Valentine J. Bruc
Overseas Construction Engineer, WWII
and Korean Veteran, Valentine J. Bruc of Sewaren died on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at home. He was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Mr. Bruc was a member of St. Stephens Church. He attended Woodbridge and Perth Amboy High Schools, The Citadel and graduated from South Carolina University, earning a BS in Civil Engineering.
He began working as a surveyor on the Garden State Parkway even before he graduated and continued with inspection of road and bridge construction in New Haven with the Engineering Firm of D.B. Steinman. Later, he returned back to work on the widening of the Garden State Parkway and NJ Turnpike and construction inspection for housing developments and office buildings in Central New Jersey.
A sojourner in Africa lasting twenty years began in 1960. Valentine helped build railroads, bridges, airfields, and roads in Liberia, Niger, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Benin, and Nigeria. He visited Ivory Coast, Uganda, Ghana, Togo, Gabon, Tchad, Cameroons, Sychells, Canaries, India, and Egypt. He swam in the waters of the Nile, Niger, The Red Sea, and India Ocean; visited the sites of: Churches of Lalibellia, Castles of Gondor, The Steles of Aksum, Lake Victoria, Lake Rudolph, Lake Albert, Lake Tana and Tesissat Falls (the sources of the Nile), Murchison Falls, Game Parks in Kenya, Lake Chad, Bascilica of Saint Francis Xavier in Goa.
He was predeceased by his parents, Valentine F. Bruc and Regina Konopha - Bruc - Werbowski and his daughter, Elizabeth. Survived by Elizabeth; five children, Valentine S., Caroline, Epiphanie, Elise, and Pascaline; 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Also his sister, Rosalie Pfaff, and husband Robert, cousins, nephews, and nieces.
Visitation hours were from 2-4 and 7-9 pm Monday, May 20, 2013 at Ana Maria Zevallos/ Skrocki, Home for Funerals, 467-9 State St., Perth Amboy. Funeral services will be Tuesday 9:00 am at the funeral home followed by a 10 am Mass at Blessed John Paul II Parish at St. Stephen's Church. Burial will take place at St. Stephens Cemetery.