Bruce Donald McELROY

McELROY, Bruce Donald 89, of Brooksville, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. He was born in Newark, NJ, March 11, 1924, the son of Raymond and Hazel McElroy. Bruce graduated from Springfield College with a BS in Group Work and Community Organization. He served in the Navy in World War II and married his wife, Hazel Newton on Sept. 6, 1947. Bruce will be greatly missed by his wife Hazel of 66 years; his children, Don (Suellen) McElroy, Cindy McElroy; 2 grandchildren, Erin McElroy and Brittany (Wesley) Copeland; and 2 great- grandchildren. Bruce worked as an executive with the Boy scouts of America for 38 years in Connecticut, Ohio, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. His faith was an important aspect of his life as demonstrated through participation and service at his local church. Bruce and family retired to Florida in 1988. Bruce stayed active working as a deeds restriction officer for the Brookridge community for 10 years. He also served as a volunteer for several local community organizations including, co-founder and president of the Pennsylvania Club in Brookridge, officer and member of the Lion's Club, Sheriff's Yes Board (Youth Education Services) for more than 10 years, past president and volunteer for 25 years for the Oak Hill Hospital volunteer association; recently achieving his 10,000 hour service mark. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 pm, Monday, Dec. 9, at Spring Hill United Church of Christ in Spring Hill. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to the Sheriff's Department (Y.E.S.) Youth Education Services Board. Checks may be made out to Youth Education Services, Y.E.S. Inc., P.O. Box 10070, Brooksville, FL 34603-0070.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Dec. 7, 2013