Walter George Bruhl Jr.
Walter George Bruhl, Jr.

Newark & Dewey Beach

Walter George Bruhl, Jr. of Newark and Dewey Beach, DE is no more, he is bereft of life, he is deceased, he has expired and gone to meet his maker. He drifted off this mortal coil on March 9, 2014 in Punta Gorda, Florida. His spirit was released from his worn out shell of a body and is now exploring the universe.

He was surrounded by his loving wife of 57 years, Helene Sellers Bruhl. He is also survived by his son, Walter III, wife Melissa; daughters, Carly and Paige and son, Martin, wife Debra; son, Sam and daughter, Kalla. Walt loved and enjoyed his grandkids.

He was born in Phila. PA. on April 20, 1933 to Blanche Buckman Bruhl and Walter George Bruhl. He drifted through the Philadelphia Public School System graduating from John Bartram High School in 1951. Walter was a Marine Corps Veteran of the Korean War having served from 1951 to 1954, with overseas duty in Japan. He was employed by the late great DuPont company for 32 years.

Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate Walt's life in their own way, raising a glass of their favorite drink in his memory would be quite appropriate. Instead of flowers, Walt would hope that you will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for some poor unfortunate soul in his name. A memorial luncheon in Walt's honor will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 1PM at Deerfield, Newark, DE.

Published by The News Journal on Mar. 13, 2014.
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Walter obviously had a great enjoyment of life! I wish his family well as they move through this process.
August 14, 2015
What a superb sense of humor. Wish I could have known you. Blessings to your family, and thank you for sharing this to the world!
Vicki Gaudet
April 11, 2014
What a wonderful man ... his humor reminded me of my Father who passed many years ago.

Bless you all and I will do as he asked and help someone today less fortunate.
Doreen Moyst
March 25, 2014
Rest In Peace Walter
Sincere man, beautiful Obitutuary brought me to tears.
Thank you Wayne.
Wayne Dipple
March 21, 2014
Is it as fascinating to you as it is to me that so many people who never knew Walt would feel compelled to write about him apparently because of his eccentric and humorous obituary - which it seems he wrote himself? Why is it, I wonder, that we never praise until it's after the fact?
Bill Kester
March 19, 2014
The most uplifting obituary I have ever read. Thank you Walter for sharing a part of your life with us.

Saepe Expertus, Semper Fidelis, Fratres Aeterni.

Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever.

Thank you for your service to this nation.
Harry Simpson
March 18, 2014
Rest in peace you funny man.
Blessings and love to your family.
Signed, a stranger in Oregon who smiled for the first time reading an obituary
Danna Chase
March 18, 2014
I read your grandfathers obituary online at CNN and thought he must have been such a wonderful man and he will be missed by so many. My prayers go out to his family! He is in a wonderful place smiling down on you All.God bless his family for following through on his final wishes!
Mary-Jean Sznurkowski
March 18, 2014
Sir, from one Veteran to another, Thank You for your service to Our Country.
To your family I am sorry for your loss. Though one should truly know, one does not truly lose anyone, if they keep the fond memories of their dearly departed forever replaying in their hearts. May the brightest memories always make your heart the lightest and your mind at the most ease.
Anthony Guddo
March 18, 2014
His mother Blanche was my mom's good friend. I was sad to hear he had passed but know his Mom and Dad were there to welcome him into eternity. Good bye to another Chester Avenue alum.
Elizabeth Kyle-Campbell
March 17, 2014
My thoughts and prayers to the family. They only die ....if you let them. Walt sounds like he was a great guy and will be missed. I plan to honor his wishes by an act of kindness...wish I had the opportunity to have known him.
March 16, 2014
Speaking directly to Walt - (He is certainly the tyupe of person who will be reading this too !) "It is my misfortune to have never met you; but, you certainly sound like my kind of friend. I will honour your wishes, haring a glass of rum with my own wife and will also add funding to the Shriners' hospitals in your name. Thanks Walt, for adding this final jesture of levity to your life."
Dave Bulford
March 16, 2014
You sir have touched my heart with your wit and humor. I am happy to have known you only by your obituary, but rather to have known you by that than to not have known you at all. You left a smile on my face and I will be paying it forward as you requested to someone in need. Thank you
Amy Delaney
March 16, 2014
Forty years later, Walt, your humor is still unique - and it's a blessing to you and yours. God speed.
Bill Kester
March 16, 2014
Hello. My name is Jason. I reside in Michigan and I often talked to Walter. He has helped me spiritually and mentally and I will sorely miss those conversations. I offer my condolences to his family. He was going to help me and my son with our situation but I know things happen for a reason. He was a great man and I will forever be in his debt. I cn be reached at 313 400 1663 for any information on
Jason Ahmed
March 16, 2014
I just read about Walter's story on CNN. How wonderful to have such a special remembrance of him penned by his own hand. I am so sorry for your loss and will be praying for your family. May God grant you comfort and peace now and in the days to come.
Carol Lepp
March 16, 2014
Like, Walt. Hope that my end will be similar. Best to you and yours.
March 16, 2014
I read about Walter in an article in my local paper. I have to tell you this made me smile and wish I knew him. I know he's smiling down on you all.
Jennifer Hood
March 16, 2014
A sense of humor in this world is a must! This man must have brought much joy to your family. My sister passed last October, and we had a celebration of life befitting of her - including a conga line! Many thoughts and prayers for you all.
March 16, 2014
I read about Walter's obituary on CNN this morning. I know, in a very personal way, how special it is to have someone in your life with such a vibrant sense of humor and so full of life. Almost 10 years ago my sister died of MS. She was sick for about 5 years and knew that she was going to die so she had plenty of time to reflect on her funeral. She had one major request - Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" had to be played. And it was. And my whole family sang along while laughing and crying simultaneously.

Here's to having laughter ever-present - before you're here, while you're here and after you're here. :-)

In all sincerity though, I am very sorry for your's easy to tell that he was quite an incredible man.
Carrie Lemke
March 16, 2014
THere's the old saying that music makes the world go round. No - I say laughter. Can you imagine how things might of turned out if Walter had been sent to areas of conflict in the world? He would of made people see things from a different perspective and made them laugh. Thank you for allowing us the privilege of getting to know your dad. My condolences to your family.
Debra Stirrup
March 16, 2014
Good on ya, Walter. What a gent you are, and am so certain that your family misses that marvelous sense of humor so very much. Blessings! (Save a seat for me on your universal wanderings. I'm certain that a good fellow like yourself has the best seat in the house.)
Tom Richards
March 16, 2014
May your light shine forever, your family was blessed with a wonderful person, oh how lucky.I read the obit early this morning and it brought a big smile and a happy chuckle to my life. My prayers are with The Bruhl family,I will carry out your request and do something for a poor person. May god bless all of you.
Gerrye Sequeira
March 16, 2014
Cheers Walt.
Nicholas Mudarrie
March 16, 2014
He sounds like an awesome person!! You were so lucky to have him! God bless you all!
March 16, 2014
Bless anyone who would possess the sense of humor to quote a Monty Python sketch in penning his own obit. Walter must have been quite the character....we should all be so lucky to bring so many smiles to the faces of others. My deepest condolences to his family, and thank you to the family for sharing such a wonderful memory of Walter. I intend to go out and do my good deed in his name first chance that I get!
Beth McSweeney
March 15, 2014
Here's one or more to you Walter. May you rest in peace
March 15, 2014
I don't know ur family. But Im so sorry for ur loss. I resd ur story u sound that u knew what u had in mind. God bless u.
Marie hudson
March 15, 2014
My condolences are with yur family! God bless.....
Sarah Fixel
March 15, 2014
My sincere condolences to the family for your loss. May your treasured memories and the drawing close to God in prayer help comfort you in your time of sorrow. Jeremiah 29:12,13
March 15, 2014
While I do not know anyone in this family, I was touched by Walter's obituary. After reading some of these comments, you can tell he was very special to a lot of people! I'm thankful that I had the chance to read how people love and remember him. Thank you for allowing so many the oppertunity to celebrate Walter's life. Prayers for all of you through this difficult time.
March 15, 2014
Semper Fi Walt!!
Cpl. Eric Greer
March 15, 2014
May he rest in peace knowing that he left one, final hint at his life pleasures as he departed!
Lynn Herndon
March 14, 2014
Bruhl Family, What a wonderful man your husband, Father and grandfather was. What a tragic loss. I appreciate his being a good friend to my Father and being a long lasting poker player in the DuPont Poker group. God Bless you all on your loss, and a fantastic job of getting his notice out to the world.
Mark Gerhard
March 14, 2014
Dear Mrs.Bruhl and Family I am so sorry to hear about Mr> Bruhl I remember my going to the beach and my parents and you and Mr Bruhl were always together. Mrs. Bruhl I just saw you both a year ago at the store I am so sorry. Martin and Walter my heart goes out to you both I am so so sorry your father was a Good Man and a funny Man. my thoughts and prayers to you and your family
deneen capano
March 14, 2014
My Dear Friend Helene and Family,

I am so sorry to have heard of Walts passing. No words can express how deeply sorry I am. I remember all the great times we spent at the beach in Dewey years ago, and the wonderful friendship we had together with our kids, Walter and Martin,Carmine and Deneen. Vinnie and I and you and Walt spent many days together on the beach. I am so, so, sadden for your loss and I will always remember Walt and the great times we had in Dewey Beach.

My thoughts and prayes are with you and your family.

Your friend,
Pat Capano-Ettinger
March 14, 2014
WOW!! He must of been a great guy!!! May he rest in peace and enjoy his new journey.

March 14, 2014
I laughed and cried when I read Mr. Bruhl's obituary…so humorous, yet his passing must be so terribly difficult for his family. I read of his passing not knowing that my mother worked with Mr. Bruhl. He reminds me of my father, who was also very humorous and worked at du Pont-perhaps they all exchanged some laughs. I thought I was the only person who penned his or her own obituary, but I'm glad to see I am not. Mr. Bruhl, thank you for sharing your humor with my mother, probably my father (who died too many years ago to ask him about you), with me and with sooooo many others, thanks to your grandson Sam's original posting. I'm certain you will find happiness, find peace and spread humor where you are now. To the Bruhl family, please accept my heartfelt condolences.
March 14, 2014
I worked with you during my early days at "good ole DuPont". Enjoy your "celestial" retirement and blessing to your family.
Bob Kern
March 14, 2014
I enjoyed working with you at "good ole DuPont". You lived a good life-now enjoy your celestial retirement!

God Bless the family.

Bob Kern
March 14, 2014
God's speed to a husband, father, grandfather, soldier and wickedly humorous man. First, thank you for your service. And the world is a little less bright tonight, but for the stars he left in the bright eyes of his family and those lucky enough to have known the man. Thank God your young bride had you for the time HE gave you both. I was not lucky enough to have known the Man, and that will forever be my loss. Thanks for showing the mundane how to take the last long walk with a kick in their step. JPFlynn
John Flynn
March 13, 2014
Even though I don't know you I am going to have a drink in your honor because the world should be filled with more people like you. I know your family will miss you but I hope you enjoy your trip around the universe. You are one cool guy and it is my loss I never had a chance to make your acquantance........
Louise Salandanan
March 13, 2014
Dude, You rock, and I salute you!!!!! I can only hope I can go out like you. Too awesome.
Patrick G.
March 13, 2014
I saw Walter's obituary. The one he wrote. More people should do this if they can. This kind of thing, allows life, to continue in a way, that helps people look at life, with a little uniqueness, & fun. A great way to be remembered forever & ever. My Condolences to Walter's family & Friends.
David Bogue
March 13, 2014
I did not know Walter, but from reading his obituary you can tell he was a fun loving, great, genuine guy. Your witty words brought a smile to my face. Will pass on your kindness to others. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Rayna Dwyer
March 13, 2014
Our condolences go out to all of you. I didn't know your dad but he sounds like he had a good sense of humor. You must of made some great memories together. I will pay it forward.n Rest in peace Marine, thank you for your service sir.

Jim and Rosely Robinson
Rosely Robinson
March 13, 2014
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful deep hearted gentle giant! God bless him in his new jounery! God sure bless his family and friends with his wonderful sense of humor!!!! More of us should be so lucky!!!! Maria McPadden Ansonia, CT
Maria McPadden
March 13, 2014
In recognition of Walter George Bruhl, Jr's Honorable Service in the United States Marine Corps, the members of the SSgt Walter F. 'Trae' Cohee III Detachment # 115, Salisbury, MD as of well as the members the Tri-Cities Detachment # 969, Gray, TN of the Marine Corps League would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude for his service to God, Country and Corps as well as our sincere condolences to his family.


Don Elseroad
Staff Sergeant USMC (Ret)
MCL Detachment # 115 & # 969
Don Elseroad
March 13, 2014
I did not know Walter but I read his obituary online which is so witty and real. I will raise a glass to him and be randomly kind. My condolences.
March 13, 2014
I never knew him but wished I did. On my day off each week, my wife and I bake and distribute 90 loaves of bread to the hungry in our area. Tomorrow we do it in honor and memory of Mr. Bruhl. this is us...
John Clement
March 13, 2014
Well done, Marine. I didn't know you, but I honor your service, and your humor. What a great example you are for all of us.
Chuck Sherman
March 13, 2014
Martin. Our heartfelt wishes go out to you and the entire family. Sorry to hear about the passing of your father.
Dan and Bonnie DiMichele
March 13, 2014
So very touching that Walter put others needs ahead of his. Wonderful memories for his wonderful family. Condolences to all of you.
Barbara Furtado
March 13, 2014
What a wonderful man. I bet you had a very happy and laughed alot during your marriage. Just know how many strangers have sent their condolences just from this one obit. May he rest in peace and may you know that so many people have blessed this man.
Rhoda Stranger
March 13, 2014
Walt, I never knew you but you are one hell ( heaven now) of a man Rest In Peace
john uzialko
March 13, 2014
I also saw your obituary online. I never meet this fine gentleman but his family was blessed with him! My sympathies to his greatly loved wife and family. I will also honor his request to pay it forward!!
L White
March 13, 2014
Raising my glass to a wonderful man
March 13, 2014
What a joyful soul that enriches those of us here on earth. An act of kindness with the humor that this man possessed must have been a daily happiness. His words of his life are being celebrated with laughter and joy. Peace be with the family of Mr. Walter George Bruhl, Jr. May the laughter be forever among you.
Donald La Rovere
March 13, 2014
will definitely add an extra act just for you!
Frank Davis
March 13, 2014
You were so very fortunate to have this man in your life! It sounds like you will have many good memories to cherish. I wish I would have known him.
Sharon Mazar
March 13, 2014
To Walter's family and friends you truly had a great man in your lives. Luckily for you, you had a life time to learn and appreciate him. We have not been so lucky; but by his own pen we got a small lesson. You have our sympathy in your great loss. I also called my grandfather - PopPop. That brought me many happy memories, thank you. I will happily do some acts of kindness in his honor. Peace to all of you.
Karen Lamb
March 13, 2014
I didn't know you, but you remind me so much of my father, John J. Cronan. I hope that you get a chance to meet my dad because you will indeed enjoy his humor. My Dad too would of loved to be stood up at his funeral holding a cocktail! He actually asked my Mom to have his casket placed in a bar or our living room & a huge cocktail party around him. My mom said no, but it would of been fun. I will do a random act of kindness in your name & my dad. Thank you for the big smiles & laughter you gave me.
Ann L'Altrella
March 13, 2014
How wonderful to have had this man in your lives. I didn't know him; but will think of him and try my best to pay his good deeds forward. RIP and smile!
March 13, 2014
Cheers to Walt - what an inspirational gift he gave to his loved ones and all those reading his obituary. I will most certainly honor his request and pay it forward in his name! Thanks for sharing.
Mitri Licieur
March 13, 2014
What a kind Gentleman he must have been! My Beloved Husband of 65 years send our condolences to his Wife and the rest of his Family! I too am going to get the Jack Daniels out to salute my man if he goes before me! May his soul rest inPeace. Condolences!
Nora Kawalec
March 13, 2014
Sounds like a neat fella. Can't wait to see in heaven one day. RIP
March 13, 2014
To the family of Mr. Bruhl, thank you for sharing his obit with us. I will do an act of kindness in his memory. My condolences to all of you, I know it's a great loss. God Bless all of you at this difficult time.
Marie Bernier
March 13, 2014
For I never knew this man , his heart was made of gold S.I. P Mr. Bruhl ....
Alma Estrella
March 13, 2014
Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. I also read about Mr. Bruhl's obituary online and found it inspiring. Even if he "is a dead person; he is no more; he is bereft of life; he is deceased; he has rung down the curtain and gone to join the choir invisible; he has expired and gone to meet his maker...', he is still impacting so many lives. Even though I did not know him personally, I will honor him as he requested....with my beverage of choice (while raising my glass to him) and doing an unexpected, unsolicited act of kindness in his name. Have fun exploring the universe Mr. Bruhl.
Paulina Greene Stone
March 13, 2014
Very inspirational....You sir, sounded like one heck of a man! Thank you and your family for your service, and may you rest in peace with your maker!
Deidre Kubis
March 13, 2014
Mr. Bruhl - I grant your wish for a random act of kindness. Thank you for the laughs and the tears your wit and wisdom brought to me upon reading of your demise.
John Kurko
March 13, 2014
Walt must have been a wonderful Husband, Dad and Granddad. My sympathy to his family. What a kind man he must have been. I'm sure he will be greatly missed! Wishing all of you comfort and peace!
Sharon Rineer
March 13, 2014
I worked with Walt for many years at DuPont Eagle Run Plant. Nice gentleman and lots of laughs. So sorry for your loss. He won't be forgotten.
Susan Watkins
March 13, 2014
I don't know you all but I saw the story about this obituary online and just wanted to pass on my condolences. I imagine this is a great loss as from this obit he wrote he seemed to be a really great person to have in your life. I have you all in my prayers and I will be giving a random act of kindness to a stranger in his honor. :-)
Michelle Urps
March 13, 2014
I did not know Mr. Bruhl, but I will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for some poor unfortunate soul in his name. With condolences, Rev. Furlow
Rev Sonya Furlow
March 13, 2014
Sending my heartfelt sympathies. Like many others, I read about his obituary online. His humor and kindness made me smile. What an inspiration!
Judy Kuchinski
March 13, 2014
We send our deepest sympathies at this difficult time of the passing of your father, father-in-law, grandfather. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. I will honor his wishes to do something for someone less fortunate than I. God Bless. Annie, Damian, Brandon, Zach Allen
Annie Allen
March 13, 2014
Offering my deepest sympathies at this very difficult time. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Barbara Lindinger
Ocean view, DE
March 13, 2014
I read several of articles on Mr. Bruhl's obit. So touching, so personal. It has inspired me to consider writing my own obit. RIP
Maxx Castle
March 13, 2014
Only know of Walter from the recent media attention, but he's obviously someone we all would have liked to have known. God bless.
John V.
March 13, 2014
It is obvious that Walter's passing is a great loss for his family and his friends. You have our thoughts and prayers in your grieving. How wonderful that his last thought was to bring a smile to the faces of so many people he never met. He left a mark and that's the measure of a good life. God bless him and his family.
David C
March 13, 2014
To the family of Mr. Bruhl Jr. his obituary certainly made me smile. Asking others to do kind acts for others is by far the biggest tribute to his life. As a Marine Mom, I want to say to Mr. Bruhl OohRah and Semper Fi. His obituary while humorous is an inspiration to us all. My prayers are with you, his family and to the many friends he leaves behind who will remember him with a smile on their faces.
Mary MacElveen
March 13, 2014
May the Angels in heaven lift you to the heaven. Thats where a wonderful man like u belongs. Our paths have never crossed but ur obituary put a smile on mine and my families face and for that i thank u. In ur name i will do simple acts of kindness.
Amanda Hernandez
March 12, 2014
Offering our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.
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March 13, 2014
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