Bruce Walmer October 26, 1954 - March 17, 2021 Tacoma, Washington - Bruce Kyle Walmer, age 66, born and raised in Tacoma, died March 17, 2021 from a sudden stroke. He was born on October 26th, 1954 at Madigan Hospital to parents "Jake" and Lorraine Walmer. Bruce is survived by his wife Lesley and son James, as well as his sister Susan Burton and husband Luis, cousins Kirsten, Michelle and Rachel, and several nieces and nephews. Bruce graduated from Wilson High School and eventually received his Master's Degree at Covenant Seminary in Lakewood WA. Upon graduation from seminary Bruce served at the Good Shepherd Mission Church, an outdoor church catering to homeless individuals. He then founded his non-profit "Crossing Bridges" in 2017, in order to expand his ministry to serve those living on the streets, in the woods and in homeless camps. His mission was to "love them like Jesus," offering hope and resources, meeting both spiritual and material needs -- through one-to-one relationship. Bruce worked with a variety of community members and leaders, including the Tacoma Homeless Coalition, local businesses, various churches, shelters, as well as fire and police departments. He served our local homeless community for approximately 11 years. Other organizations and activities Bruce had been involved with over the years included The Elks Club, Life Christian Choir, DeMolay, and a gospel quintet. Bruce was well known for his fun, outgoing and engaging personality, lively sense of humor, and for always stopping to help those he encountered in need. He had an exceptional connection with people, and no one he met was a stranger for long! Bruce will always be remembered as a faithful and adoring husband and devoted Dad -- always wanting the very best for his family. In the future, we look forward to meeting with him again in the awesome presence of our Lord Jesus Christ; we greatly miss him now, but we are apart for only a short time in the light of eternity..... The memorial/celebration of life service for Bruce will be held on Sunday, August 22nd at 2:00 P.M. at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor.
Published by News Tribune (Tacoma) on Jul. 30, 2021.
To Leslie, James and parents, Bruce was a great man! I dated him shortly in high school! He was always smiling and joking around! His nick name was I think windy! My parents lived across from him and Leslie! My dad referred to him as "Mr Rogers"! I will miss him too! Hugs and prayers to you all! He will be missed!
Jodi (Brandvold) Barnes
August 18, 2021
I met Bruce back in high school when I dropped into a store in Fircrest that he and his friend, Ken Grassi co-owned and operated. Thru the years, I would see Bruce around town and it was like no time had passed at all, and we would share information about our families, our dreams, our joys, and on occasion, our sorrows. Bruce was always so Christ-like, and although I know we will cross paths again someday, today I feel as if we have lost a vital man in our world, and I am sad. (I´m sorry, Bruce.). My condolences to the family. Rest well, dear friend.
August 11, 2021
In His Love, Terry Morris
August 3, 2021
Pastor Bruce came in to our store Vercillo´s Catholic Book And Gift regularly for over 10 years. We became good friends. He came to learn many devotions of Catholics and incorporate them in his ministry eg the rosary, divine mercy chap let, saint prayer cards, saint medals etc. we shared many stories and always laughter a lot. Such a dedicated servant of the Lord to all people. Loving but also demanding accountability of his flock. Tacoma and the people he served so dedicatedly will miss him beyond words can convey. Our condolences and prayers for his wonderful wife and son. Missing him and his smile, but we will see him with the Lord.
Dennis and Toni Vercillo
July 31, 2021
I met Bruce when we lived at the Highland Condos. He was the social chairman of our group, we all loved him. I ran into him years later, and he was still such a genuine person.
July 31, 2021
Friends in DeMolay and for years, sure will be missed.
July 30, 2021
My deepest sympathy to Bruce's family and to the community of Tacoma and our homeless community. Bruce met with me and listened and gave me hope when my eldest son was a missing person a few years ago. Bruce was a wonderful, caring person. Prayers to all who will miss him.
July 30, 2021
A friend since high school and a friend for life, We shall be together again my friend. Gob Bless
July 30, 2021
May Gods promise found in John 6: 40, of the hope to see our loved one again,comfort your heart and give you peace,strength and hope in the days ahead.