MATTHEWS, Bruce "Sarge" 82, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. He was born in Portland, Maine on Sept. 13, 1931. Sarge proudly served in the U.S. Army for 38 years, achieving the rank of E-9, Sergeant Major. He served as an advisor to the South Vietnamese army. Bruce graduated from the University of Tampa with a degree in History. In his lifetime, he pursued many hobbies and interests, such as tracing his family's geneology almost as far back as Adam & Eve. He shared his love of archeology on treks with his wife and friends. He tinkered with anything that he could find, always looking for that new adventure. It is sad that he did not write a book before he left us. Bruce is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Marianne, 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by his wife's extended family of 6 children and 8 grandchildren. During his lengthy career he received many medals and commendations including the Bronze Star and the Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal. Bruce also served as Treasurer and Judge Advocate for the American Legion Post 5. Bruce was known by many as a good and gentle man, and for his passionate and detailed stories about his adventures. He will be greatly missed by friends and family members. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Bruce Matthews to The Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, 3501 W. San Jose St., Tampa 33629.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Mar. 7, 2014