On December 12, 2009 Gus (Bruce) Bruneman passed away peacefully at his home in Santa Rosa surrounded by his family, he was 81. He is survived by his beloved wife Esther of 55 years and his four children Mark, Lorie, Kurt and Erik. Gus will be greatly missed by his children and their spouses Sandee, Karen and Patrice; his 14 grandchildren Jennifer, Jana, Jacob, Justin, Beau, Brett, Brooke, Heidi, Anthony, Perry, Tammy, MJ, Maxwell, and Vivian; great granddaughter Dasie; and his faithful dogs BJ and Hershey. Gus also leaves behind his favorite twin sister Marianne Hanley; his nephews John, Matt, Michael; niece Kathleen; and his brothers-in-law James and Pera Daniels. Gus was born and raised in San Francisco. He attended school at St. Brigid Elementary, Galileo High, SF State, Golden Gate University and USC. He served as a Private in the US Army during World War II. Next to his wife and children, he loved his job as a San Francisco Police Officer. Gus retired as a Commander after 30 years working his way up through the ranks. Gus started the SFPD Dog Unit with his dog Tonka along with his best friend, Arthur O'Keefe and his dog Rommel, back in the 60's and implemented the Tactical Squad Unit. He co-founded the San Francisco Police Athletic League in 1959 where he loved working with kids coaching football. After retiring from the SFPD, he became Chief Inspector for the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. Gus was also an avid handball player. Family and friends are invited to a Funeral Mass at St. Brendan Church in San Francisco on Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. with a viewing beginning at 1:00 p.m. Immediately following will be a reception to celebrate his life. A private burial will be held at later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the San Francisco Police Athletic League (SFPAL), 350 Amber Street, San Francisco, CA 94131 or Heartland Hospice c/o HCR Manor Care Foundation, 333 N. Summit Street, PO Box 10086, Toledo, OH 43690.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Dec. 15 to Dec. 17, 2009