OBITUARY

Bruce Douglas Yeske

COLUMBIA - Bruce Douglas Yeske died unexpectedly at home on October 11, 2020. He was 69 years old. Bruce was born in Hartford, Connecticut on May 17, 1951. He was a graduate of Watkinson School in Hartford and attended the University of South Carolina, where he received a degree in Geology. Bruce worked for over 40 years at SCE&G/SCANA, now Dominion Energy, until he retired as an IT supervisor in 2017.

Bruce’s hobbies included music, sailing, snow skiing, traveling, and cycling. He completed a 968.4 mile (8 1/2 day) bike trip from Columbia, South Carolina to West Hartford, Connecticut in 1974. He remained an avid cycler, participating in many charitable rides over the years. The annual event for Multiple Sclerosis was especially important to him, to support one of his coworkers. This year (2020) he rode well over 4000 miles, and averaged over 100 miles per week.

Bruce also loved traveling. He skied in many locations, and enjoyed visiting National Parks out West. He also traveled abroad, to France, Hungary, England, Canada, and most recently, Greece, Poland, Croatia, and Italy.

Bruce was predeceased by his parents Oscar and Wanda (Malunait) Yeske. He is survived by his life partner of 37 years Mary Ann Smith, his sister Pamela Ann Yeske of Columbia, and numerous cousins in Connecticut.

Bruce was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Please remember Bruce fondly and take comfort in knowing, despite its brevity, he lived his life to the fullest.

Due to COVID-19, a celebration of Bruce’s life will be held in the Spring of 2021.

Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association or the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA).

Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

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Thom Orton

October 22, 2020

My life first crossed paths with Bruce’s in the USC Bates House dorm in early 70’s. They intercepted again at SCANA in 1980 where I worked until 2016. During that time, we became friends. Away from work, I fondly remember Bruce at Fun Saturday’s swimming relays, ski trips to Snow Shoe, bowling, and a couple of the infamous Halloween parties thrown by Bruce and Mary Ann. (one such occasion under the pictures from the family)

As a supervisor, Bruce was always offering to help out or providing guidance. He would always know when, with his smile and gentle manner, to say “Or would you rather I just go away and leave you alone”.

I am honored by the effort that Bruce put in organizing the SCANA teams and participating in the MS biking event over the years.

Barbara Shockey

October 19, 2020

I've only been Bruces and Mary Anns neighbor on Amicks Ferry Rd. for 4 years, but most times they visited their home here, we enjoyed seeing one another. Our friendship grew as we gathered more often. The best time we spent together was about one week before Bruce went to Heaven. The three of us took a boat ride, and Mary Ann and Bruce drove the boat and went wherever they pleased. Although it was much too short a ride, it was pure enjoyment. I specifically remember Bruce saying to Mary Ann as she drove the boat oh, so gently "Baby, remember, we have to get back before dark..." (it was only noon) He brought a smile to my face. RIP dear friend. God bless you both.

Ralph Lewis

October 19, 2020

Enclosed is a great memory of Bruce and I at Lake Murray, SC. This was a event around 1980 or so. It might be Pine Island. Note: Look at all the hair Bruce and I had. Over the years, it got a little thinner. Eventually, Bruce ended up somewhat bald. But, still had that same mustace, bach then. Me, I was in very good shape. I miss you Bruce.

John Sullivan

October 18, 2020

My condolences to Mary Ann and family. Bruce will be sorely missed. He was such a good friend to me and my family. I fondly remember Bruce and Mary Ann as they introduced me to skiing adventures at SnowShoe in the early days and then later sharing adventures with my family. Bruce’s smile was constant and infectious as chronicled in all the pictures in this memory book. He was always so encouraging to me and to others. I will always have fond memories of my experiences with Bruce, and will miss not being able to have new experiences with him. Again my condolences and heartfelt sympathy.

Janice Sullivan

October 18, 2020

Bruce was such a good friend to us. We always enjoyed our trips together which would include unexpected adventures. Ski trips were the best! Teaching our son how to ski faster than his parents and how to "tree ski". He always tried to take care of those around him in personal life and business. Remembering his fantastic smile, humor, intoxicating energy, bike riding addiction, and love for you, Mary Ann. He will forever be in our hearts and memories. We will miss him very much.

PAT HUDSON

October 18, 2020

Please accept my deepest condolences on Bruce's passing. He was a good man and a good friend. Though I have not seen him since I retired 5 years ago I feel his loss. I cannot provide a specific remembrance, but I can provide the feeling that I always had when I saw Bruce and that was one of respect for his technical ability and friendship for the person he was. Be blessed.
Pat Hudson

Ralph Lewis

October 17, 2020

As many of you have known. I have know Bruce and Mary Ann since the mid 1970's at SCANA. We all developed a friendship so deep. over the decades. That we all considered each other as family. My family loved them both. And I considered Bruce my brother. He felt the same way. The same with Mary Ann. He is one of the finest human beings. I have ever known. Their are no words to describe how we and I feel now. I will truly miss him. I do take condolence. That Bruce is now sitting next to god in heaven. One day in the future. I hope I will be there sitting and talking to my brother again. And all of us will be there in heaven with our Lord and Savior. I miss you Bruce. Ralph Lewis.

Keenan Sullivan

October 16, 2020

It was a privilege to get the chance to know both Bruce and Mary Ann. I will never forget the ski trip with them when I was younger that helped shape who I am today. I was learning to ski on that trip and would often just attack the slopes by pointing my skis straight down while Bruce and my dad were chasing me down the slope so I didn't get hurt. Going on this adventure and remembering Bruce talk about extreme skiing and other adventures made me not afraid and want to be brave by attacking my fears head on.

That trip will always be special. Bruce was so kind and adventurous, and I feel terrible for your loss Mary Ann. However, I am truly thankful for the times I was to share with you both. My thoughts and prayer are with you, Mary Ann.

Isaac Insley

October 16, 2020

Bruce was a kind man and a wonderful person. I had the pleasure of working under him for several years. He was always willing to "go the extra mile" for his friends and coworkers. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Karla and David Johns

October 14, 2020

Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you Mary Ann and to the family. Bruce was truly a joy to know! I don't believe I've ever seen him without a smile on his face.

You were both so supportive to David and me when David became ill. I'll never forget receiving text messages & calls from you both after David's second surgery (while Bruce was hospitalized as well!)

You may not know this, but several years ago Bruce once took our youngest son biking around the neighborhood. Afterwards, he jokingly chuckled about our son making him stop at every stop sign. Our son vividly recalls this event to this day and refers to Bruce as the "man that always biked".

David has always had so much respect for Bruce and was honored to call him a friend.

Much love to you all.

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