Bruce Weisman

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Longtime Alaska resident Bruce Dean Weisman, 68, died May 1, 2010, due to complications from cancer.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Anchorage Funeral Home, 1800 Dare Ave. A burial service will be at 1 p.m. May 16 at East Lawn Memorial Park in Sacramento, Calif.

Bruce was born June 21, 1941, in Los Angeles. He served in the Navy Seabees from 1960 to 1963. He was a self-taught welder and, as he liked to say, a licensed cosmetologist. He owned Ornamental Iron and Welding and taught welding at Lake Tahoe, Nev., before arriving in Alaska in 1977.

Here he was employed by Welding & Testing Institute of Alaska, Veco and CH2M Hill as an instructor, shop foreman, certified welding inspector and quality assurance expert. He was also a member of BP's emergency response team. Bruce was a chairman and 33-year member of the American Welding Society, Alaska Section 125, and a member of the Porsche Club of Alaska and the Petroleum Club.

Bruce was passionate about teaching his trade to others. He was a founding member of the Mat-Su Borough School District Welding Advisory Board. His involvement, dedication and commitment were integral in the creation of a state-of-the art welding lab, a certification program for students and summer welding and certifications classes for Alaska teachers.

Bruce is survived by his daughter, Chelsea Doolittle of Reno, Nev.; brother, Claude Weisman of Sacramento; nephew, Paul Weisman of Sacramento; cousins, Malcolm Lubliner of Richmond, Calif., Bari Sue Cohen of Tampa, Fla., and Heather Rabinowitz, of Orlando, Fla.; and many close friends both near and far.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bruce Weisman's memory may be made to the Mat-Su School District Student Welding Program, 501 N. Gulkana St., Palmer 99645.

Arrangements are with Anchorage Funeral Home & Crematory.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from May 9 to May 10, 2010
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