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Paul Bruso

1936 - 2016 Paul Bruso, a longtime resident of Essex Center, passed away on May 23rd after his battle with cancer. Mr. Bruso was born in Bennington, VT on July 2, 1936 to Arthur and Lucienne (Gagnon) Bruso. He attended school at Sacred Heart in Bennington and was a star athlete in football and track & field. Paul turned down a football scholarship to University of New Hampshire and instead entered the apprenticeship program for General Electric. He finished the apprenticeship program as a draftsman and was immediately employed by General Electric in Burlington, where he worked for his entire 38 year career, mostly as a mechanical engineer. Paul met his wife, Roberta Kirkpatrick, in 1953 while they were both still in high school. They wed one year after high school while both were still 18 years old. During their nearly 61 years of marriage Paul and Bobby raised three children; Dennis who lives in Addison with his wife Wendy, Dennise of Bennington; and Dustin of Essex Center. Besides his wife and three children, Paul leaves behind 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. He's predeceased by his parents and his in-laws, Raymond and Jeslyn Kirkpatrick. He also leaves behind several other extended family members; the Jacksons, Yandows, Stevens families as well as many, many neighbors and friends that counted on Paul's knowledge, friendship and experience to get them through their journey of life. Of him could be said that no detail was too small to overlook nor any job too big to tackle. Mr. Bruso was known for his love of the outdoors. That included hunting, fishing and boating. Many people have to thank Paul for introducing them to the outdoors and teaching them to love it as he did. Several times his picture appeared in newspaper articles holding fish. Curiously, he never managed to harvest a deer with tenderloins! Paul was a member of the Essex Town Zoning Board for 45 years. As kind and gentle a man as he was, you did not want to be on the other side of any discussion with him. He served as an example to many on how to take charge and stand up for yourself. FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be viewing at Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home in Essex Junction from 1:00 3:00 Saturday, May 28th with a short prayer service immediately following. Any donations made in his name can go to an organization of your choice.
Published in Bennington Banner from May 25 to May 26, 2016
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