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Bruce Albert Mayer

1930 - 2018 Notice Condolences
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Mayer, Bruce Albert Mayer, Bruce Albert, 88, August 27. "We have seen the days!" Deeply beloved father of Laura of New York City and Brad (Cindy) and Lisa (Art) of Grafton. Bruce was predeceased by the love of his life, Nylene in 2009, with whom he celebrated more than 50 years of life together; Bruce left us just two days shy of what would have been their 59th wedding anniversary. He is also survived by his dear friend and sister-in-law Elizabeth "Betti" Woyak (Eugene) of Mequon as well as his cherished sister-in-law Ann Mayer of Woodruff, widow of his late older brother Brannon (2015). AKA "Brucester", "Boogie," "Prom King." Born on May 20, 1930, in Kenosha to Elmer and Bernice (Bishop) Mayer, Bruce grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Washington High School, Milwaukee, in 1948, where he ran track and played basketball and was known for his knack for writing poetry, his dancing and his charm. Joining the United States Army during the Korean War in 1951, Bruce served as a radar specialist, stationed in Ft. Bliss and Ft. Hood, Texas. He was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant Artillery Reserve Commissioned Officer in 1961. After attending Marquette University, the New York Stock Exchange Regional Rep School and the Wharton School of Business, Bruce became an investment broker and joined Paine Webber Jackson & Curtis (now UBS) in 1960, where he enjoyed a long and successful career, retiring in 2003 after 43 years. For several years in the 1970s, Bruce co-hosted a series of weekly radio stock market reviews on WTMJ-Milwaukee and WHBY-Appleton. In 1967 Bruce and Nylene bought their home on Lake Michigan between Port Washington and Grafton, and raised their family with humor, creativity and a deep love of the natural environment, documenting every step in photos and silent home movies. Bruce was not only an avid reader, especially of military and American history, and a classic movie buff, but a true Renaissance man, teaching himself everything from electrical wiring and plumbing to carpentry and engine repair. He built several additions to the house and had a burgeoning hobby making furniture. He was a true "do-it-yourself" man. Bruce was both an avid golfer and bowler, with at least one 299 game! He and Nylene had a passion for travel, visiting most of the United States with Betti and Gene Woyak as well as Ireland, Jamaica, the Bahamas and Mexico, where they not only honeymooned, but also vacationed for years in Puerto Vallarta. In 2001 they embarked on a tour of Europe with their three adult children. Bruce was a dedicated fan of the Packers, Brewers, Bucks and Nascar and was proud to live independently in the home he created with Nylene until his health declined in 2017. He leaves innumerable friends, nieces, nephews and generations of family with extraordinary memories. He instilled in his children a visceral passion for life, a vivid appreciation for music (Bruce and Nylene never missed a Summerfest or any other area outdoor music festival well into their senior years), a deep respect and love of nature, a keen eye for photography and a storyteller's ear for good humor. Donations may be made to any of the numerous organizations Bruce supported including Habitat for Humanity, , World Wildlife Fund, National Parks, Disabled Veterans. A memorial with military honors will be held at the family's home in October. Inquiries may be made through the family.
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sept. 13, 2018
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