John Waddell Jr.

Waddell, Jr., John Bruce Proctor God bless this kind, sweet gentleman who brought us a lifetime of beautiful memories. "Bruce" was born February 27, 1928 at Ellis Hospital of Schenectady, New York to Ada and Jack Waddell, who emigrated from Scotland through Ellis Island, New York. Bruce passed away, Friday, June 22, 2013 at Presbyterian Hospital of Allen, Texas at the age of 85, surrounded by his loving family. In 1945, Bruce enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he earned the right and was forever proud to be a Marine, with honor, courage and commitment. SEMPER FI, Bruce! He then graduated from Collingswood High School in Collingswood, New Jersey in 1946. His business career took him to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania for two years and also the RCA Management School. His final years in business were as President of the Altec Service Corporation and Co-owner of ASC Sound and Technical Service Corporations for sound and projection equipment in motion picture theaters nationwide. Bruce's notable accomplishments include sound systems at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., the J.C. Penney Corporation headquarters, the early celebrity tournaments at T-Bar-M Tennis Ranch in Dallas and his Company's participation in the Neiman-Marcus Christmas Parade benefiting Children's Hospital. He also provided radio communications for the San Francisco Fire Department. Bruce was preceded in death by his beautiful daughter, Beth Waddell Ivester of Batavia, Ohio and his parents Ada and Jack Waddell of Daytona Beach, Florida. Bruce is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Martha Jean Clayton Waddell and they had been sweethearts since high school. He is also survived by his daughter, Linda Anne Waddell Tunney and husband, Edward Tunney of Easton, Maryland and is survived by his son, John Waddell, III and wife Paula Stephens Waddell of Plano, Texas. Bruce is also survived by his sister, Grace Waddell Miller of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. His great joy and pride were in his five grandchildren, Jeffrey, Carolyn, and James Tunney of Easton, Maryland and Claire and Christopher Waddell of Plano, Texas, along with numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, June 28th at Sparkman Richardson Funeral Directors, 1029 S. Greenville Avenue, Richardson, TX 75080. (972) 238-7855. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bruce's honor to the Wounded Warrior Project. A private interment will be held at the Dallas/Ft. Worth National Cemetery.


Funeral Home

Sparkman Funeral Home & Cremation Services
1029 South Greenville Ave Richardson, TX 75081
(972) 238-7855

Published in Dallas Morning News on June 27, 2013