October 12, 1955 ~ July 28, 2020

Born in: Pottsville, PA
Resided in: Stone Mountain, GA

Bruce G. Walters, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, July 28 th, 2020. While he may no longer be with us physically, his spirit, love and enormous sense of humor live on. If you knew Bruce, you would know that laughter was his way of both celebrating life and dealing with stress. He managed to find the absurd or hilarious in almost every situation, a legacy he has passed on genetically to his sons and granddaughters and through daily teasing to his wife. It is this gift he left us that is enabling his family to get through these dark days. Even though there are many moments every single day when the realization that he is gone hits hard, there are also many light, joyful moments that help bring some sunshine to the darkness. Bruce taught us to find laughter amidst sadness and not to take life too seriously, despite its many trials and tribulations. He lived his whole life constantly trying to bring smiles and laughs to other people. He loved to make people happy. It was who he was.

Bruce’s very first post on a website for single people that he had joined, two weeks before he met his wife Prema, had the headline, “Looking for one night stand,” followed by “to match the one I already have next to my bed.” It was his way of determining if a woman reading his post would have a sense of humor to match his. He constantly joked with and teased his sons, Jason and Jonathan, and his booming laughter rang out often. He looked up jokes for children to tell to his granddaughters so that they would start developing a similar sense of humor and lightness of spirit early in life. He doted on Evelyn, Kaia and Amelia, and was so happy to be their Pop-Pop.

In the words of his two sons, of whom he was so proud: His kindness, generosity and love for others were unrivaled. Every day of his life, he cared for others and thought of others before himself. He was the kindest, most quietly good person one could ever hope to know. He was the first person Jason would share news with or go to for advice. He was always there to listen and he was never too busy. He always, without fail, made the choice that would benefit others the most, without consideration of what that would mean for him. His positivity and encouragement as Jonathan faced various struggles always kept Jonathan going, especially as an adult.

Bruce loved Jonathan’s wife, Claire, and Kaia’s mother, Crystal, like they were his own daughters. Claire, in turn, considered herself blessed to have been so close to him and loved him like a second dad. Crystal was honored to act as Bruce’s personal technical consultant when he needed help fixing issues with his speakers or music-playing software and loved supplying him with baked goods, which Bruce would then teasingly demand more of each time Crystal visited.

This was one of Bruce’s favorite quotes, and it perfectly sums up the person he was. Once he loved you, you remained loved. This is how he would want to be remembered – as someone who loved steadfastly, deeply and loyally:

Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no! It is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken.
~ William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116

You were loved, Bruce, and we were privileged to be loved by you. You will be mourned, deeply missed and always remembered. And you will live on in your sons and granddaughters. You believed in loving life and doing what makes us happy, and we will try to live that philosophy in celebration of you.

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  1. CandleImageTo the Walters Family
    I am Lisa Schottroff, RN CCM. I worked with Bruce at Wellcare and Peachstate Health Plan. I always enjoyed talking with Bruce. We had many conversations about different books we were reading and movies. I know he will be dearly missed.
    Thinking of all of the family
    Lisa

  2. CandleImageTo the Walters family. My wife Sandra and I met Bruce last thanksgiving and enjoyed hanging out with him and Prema. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed joking around with him. Prayers for the family.

    Greg and Sandra

  3. CandleImageTo: The Walters Family

    May the memories that you have of Bruce help you find peace and comfort during this time of
    bereavement.

  4. CandleImageI am sincerely sorry for your loss, Walter’s family. Bruce worked with me at Peach State. He often shared how his sons meant so much to him and how pleased he was with the men you became. His granddaughters were the apple of his eye. His laughter was contagious and I enjoyed working with him. My prayers continue to be that God comforts you during this time.

    ~Shay

  5. CandleImageWalters Family – I hold you and yours in prayer and love. Prema and I worked together for years and LOVED to share laughing stories of our dear husbands. I never met Bruce, but felt I knew him. Prema – you are loved and supported!

  6. Although I met Bruce only once when he came to Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA to sweep my colleague, Prema Jesuthasan, off her feet, I reckoned Bruce was a warm and loving guy who would take good care of my “Tarzan”.

    I was stunned to learn that he left this world suddenly, leaving a huge vacuum for those who knew him, especially his family members.

    “Tarzan”, may time ease the pain and do cherish those wonderful moments you shared with Bruce.

    And Bruce, may your spirit look after those who meant a lot to you as they go on with their lives without you physically.

    Rest well wherever you may be but do please hover around your loved ones in spirit, Bruce!

  7. CandleImageAlthough I hd met Bruce only only once when he came to Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA to sweep my colleague, Prema Jesuthasan, I reckoned that Bruce was a kind and loving man who would take care of my “Tarzan”. And he certainly did!

    I was stunned to learn that Bruce suddenly left this world a few days ago, leaving a huge vacuum for those who knew him so well.

    “Tarzan”, may time ease the pain and do cherish those wonderful moments you shared with Bruce the Hubby, Dad and Grandad.

    He may not with us physically but his spirit will certainly not be too far away to keep us from harm’s way.

    Rest well, Bruce but do let your spirit hover over those who love.

    Yong, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

  8. CandleImageI was very sad to hear we lost Bruce. He was a great guy. We would often quote Monty Python lines together. Bruce could make even a crummy day better with his laughter.
    He often talked about hoping he would have pretty little granddaughters someday. I’m glad he was blessed with 3. I’m sure he loved to spoil those babies.
    Bruce will be missed by a lot of people whose lives he helped to make better. Thank you for the laughs, my friend!

  9. CandleImageTo Prema and Family.
    All our sympathy for your loss. Continue to cherish his memories.
    Love,
    The Wilson Family

  10. CandleImageHis legacy of love will live on in Prema, his sons, his daughters-in-law, and his grandchildren. May your cherished memories always make you smile.

  11. CandleImageTo Prema and family. Deepest condolences Prema. Sending you lots of love and hugs. Aloysious, Pritam, Austen n Rebecca.

  12. I was moving from Chicago to Atlanta when I met Bruce in an interview and I never laughed so hard and never felt so comfortable in a work environment. Bruce helped me with the transition. When I doubted myself or was frustrated, he would joke, always listen and believed in me and patiently teaching me. I will always remember him hitting the staples button “that was easy” after submitting the first batch of NCQA evidence. Lol! I recall / liked the way he would end most conversations with a laugh and his shoulders up and then down. Your spirit and caring for others will always live on. You will be missed Bruce.

  13. CandleImageDear Prema. Condolences from Me and Wifey. May his Soul Rest in Peace…. Take good care of yourself….. Regards, Ajoi.

  14. CandleImageI have wonderful memories of the trip to Brinon. He was so gentle and cheerful all the time. We still have the group photo he took.

  15. CandleImageI only knew Bruce for a short time, he was a great person! I looked forward to our conversations we would have while I bathed Rusty and Vienna. He would sit on the step of the tub tell me stories about his family and how everyone was doing. We’s laugh and laugh each time to Vienna’s responses to baths and Rusty’s reactions I everything that was happening. I feel it is you guys that brought him the most joy. My sincerest condolences to all of you guys.

  16. CandleImageDearest Prema and family, lost for words to express as you all partake in Bruce’s final journey on Earth….may he rest in eternal peace and continue to look after his loved ones through the intercession of the Divine….treasure the wonderful memories you have had with Bruce and that itself is the best yhat you can continue to remember for life….amen and hugs from your friends in Kuala Lumpur.

  17. CandleImageTo Prema and the Walters Family,

    We are holding you up in prayer. Sending love and comfort to you all. We are so sorry for your profound loss.

  18. CandleImageDearest Prem, you never really stop missing someone… That I learned from recent losses. The pain might lessen, but you will learn to miss them by remembering the happy times, the good times. May the happy good memories come soon thus washing the pain away… Love and hugs

  19. CandleImageMy deepest condolences go out to the Walters family. I met Bruce during my employment with Peach State. He always had a smile on his face, a fun story to tell, and wisdom to share. My prayers are with his family and friends. May you find comfort in your cherished memories.
    ~Heather

  20. CandleImageDear Prema and Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers, that you will be comforted in the midst of your sorrow by the many cherished memories you share.

  21. Walters Family. My prayers are with you all during your time of bereavement. Bruce was a great guy. He will be missed, but whenever you think of him, you will see his smile, which will bring a smile to us all.

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