Edgar Wayne (Ed) Bruce, 86, died peacefully at home on June 7, surrounded by his family. Ed was born in Temple, Texas, in 1930. He was selected “Freshman Favorite” in high school, which matches the man we laughed with and loved. After graduating from the University of Texas in Industrial Engineering, he joined the Marine Corps and entered Officers school. Ed flew several different aircraft including the SNJ, T28, Douglas Skyraider, and two early jet aircraft, the Panther and Cougar. He was aircraft carrier qualified. Dad was hired in by Eastern Air Lines in 1957 and flew the Martin 404, Convair 440, Lockheed Constellation, Douglas DC9, and Boeing 727, ending his career as Captain on the Airbus A300. Based in Miami during his early EAL years, Ed and his family moved to Atlanta in 1970. Ed leaves his wife of 58 years, June Bruce; grown children Gregory Bruce, Tracy Bruce, Toni Smith and Jason Bruce; grandchildren Erik, Sylvia, Ana Camille, Jonathan, Dylan, Lane and Beth. He is also survived by his sister Edith and brother Rogers. Ed and June celebrated their 58th anniversary on June 1. His favorite thing in life was his family, and we are all better people for having him in our lives. Dad could tell and take a joke. He was always the life of the party and enjoyed tennis and square dancing. Dad chose to be cremated and asked that some of his remains go back to Texas. Dad was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia – an affliction closely resembling both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and consequently often misdiagnosed. To learn more, visit www.lbda.org . Those wishing to donate, please consider LDBA or the Michael J Fox foundation – www.michaeljfox.org. Our family is thankful for the support of mom and dad’s many wonderful friends during these last couple of difficult weeks. We will celebrate our father’s life at a gathering on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm at Smoke Rise Country Club in Stone Mountain.

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  1. Such a wonderful tribute and a great legacy this great gentleman leaves behind . Our lives have been blessed by his daughter and our neighbor , Toni Smith and her family . Our thoughts and prayers are with you all .

  2. Mr. Bruce was a kind and wonderful man. We were happy to get to know him these past 10 years. Our love goes out to his family.

  3. I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs and Lots of love to all of you. I’ll keep you in my prayers. Love, Melissa and Brooke.

  4. I’m so sorry to hear about Mr Bruce. Sending prayers for peace and comfort to your family.

  5. Our hearts are so heavy with grief. We were shocked and hurt when we saw the obituary. We are sending our prayers and condolences for June and the family. We were friends with Ed & June for many years, They were our square dance partners and we spent many wonderful years with them. He was quite a guy, always jolly and happy. June I’ll be in touch soon. Our phone number is 770-837-9113. If you need a shoulder to cry on just let us know. We love you all.

  6. Sorry to hear about your loss. We send our sincerest sympathy. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  7. May you find strength in the love of family,
    and in the warm embrace of friends.

    Thank you for telling us about Lewy Body Dementia. I so appreciate you shedding light on it.

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