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Bruce W. Martin Notice
Martin, Bruce W. Passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at the age of 70. Bruce divided his time between Brookfield; Sanibel Island, Florida; and his beloved home on Crystal Lake, Wisconsin. Bruce is survived by his wife of 50 years, Patricia, three children; Michael (Debbie) of Delafield; Julie (Christopher) Gentine of Plymouth; and Brian of Plymouth; five grandchildren, Caitlin, Hailey and Nicholas Martin; Sophie and Saunders Gentine; and one sister Lynn (Ted) Moreau of Bayside. Bruce, the son of Fred and Fern Martin, was born in Milwaukee on October 4, 1942. He grew up in Plymouth where he met his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Patricia (nee Burkart). The couple graduated from Plymouth High School in 1961 and were married in 1964 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth. After graduating from high school, the couple immediately started raising their family while Bruce worked on obtaining his real estate license. He worked tirelessly at his profession, eventually starting his own company. He subsequently joined forces with Re/Max Southwest, Inc. in 1989, forming the largest Re/Max Company in Wisconsin, Re/Max Realty 100. Bruce was a highly respected business leader in the real estate community. He was known for the kindness and fairness that he extended to his clients, business associates, agents and employees. Bruce was a past board member of the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors. He received the Broker/Owner of the Year Award multiple times by Re/Max North Central. In 2007 Bruce was given the Outstanding and Dedicated Service Award by the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors. In 2008 he was honored by the National Association of Realtors and elevated to the status of Realtor Emeritus. In 2008 Bruce was also the honored recipient of the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors' Lifetime Achievement Award and was surprised by the standing ovation he received. Bruce was a member of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and spent many years racing sports cars at race tracks around the Midwest, collecting many ribbons and trophies along the way. In 1976 Bruce won first place in his race class at the June Sprints races at Road America in Elkhart Lake. Bruce was a gentle man and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. There was nothing more important to him than his family who he loved fiercely. Bruce enjoyed fishing with his wife, children and grandchildren in the Gulf of Mexico and at Crystal Lake. It was not uncommon to see Bruce picking up his grandchildren at the end of the pier at 6:00 AM to go out fishing for the morning before heading back home for pancakes with grandma. Bruce also enjoyed long walks on the beaches of Sanibel Island with his wife Pat and their dog Sam. Family will greet friends on Monday, October 22, from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at the Feerick Funeral Home followed by a service honoring Bruce's life at 7:00 PM celebrated by Very Reverend Dennis E. Van Beek. In lieu of flowers, his family has established a memorial fund to benefit the Elmbrook Humane Society, 20950 Enterprise Avenue, Brookfield, WI 53045.
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Oct. 19 to Oct. 21, 2012
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