OBITUARY

Bruce George Steinmetz

May 25, 1950January 30, 2019
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Bruce George Steinmetz, age 68, of Portland, Oregon passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Bruce was born May 25, 1950 in Portland, OR.

He is survived by his loving wife, Pat Steinmetz, sister Jennifer Granados, and brother Paul Steinmetz.

A visitation for Bruce was held Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Lincoln Memorial Park & Funeral Home - 11801 SE Mt Scott Blvd., Portland, OR 97086.

A Memorial service will occur on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2pm 11801 SE Mt Scott Blvd., Portland, OR 97086.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The American Cancer Society: https://www.cancer.org/

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.lincolnmemorialpk.com for the Steinmetz family.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 16, 2019
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Bruce George Steinmetz

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Nancy Knight

February 13, 2019

I just looked at all the photos that have been posted, and want to thank everyone for such a lovely look back at Bruce's life. So many good times, and he enjoyed them all. A life well lived. RIP, Bruce. Gone too soon. You will be so missed.

Nancy Knight

February 9, 2019

Bruce and my brother Dennis Thompson met and became life-long friends in college. I believe I first met Bruce in Portland when he was in nursing school. Since I was living down the coast in Bandon, our paths didn't cross often, but I heard much about him over the years. I definitely heard about Bruce and Pat camping up by Mt. St. Helens the day it blew up! A total miracle that they escaped death! As nurses, they assisted others who had suffered injuries. What a story to have lived out in person! I think of them both whenever I visit St. Helens now. They are part of the legend. And when Dennis' and my mother suffered a stroke and we needed to fly to California to see her. I remember Bruce took Dennis to the Portland airport. My son was only 7 months old, and I was deeply in shock, but I recall Bruce being there and offering words of comfort and support. He was a very caring individual. Later in life, Dennis got married in North Carolina in 2002. I flew back with my daughter and got to see Bruce as Best Man. He was more like a brother to Dennis than anyone ever was. They just hit it off. I think Bruce adored Pat. They seemed to have one of those relationships that many people envied. They could sort of "read" each other's thoughts. How Pat will miss him! All who knew him will have an empty spot now. He will be missed by many. But our hope is strong in God's Word that promises in I Thessalonians 4:16-18: "For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore, encourage each other with these words." Someday around the Tree of Life, we will meet again. God bless his family.

Vernon Usher

February 9, 2019

Vern Usher Feb 9

Steve Howell's description of a gentle giant was very apt. Bruce was always pleasant both socially and at work. A great sense of humour. I worked with the Steinmetz couple for more years than I can remember at least 35, They were super users of Microsoft and I was a Mac user, so we had many jokes between us about, when are you going to get a "real computer"? Cancer affects us all, so I missed the Thursday night visitation while helping my daughter who's been fighting for almost six years. With eight inches of snow on my hill I may miss the Sunday event but my thoughts will be with you. God Bless! Thank you Bruce for your contribution to our lives, such a pity that this gentle jolly giant has been taken from us at such a young age. You turned the boringness of work into a more joyful experience, and you have been added to my list of unusually good persons I've encountered in life.

Jenn Steinmetz

February 5, 2019

I remember like it was yesterday Bruce bought a sailboat for me....with a maroon sail and a working rudder. He said, “let’s take the boat to Loch Raven & see how it sails.”
Well, we put it in the water and away it went. Only after it was out about 15 feet did Bruce say “I guess we forgot to tie a string to it. “
Every time we went to Loch Raven afterwards we looked for that boat.

Bruce was a big part of my life and there were many memories. He took me trick-or-treating, looking for butterflies, inner tubing, walking the train tracks on Sabbath afternoon.
Remember the good times.

Frank Acosta

February 4, 2019

I moved to the Northwest in 2003 with my small family. I started working at Portland Adventist hospital and is where I meet Bruce. It was a very difficult move for me as I had no extended family or friends here. But, Bruce soon became a good friend and in time one of my best friends. Both he and Pat welcomed me and my small family in to their hearts. I have too many great memories too share about Bruce and all are very memorable. I can say he not only became a great friend but a brother. I will miss you my brother.

Steven Howell

February 4, 2019

I was so blessed to have met Bruce in 1980 while working at Portland Adventist Medical Center. Pat Steinmetz was my evening charge nurse in Surgery and that is when I was introduced to Bruce. My first impression was what a gentle giant he is and the two of them were meant for each other. Over the next 16+ years working with Pat in surgery; and when she moved to IT; my friendship grew with Bruce and Pat. They were both supportive of me when I went though my hard times. I left PAMC in late 1996 but I tried to stay in contact with them by phone and my trips though Portland. It was like time had stood still when we talked to catch up on our lives. I have such great memories with Bruce that it makes my heart ache that he has gone home to our Lord but I'm so grateful that God let me have the time to know Bruce. Bruce your work here is done and now it is your time to rest in the arms of God. We will miss you but will never forget how you have touched our hearts. Rest in peace Bruce rest in peace.

Steven Howell

February 4, 2019

I was so blessed to have met Bruce in 1980 while working at Portland Adventist Medical Center. Pat Steinmetz was my evening charge nurse in Surgery and that is when I was introduced to Bruce. My first impression was what a gentle giant he is and the two of them were meant for each other. Over the next 16+ years working with Pat in surgery; and when she moved to IT; my friendship grew with Bruce and Pat. They were both supportive of me when I went though my hard times. I left PAMC in late 1996 but I tried to stay in contact with them by phone and my trips though Portland. It was like time had stood still when we talked to catch up on our lives. I have such great memories with Bruce that it makes my heart ache that he has gone home to our Lord but I'm so grateful that God let me have the time to know Bruce. Bruce your work here is done and now it is your time to rest in the arms of God. We will miss you but will never forget how you have touched our hearts. Rest in peace Bruce rest in peace.

Chuck Stannard

February 3, 2019

I worked with Bruce in Surgery at Adventist Medical Center for about 9years and consider it a great privilege and honor to have known him. He was a sweet man and always gracious, and a great Nurse. May you rest in Peace my dear friend.

Jill Sanders Jonason

February 3, 2019

It is hard to put into words how much Bruce meant to all of us at Adventist surgery department. He was so very kind and thoughtful, a friend to so many! He cared deeply for his family, patients, and coworkers, and his dedication was legendary. Bruce's contributions to the robotic surgery program at Adventist are evident to this day. He was especially good at bringing out the best in all of us! Bruce, thank you for all the words of wisdom and for being a true friend! It is a comfort to know you are at peace and are smiling down on each of us! Love you so!
Jill Jonason

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