Vale James Death, Obituary – On Monday, my family and I will commemorate the life of my loving father Bruce, who died away on January 30th, with an overwhelming sense of gratitude while also being overcome with melancholy. Late on Monday morning, after Dad had fought cancer for many years and, it must be acknowledged, triumphed over the disease against all chances, he passed away in peace, never having endured any pain, and surrounded by affection.
There is a lot to be said about Dad, his amazing life, and the love he had for his family. Simply put, he was head and shoulders above everyone else. He was a son, brother, brother-in-law, husband to Mum for nearly 56 years (what a wonderful marriage and example to us all), father to Susan and I, father-in-law to our spouses, and grandfather to six children who all adored him. He was the most caring, interested, and giving man. He was also a son, brother, brother-in-law, husband to Mum for nearly 56 years.
My father was a wonderful “people person” who could and would joyfully converse with anyone about just about anything, and he always managed to make the other person feel good about themselves. This was true both in his professional life, which included 33 years in human resources at QANTAS, and in his personal life as someone who was always interested in people, their lives, families, interests, and concerns – and who did so much for so many people in his 82 years. This was true both in his professional life, which included 33 years in human resources at QANTAS.
Dad was passionate about a wide variety of things, including but not limited to jazz music, airplanes, military history, barbecues, gardening, fitness, politics, cars, and travel. He had a general enthusiasm for life and led a life that was upbeat, active, and thoughtful. He concentrated more on the welfare of others than on himself.
Above all else, Dad had a deep love for people. He cherished his family more than anything else in the world, and he loved his friends as if they were members of his own family.
Our “BJ” will be remembered fondly but not forgotten.