William W. Bruce, Jr., 61, born Sept. 21, 1944, in Pueblo, Colo., passed away Feb. 7, 2006, at Villa Pueblo. Preceded in death by his parents, William W. Bruce, Sr. and Mary Kathryn (Boyle) Bruce. Survived by his brothers, Richard Bruce, Pueblo, and David Bruce, Colorado Springs; nieces, Melanie Bruce, Pueblo and Jennifer (Bruce) Hartman, Hastings, Neb.; nephew, Patrick Bruce, Colorado Springs; and uncle, George Boyle, Pueblo. William retired from Lee County School District, Ft. Myers, Florida, as a Student Social Worker at Estero High School. He earned his Masters Degree from the University of Colorado/Boulder, and prior to his teaching career, served in the Peace Corps as a language instructor. He was an active member of Bonita Beach Kiwanis Club, an Honored Member of the Social Workers of Lee County and a lay minister at St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, Bonita, Flor. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service and inurnment will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at Ascension Episcopal Church, 18th and Grand, with the Reverend Annette Brownlee officiating. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. My family and I first met Bill and his family at Ascension Church when we came to Pueblo in 1952. Later after we moved to the North Side, Bill and I began walking to Freed Jr. HS together almost every day. We also played sports together at his family’s house on 26th and Grand. When we started Centennial HS Bill and I continued to meet at 23th and Grand and walk to Centennial through our junior year. After that we rode with various friends but remained good friends. My brother Bob and I will always remember Bill as someone who tried hard to excell and frequently achieved more than we expected. I’m sure he proved to be an insightful counselor to his high school students. We pray for his soul … may he rest in peace. With sympathy, Bill and Bob McKinney

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