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Severna Park, MD: William Joseph Bruckel, Jr., 69, died Thursday, July 17, 2014 in Severna Park, MD from a ruptured aortic aneurysm.

Bill was born on April 28, 1945 in Philadelphia, PA to Jane Morgan Bruckel and William J. Bruckel, Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Cynthia Bruckel, Severna Park, MD; his daughter, Hannah Veltri (Todd), Pittsburg, PA; his son, Dr. Matthew Bruckel, St. Louis, MO; four sisters, Joan Bruckel (Charles Witmer) Spring Hill, FL, Nancy Elliot (John), Penfield, NY, Martha Fisk (Jeffery), Huntington, MA, Suzanne Monaghan (Robert), Inman SC; three brothers, John Bruckel, Raleigh, NC, Peter Bruckel (Michelle), Geneseo, NY, and Thomas Bruckel (Patricia), Avon, NY; sister-in-law Debra Iler, Avon, NY; five grandchildren, Dixon Veltri, Reiss Veltri, Matthew Veltri, Ava Bruckel and Leo Bruckel; 22 nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Jane and Bill Bruckel; and his brother Jerome Bruckel.

A graduate of McQuaid, Bill earned a BS in Chemistry and Economics from Cornell University, an MBA from the University of Rochester, and a law degree from the University of Miami. He served in the Navy Reserve from 1968-1970 as a LTJG where he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal.

While at McQuaid and Cornell University, he excelled in track. Following college graduation while with the Navy, Bill participated in the 1968 Olympic trials nearly making the team in the 200M. Bill was inducted into the Athletic Halls of Fame at Cornell (1998), McQuaid Jesuit High School (2011) and Section V (2013).

In his professional life, Bill has been a lawyer, a real-estate developer, and finally a consultant, working with organizations around the world to improve organizational effectiveness and develop people.

Bill's life-long quest was helping people see past superficial issues, allowing them to focus and therefore resolve the underlying "root" obstacles which limit their emotional development freeing them to live up to their true potential. He saw life as a journey to reality. He believed "there is a desperate need in every human being to be authentic and to determine our own destiny." His own journey for over 25 years enabled him to help thousands of others.

Bill's passion was his grandkids "who make my heart flutter and light up every minute of every day that I think about them. They have been a source of great inspiration to me."

A Celebration of Life for family and close friends will be held on August 30, 2014 from 2-5pm at the Avon Inn, Avon, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes to be held on September 20th in Pittsburgh, PA for Bill's grandson Reiss Veltri. http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/reissrocks

Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on July 25, 2014
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