BRUNO, Captain Jack
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June 9, 1920 - December 3, 2012
With great sadness, we announce the passing of our husband and father. Respectfully known as "King of the Fraser River" for his expertise, Captain Jack Bruno was described as being able to navigate the river with his eyes closed, an invaluable skill on foggy days. After many years working as a young boy in Vancouver Harbour on the Eagle IV, his family's boat, he created Swiftsure Towing Co. in New Westminster. As well as towing scows and logs, he used his tugs to break ice to allow winter traffic on the Fraser. In 1990, Jack received a Ports Canada award and was one of less than 10 people nationwide to be so honoured up to that time. Well known for his inventiveness, and ingenuity, Jack was a "hands on" owner and would never ask his men to do something that he wouldn't do. He truly was a Jack of all trades, including electrician, engineer, and mechanic. He believed that anything could be fixed or be made to run more efficiently. While travelling as a guest on a freighter, Jack got their new engine up to speed when trained professionals could not, and subsequently was offered a job as a worldwide trouble shooter. A phenomenal negotiator, Jack settled a three day strike in Africa and also did negotiations with First Nations for a large forest company because of the trust level he had with all parties. He was a man of his word. A handshake was good enough. As a member of the Native Sons, Jack was instrumental in establishing the New Westminster Museum adjacent to Irving House. He was also an active member of the Chamber of Commerce. Jack retired at 46 to travel the world, work out in the gym and swim. He designed and built his dream yacht, the Tamoure "beautiful girl", and travelled throughout the north-western coastal waters with family and friends. Visiting dignitaries from many countries enjoyed his knowledge of the river while cruising the Fraser. Predeceased by sisters, Margaret Fleming and Dorothy Kleaman and survived by his wife of 66 years, Jean (nee Jackson), daughters, Jan and Joy Bruno, grandchildren, Deanna (Peter), Chattaway and Larry Waldron, granddogs, Jackson and Kei Kei, great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Thomas, and Nicholas Chattaway. Celebration of Life at his residents' clubhouse on December 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Dec. 8, 2012