May 4, 1939 – April 9, 2021
Bruce WILKINSON was born on May 4, 1939 and passed away on April 9, 2021 and is under the care of Eternal Hills Funeral Home and Cremation.
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May 6, 2021
Bruce had a lifelong curiosity about all that he encountered, and I know he is somewhere now picking apart just exactly how this whole afterlife thing works. He will have questions, and he will get to the bottom of the matter before approving any explanations the angels may have submitted for editing.
Well into his 60s, Bruce enrolled at GSU. Some people might envision retirement spent on cruises or puttering around doing a lot of nothing, but Bruce went back to school, regarding Georgia's tuition-free enrollment for seniors as like winning the lottery. I remember seeing him downtown one day with a group of students on a field trip where the professor was explaining historical markers and architectural points. The kids were all chatting to each other or stuck to their phones, but Bruce was drinking in everything the professor said and furiously taking notes. He had an almost child-like sense of wonder about learning of the world about him, even then.
This curiosity created an unrelenting copyeditor, a friend who could talk about most anything, and a man who appreciated life with perspective and good humor, even with all its vicissitudes of fortune.
May 6, 2021
I met Bruce as copy editor at the Daily Report when I moved from Michigan to become the Art Director there at the age of 26. Bruce became my father figure and good friend. He would always correct our usage of less/fewer. Yesterday, I paused a show that claimed there was "one less crooked cop in town" and said, "In honor of Bruce, there is one fewer crooked cop in town." I loved boats and he was a Coastie. I would refer to Coast Guard ships as boats. He would correct me with "ships." I would make sure to always say "boats." He would borrow my truck for his mulch runs for gardening projects. He loved my girlfriend/wife, Amy, and when we talked about relationships, he would joke he only survived because of "an old mattress that leaned toward the middle." I googled his old address the other day and there is still a pile of mulch in the driveway in the photo. Bruce, here's to never-ending piles of mulch and old mattresses that lean toward the middle.
April 15, 2021
Bruce was my first cousin on the Wilkinson side. I have been trying to contact him for a few years. My sympathy to his sons and their families. If they wish, they can contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org or listed phone.
April 14, 2021
I'm not certain this Bruce is the one I got to know while he was at Benton House. If it is him, please know how much I enjoyed talking with Bruce each morning during breakfast, while visiting my dad, Richard. Bruce and I were both from the same part of New Jersey and we would reminisce about our high school days and our schools' football games. It truly is a small world when two New Jersey kids end up in Georgia. Bruce actually took a picture of me and my dad one morning and I have it framed because it was such a good picture. Thanks for the memories, Bruce. May the family find peace now that Bruce is fully healed. Blessings, Sue Wagner