Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremation Service & Forest Lawn West Cemetery
4601 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC
Bruce Michael Bunder
July 23, 1952 – November 21, 2019
Bruce Michael Bunder, age 67, succumbed to acute myeloid leukemia on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center.
Born in Elmhurst, IL to parents Faye and John, many of his formative years were spent in Avondale Estates, Georgia. After a stint in the Georgia Air National Guard, Bruce settled in the Charlotte area. He spent most of his adult career working for Aviation Metals. In his spare time, he enjoyed Braves baseball, Georgia football, bird-watching, listening to a wide variety of music and savoring a good glass of scotch. As an avid history enthusiast, he was frequently immersed in the latest historical documentaries and books.
He is survived by his wife, Terri; daughter, Shannon Taylor (Daniel); and two step-children, Laura Brubaker (David) and Reuben Hannon (Jennifer). He is also survived by his mother, Faye Christy Bunder; brothers, Bob Bunder (Lynn) and Jack Bunder (Judy); and three grandchildren, Madison and Savannah Taylor, and Beckett Hannon, who were the apple of his eye.
A service to honor Bruce’s life will be held Sunday, November 24 at 2:00 PM at the chapel at Forest Lawn West Funeral Home, 4601 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children's Hospital or to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
- Memorial Service Sunday, November 24, 2019
Bruce Michael Bunder
November 25, 2019
Bruce I can't remember a time when you didn't feel like family.
Always comfortable, never overbearing. With a sense of humor and quick wit that would sneak up~and catch me off guard. I'd look over and see that quintessential 'Bruce' smile, then spend the next 15 minutes or so, trying to come up with a worthy retort.
You were always a step ahead of me...smart guy! (smile)
A really good memory I have, is when you, Terri, Reuben and I, took a trip down the Nantahala, or maybe the French Broad River. We were all in individual 'duckies', the water was COLD, and I had NO IDEA what I was doing. It was a blast!! I got stranded, backwards, on a big rock, and just laughed so hard it was all I could do. You all laughed, too....and I had to rescue myself. Good times brother....
I laugh today, only my eyes feel moist... Wish is was again, from river water.
You always told me to call my sister when I got home...
May you make it home safe as well..
November 22, 2019
Terri and family members...Bruce was the BEST! For the past couple of decades, I had the distinct pleasure of being the recipient of his wealth of metal's knowledge and technical skills regarding complicated procurement problems. Bruce was a pleasure to work with. He and I got along so well, which speaks a great deal about his fantastic character! He will be sorely missed--largely on a personal basis. His unique and special personality truly endeared me to him. Goodbye to my special friend Bruce. Deepest sympathy and condolences to Terri and family.
Norman Hawks, Dublin VA