OBITUARY

Donald A. Bruno

September 29, 1942April 18, 2019
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On the 18th of April 2019, Donald Allan Bruno of Hillside, Illinois passed away from pancreatic cancer. Don was born in Chicago on the 29th of September 1942. He attended Proviso High School as part of the class of 1960. After graduating, he studied photography at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he began a lifelong interest in the Bauhaus design approach. While saving for his studies, Don started working at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) as a conductor on the Lake Street “L.” In 1965, he was drafted into the US Army. Don served in Vietnam as part of II Field Force, based out of Long Binh. During his tour of duty, he earned the rank of Specialist (E-4) and spent the majority of his time as a Jeep driver. His time spent in artillery would be the source of his long lasting hearing loss. Don returned from Vietnam in 1968 and resumed his service at CTA, a career which spanned 44 years. While there, he was introduced to his future wife, Sharon, as well as a host of lifelong friends. During his tenure, Don worked his way up to the title of transit technician, tasked with solving problems in areas ranging from signage to rail operations. One of his proudest achievements was creating a successful layout for the reconstruction of the 54th and Cermak terminal. Don’s novel design offered a simple solution to the complexities presented by the narrow space available for the station. In 1986, he became a father. Don, Sharon, and their son shared a passion for autocross and participated in many races throughout the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. Don loved being part of both the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and Alfa Romeo Owners Club. Don is remembered as a mentor, creative problem solver, animal lover, and film buff. A lifelong enthusiast of electric railways, Don enjoyed the company of likeminded individuals, whom he affectionately dubbed the “Trolley Mafia.” He will be missed by many. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Marie Bruno, and his Timneh African grey parrot, Jinx. He is survived by his wife, Sharon D. Bruno, their son, Donald Bosan-Bruno, his dog, Isabella, his cat, Hannah, and his four doves. In lieu of flowers, Don requested that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 25, 2019
  • Interment Thursday, April 25, 2019

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JEFFREY WIEN

April 25, 2019

I can't say how many years I knew Don, but whenever I saw him he always had a big smile on his face. He was truly a wonderful guy and a credit to the CTA. He was a great friend of the Illinois Railway Museum and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Don was slightly younger than I, so I imagine that we will be meeting again at that great trolley in the sky sooner or later.

Sincerely,

Jeff Wien
Chicago, IL

Victor Ramirez

April 24, 2019

Photo taken at O'Hare airport April 19, 2001. We were field checking a location to place a Transit Information board. One of many fun excursions with Don in the field

Victor Ramirez

April 24, 2019

Don receiving the "ICEMAN" Soldier Custom Action Figure wrapped in all his favorite movies wrapping paper. Taken on December 19, 2008

Victor Ramirez

April 24, 2019

Photo from Don's Retirement with the CTA on December 19, 2008.

Victor Ramirez

April 24, 2019

I remember meeting Don Bruno on my first day working as a Coordinator in Fare Equipment and Operational Graphics back on August 5, 1996. His first words to me - "Star Wars or Star Trek?"
I knew I made a great choice in accepting the position of Coordinator and working with Don. I knew it was going to be a fun ride! Learned so much about the properties of basic wayfinding, "L" car operations, and yard layouts with Don. His other saying was that it would take "about 20 years to change out the signage systemwide since you will never be complete because someone else will decide a new standard." Don was right!!! It took me nearly 20 years to order signs for all the CTA stations in one format and now we are undergoing changes again! Ah Don, I will miss your "Weird AL" Yankovic topics of the day or how Jinx the Parrot would do something crazy or how Alfa Romero collectors would fill your weekend while working pit stop at the SCCA Sportscar Club. Don, you will be missed, but you will be remembered through your love with Sharon and Donald.
Thank you for introducing me to David Diamond at the Illinois Railway Museum - a great resource and very good friend!
Thank you for teaching me how to analyze a signage or engineering-related issue and to write specifications which we IIT boys love to do.
Thank you for being a mentor, friend and yes a fellow Trekkie (I finally answered it)!
Thank you Don
- Victor Ramirez

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“and, just a tip. Don’t go to the theater tonight.”

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Meeting with old friends

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Kiddieland’s last day

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“and, just a tip. Don’t go to the theater tonight.”

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Meeting with old friends

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Kiddieland’s last day

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Don and Alfie

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Bauhaus visit

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“Don’t take my picture

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Bauhaus visit