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Robert "Bruce" Pooley Bruce was born in Tacoma, Washington on August 17th, 1939 to William and Mary Pooley. He passed away peacefully on April 3, 2014 from Pulmonary Fibrosis. Born and raised in Tacoma, he attended Stadium High School class of '58, worked at Food King grocery store, and was a coffee salesman for 35 years. Bruce was married to Sally and they would have celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary this month. Bruce was happy as long as there were people around. He loved parties, socializing, and had a multitude of friends to do the things he loved the most: bowling, golfing, traveling, playing cards, going to casinos, and doing fantasy sports. Bruce was a family man that loved his best friend and wife, Sally, their two children Shelley and Scott, and four grandsons. Even though his lung disease cut his active life short, he was at total peace knowing he would join other family in heaven with Jesus. He tried to comfort his family at the end and help them cope with his illness and imminent death. Bruce truly cared about others and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was proud of his Scottish heritage and always enjoyed the Scottish Highland Games and other Scottish events. Bruce was in the Army Reserves for six years. He was a member of Mt Cross Lutheran Church in University Place. He is survived by wife Sally, daughter Shelley Minniti (Mike), son Scott (Jennifer), and grandsons Spencer, Colby, Liam, and Landon. He also leaves his sisters Helen Sampson and Shelia (Les) Moe, sister-in-law Barbara Pooley, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers William (Ed) Pooley and Douglas Pooley. The family would like to thank St. Joseph's Hospital doctors and nurses for their special care, and also his Primary Care Physician, Dr. Stephen Hillis. Friends and Family are welcome to a viewing on Thursday, April 10th, 3:00-7:00 PM, at New Tacoma Funeral Home, 9212 Chambers Creek Rd W, University Place. Graveside services will be held at New Tacoma Cemetery on Friday April 11th at 1:00 PM. A celebration of his life will be will be held at Mt. Cross Lutheran Church, 8902 40th St. W, University Place, at 3:00 PM; a reception will follow. Donations can be made to Mt. Cross Memorial Fund. Please sign the guest book at

Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Apr. 9, 2014
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