OBITUARY

Bruce Lee Weingarten

December 17, 1944April 9, 2014
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Bruce Weingarten was born on December 17, 1944 in Oak Park, IL. The family (Bruce, his parents & 4 brothers) lived in Seattle and San Jose before settling in Covina, CA. Bruce was a VERY proud graduate of Covina High School (Class of ’62). He attended Cal State L.A. following high school, where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa and met his wife, Diane. While in College, Bruce enlisted in the Air Force Reserves. After graduating from Cal State L.A. in 1968, Bruce worked for General Telephone and Getty Oil, before joining Beckman Instruments for a 27 year career in data processing. Bruce & Diane married in 1966 and had two children – Neil (1969) & Brian (1970). After living in Los Angeles for a few years, they chose Hacienda Heights to raise their family. Bruce was very active in Little League as a coach, umpire & Board member. In 1998, they moved to Irvine and truly embraced their Orange County lifestyle, which included fanatically supporting the Angels. Brian married Gloria in 1994 and Neil married Teri in 1999. In 1990, Kayleigh, the first of Bruce & Diane’s grandchildren was born. Paige (2000), Rhys (2002) & Gavin (2006) followed. He was an active part of their lives, from supporting their sports endeavors, providing child care and making sure they had seen the latest “kid” movie. Animated movies could be considered his guilty pleasure and he was thankful he had grandchildren to give him the excuse to see them on the big screen. Bruce had many passions in his life; Family, his Jewish faith, Boxers, Star Trek and golf. He left us too soon on April 9th, 2014 while in Augusta, ticking the Masters off his bucket list. Those who have attended the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club describe the course as heaven on earth. He had marveled at how plush and beautiful the grounds were. We’re sure he is in heaven now, playing the world’s best courses.

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May 12, 2014

I am sitting here watching The Players Tournament and thinking of Bruce. Hilton Head will forever be linked to Bruce in my memory.....talking for hours with Lorraine, Diane, and Bruce while in the pool, eating at the Irish Pub, gathering at their apartment for dinner. He was such a loving husband, father, and grandfather, always ready with a big smile and a bigger hug. Perhaps he and Bob Render are playing golf together right now. You will be missed.

Clairene Almond (BELLINGHAM, WA)

Brenda Kinnee

April 21, 2014

I met Bruce several years ago, when he stopped by to drop off donated items
for a Boxer OC Rescue garage sale, to help raise funds for a boxer that had been hit by a car and needed surgery. He also came by a couple of our adoption
events just to see the boxers and say hello. I'm sorry for your loss. Brenda ~ Boxer Orange County Rescue

George DeFrank

April 16, 2014

I met Bruce when I hired on with Beckman Instruments in 1974. He worked in Computer Methods and I in Computer Applications. Eventually I became an internal customer of Bruce's team albeit a very vocal one. That was probably the reason I was eventually transferred to Computer Methods working for Bruce. I worked for him from 1981 until he was outsourced to SMS in 1996. He taught me a lot about the inner workings of Beckman's Computer Center on Birch Street. Knowledge that would serve me well throughout my business career. He was a great boss who had high standards, did not micro manage his subordinates and was always fair. We spent a good deal of time traveling together to conventions, vendor presentations and the European Admin Center in Nyon, Switzerland. It was during this time that we became friends and I learned the kind of person Bruce really was. He loved his family and was very proud of his sons. He enjoyed watching professional sports and was very competitive when it came to golf. I believe it over 20 years ago when the foursome of Bruce, Loran Whitehorn, Wayne Weisman and myself started golfing together on a monthly basis. Bruce always seemed to have the newest golf clubs on the market which made it especially satisfying the few times one or more of us were able to best him on the links. After I retired in 2010, Bruce invited me to play in his Monday morning golf foursome. All of these activities will continue as Bruce would have wanted, but his presence will definitely be missed.

Norma Padilla

April 15, 2014

Brian and Gloria My Deepest Sympathy to you and your Family.

God will be the strength in your heart and will be a source of inner strength and comfort to you and your family, may it be a source of inner strength and comfort to you, our loving Lord is now watching him and he's by your side too.
May the memories held deep within your heart help to soothe your spirit at this difficult time. You're in my prayers.
Gloria and Brian may your Dad Rest In Peace.

Norma Padilla

Patrick Dolan

April 14, 2014

Bruce was a wonderful and extremely intelligent man - He will be deeply missed. My condolences to the family -

Patrick Dolan.

Wendy Fitzgerald

April 14, 2014

This is such a tragic, sudden loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, Diane, Neil, Brian, Teri, Gloria, Kayleigh, Paige, Rhys and Gavin. Bruce leaves us an important example, though, enjoy your friends, family (and dogs) to the fullest.

Wayne Weisman

April 14, 2014

In 1989 I was assigned the cube right across from Mr. Weingarten's office. I can say that I learned much about how to deal with IT vendors, which I use today, from that fortunate coincident. In the coming years I got to play golf in the Beckman league in his foresome. This eventually turned into our monthly golf date that has lasted some 20+ years. As Mr. Weingarten moved to Bruce for me, he became a wonderful friend, mentor and golf buddy. He set an example of leadership, friendship, and family devotion. My deepest sympathies to his family. He will be missed.

Loran Whitehorn

April 14, 2014

To BLW,
Our love for you got stronger today. Your dedicated devotion to everything and everyone you touched is a benchmark few of us will be able to achieve. It is with your devotion that you paved the way and touched each of us in such a very special way and also shared your love as well. It is your devotion to love that will be remembered forever. Your love for Diane and your children/grandchildren was shown in so many ways. It was with that exceptional gift of devotion that always guided you and us (family and friends). Your affection for each of us was a love we all shared and will live forever…..
Your family and friends are blessed to have shared in the life we had together while working, playing and enjoying life. You guided us through the tough times and showed us the things we needed to do while dealing with the perils of life. And, you ENJOYED life with us, you made us feel special in your life. You paid attention to everything and your appreciation for the life's most pleasurable enjoyments that each of us shared with you. For that, we are so grateful to have been touched and been able to enjoy life with you.
Although there was also work to be done, let me now share some of our times together. It started at as a company acquaintance about 35 years ago at a company called Beckman Instruments. You ultimately became our boss and great friend. Ok, you were a great boss too, but we wouldn't tell you that! Your devotion to doing the right thing and willingness to share your thoughts (good and not so good, ha ha ha) was the best thing that made coming to work a good thing. It is not often you get the opportunity to work with someone who is also your friend. Let me say again, not just a friend but a GREAT friend.
Our friendship got a little twisted on the golf course! BLW was a devoted competitor on the golf course, Did he cheat, oh yes!… Did I cheat, oh yeah!, did we do it to win, NO, we did it because we could cheat on each other and laugh about it. And laugh we did, I don't think there is another foursome that has had so many laughs on the golf course. We played Goose Creek Golf Course so much that we called it “Bruce Creek”. There was one morning the fog had rolled in and you literally could not see more than 10 feet in front of you, did that stop Bruce, NOPE. He told the Marshall that we would play. We played three holes in the fog (before the sun broke thru) and because we played that course so much, each of us knew where to find each other's shot . That was too funny and so unbelievable you had to be there! I will truly miss our end of round “Blue Label” drinks with Wayne, George, you and myself. I know you will be smiling with us always!
So, I ask you to join me and smile when the little things remind you of our GREAT friend!

With Truest Love
Loran

Fred Carper

April 14, 2014

Bruce was a wonderful friend. We met nearly 60 years ago in 7th grade and have remained close ever since. In high school we cruised Covina in Bruce's little Nash Rambler and spent many afternoons playing baseball and other sports. Newport Back Bay was a favorite destination where we water skied and shared the excitement of running aground on the many low tide sand bars. Bruce became very adept at picking stones and shells out of his chest.

Although Bruce and I went to different colleges, we remained close. I remember Bruce introducing me to his "friend", a wonderful girl named Diane. After their marriage I enjoyed visiting them at their apartment in Los Angeles, house in Downey, and then in Hacienda Heights where they raised two talented sons. The house was in a new development and I enjoyed Bruce's stories about observing lumber "walking" around the neighborhood in the evenings as it got dark. Our wives always had a good laugh watching us work on the patio or crawl in the attic as part of the joys of home ownership.

Bruce was always upbeat and enjoyed socializing whether it was at an Angels game, lunch, dinner, or a trip to Las Vegas. Leanne and I are grateful that we knew such a fine man and will cherish our memories of him forever.

April 14, 2014

I first became acquainted with Bruce about five years ago when I was invited to play in his Monday golf group. Bruce and I very quickly gravitated toward one another, probably because we were "hackers" at about the same level and because we both had the same dry sense of humor and the same competitive nature. We had a rule that whoever lost on Monday had to drive the other person around in the golf cart the next week. I'm sure that Bruce is smiling because he won our last match and I won't have a chance to take back the "winner's crown" from him! Besides having the pleasure of playing golf with him, he also recently joined a poker group that played once a month. As expected, he quickly demonstrated both his knowledge of poker as well as his innate intelligence. I think he took more money from me than I got from him!

I an going to miss my friend, Bruce. Mondays will never be the same without him in the cart next to me, but I feel blessed to have known him and to have enjoyed his company over the last few years.

Myron Okimoto (Irvine, CA)