Grateful that my sisters, brother and I were able to have a brief visit with Bruce while in Chicago for a birthday celebration last year. I was taken with him resembling his father ( uncle Vinnie to us) and remembering his warm cheerful smile! And now to know that those two are reunited once again. With heartfelt condolences to the Formaggio family. Cousin Linda
I just want to share with everyone what my best friend from who I've known since half of first grade shared with me. Jane grew up with me and knew my Brother Bruce. When we were kids we used to go to baseball games together in Chicago. Go Cubbies!!!
I thought I'd share with you this dream I had last night.
I was in a building with a lot of people and Bruce walked up behind me and put his hands on my shoulders and said "Hi, Jane". I turned around in shock and asked him how he was doing and he said "fine". I followed him and he entered a mens restroom near where you were all sitting at a table and I asked "how could this be" and you guys just smiled at me. He came out of the bathroom and smiled at me and then the dream was over.
I dream a lot about my lady friends who have since passed away as well as my dad, of course. I think Bruce was just telling me that he's OK and happy. He had his bright big smile and was in a very good mood. This building we were in resembled the inner confines of a baseball stadium if that tells you anything.
It was a very sweet, nice dream that you can pass on to your Mom or whoever.
We are both so very sorry for you, Barbara and your mom, Jeanette. Bruce will be in peace now and not suffer any longer. You will find comfort in the memories you have of him. Our deepest sympathies to the entire family. Those we know and those we don't know.
To my dear cousins: I am so sorry about another loss in our big family. May your hearts be filled with warm thoughts and treasured moments of Bruce.
"Uncle" Bruce lived the words "friend", "patriot", "brother". He always stayed faithful to his convictions, lived by a code of honor and loyalty. The Vietnam experience shaped a big part of his identity, and was proud to have served his country.
I had the honor of sharing some of the most important aspects of Uncle Bruce's character through a shared trip with my father and brother to Vietnam to walk in past footsteps, and various Spring Training vacations in Arizona to watch the Cubs and hear the battle cry of Woo Woo.
These experiences with a man of tradition, principle, and honor who lived the old code will forever be cherished, and I am a better man through the sharing of family and brotherhood with my Uncle Bruce. May you be forever at peace. Until we meet again...
John Wayne Parsons