Nelsen Williamsburg

3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, VA


Jack Anthony Bruno

June 13, 1957June 2, 2019
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Jack Anthony Bruno, 61, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on June 2, 2019. He was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Joan Vaccaro and his father, Myron Anthony Bruno.

Jack received his M.Ed. from the College of William & Mary. He also earned a BS in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Jack served in the U.S. Navy during Desert Storm and retired as a Lieutenant Commander. He was a member of St. Olaf Catholic Church, the American Legion, Cursillo, and the Jamestown/Yorktown Foundation. Jack enjoyed baseball, was a Eucharistic Minister, Sachristen, Liturgical Reader, a Cursillo Rector, Spiritual Director, and co-founded the American Legion Post 1776 baseball team. He was devoted to his family and friends.

Jack is survived by his wife, Susan A. Bruno; son, Evan Anthony Bruno (Christina S. Black); stepsons, Jeffrey Gililland (Jennifer Gililland), Ryan Gililland (Cynthia Skala), Michael Gililland (Sarah Gililland); stepdaughter, Jennifer Marzana (Alejandro Marzana); grandchildren, Mateo Marzana, Anna Marzana, Bennett Gililland; brother, John J. Bruno (Cathy Bruno); sister, Rosa C. Bruno Beach (Timothy R. Beach); nieces and nephews, Ian A. Bruno, Christopher Beach (Tammy Beach), Adam Beach (Michelle Beach), Megan Gerbracht (Timothy Gerbracht); and great-nieces, Sophia Gerbracht and Leah Gerbracht.

A visitation will be held from 5 PM to 7 PM on Wednesday, June 5 at St. Olaf Catholic Church, 104 Norge Ln, Williamsburg, VA where a memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 6 at 11 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The ALS Association Gift Processing Center, PO Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037-0022. Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 5, 2019
  • Service Thursday, June 6, 2019
  • Reception Thursday, June 6, 2019


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Wade Melton

June 12, 2019

Fair Winds and Following Seas My Friend. Jack save a place for me up there shipmate. It was fun working with you Jack. I am proud that I had that opportunity. As fellow combat developers, I appreciate the time and effort you provided our community. I appreciated your humor, which was integral to our teamwork and your work ethic for the warfighter was unmatched. Your family can be proud of your professional accomplishments but more importantly your “Christian Walk”, which you exhibited both at work, at home and the community. – “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. IIT4:6-7

Mariann Trice

June 5, 2019

A great loss indeed. Jack was part of our Marriage Encounter Circle in the 1990's. We had such a special group that we functioned like family. Jack was always wise, strong, steady and true to his word and faith. I looked up to him and admired him. I am saddened to hear of his passing. My heart ached especially in watching the tribute video and seeing our "Circle". Such fond memories. Jack, you will be remembered and missed. My condolences to everyone saddened by his loss. Especially to Evan, Susan and Karla.

Sue and Mike Danehy

June 5, 2019

Susan and family, we are so sorry to learn of Jack’s death. It was always nice to see you at the old St. Olaf’s church. I guess we didn’t cross paths much at the new building and then we moved. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. God bless. Sue and Mike Danehy

Dick Tobey

June 5, 2019

Great memories of our partnership in D&B. Many hours together making up halftime routines and then blasting eardrums with our contrabass bugles.

Hale Freeland

June 5, 2019

Jack was a fine friend and shipmate onboard the USS Ainsworth (FF1090). We shared a stateroom there. I recall some wonderful adventures ashore with Jack, particularly when we traced his Family roots in the beautiful village located in the Peloritians Mountains of Sicily.

Rachel Kraynak

June 5, 2019

As extended family, I considered Jack my older brother in every aspect from the moment I met him. Jack was very kind, easy to talk with and quick with a dry witticism complete with that sparkle in his eyes that Rick mentioned.

As parents of cousins, we truly enjoyed our too few times spent together with Evan, Kaitlin and Becca.

One of my favorite memories happened during a SF Bay college tour visit from the Bruno family when Evan was a junior in high school. We went to Great America and road the rides with our teenage kids. After the “Top Gun” roller coaster, Jack and I wobbled weak kneed behind the kids and I said “I thought I was going to be hurled into space and never come back!” Jack replied “I know.....wanna go again!?”

As middle-aged adults, we both had personal, physical and spiritual challenges. For a period of time, we spoke weekly and listened to each other . Jack always offered me sound brotherly advice and a laugh or two. I am forever grateful.

Life calmed down and our phone calls were every six month or so with texts about our grown children and grandchildren. However, I always knew that if I needed him and called, Jack would answer and offer guidance and laughter.

I will miss you, Jack.

Rick Gunderson

June 5, 2019

Jack and I served together as young Navy officers assigned to USS Ainsworth (FF-1090), a Knox-class frigate homeported in Norfolk, Virginia. We grew close very quickly, as officers aboard a Navy ship often do. We stood watches together and we shared a small stateroom. We teamed up to ensure the wardroom atmosphere stayed light. We called our boss, the ship’s Operations Officer, “Dad,” and we referred to each other as “Brother Jack” and "Brother Rick.” When inport, we held memorable parties. We adopted as our own, a Mac Davis song popular at the time, “Oh Lord, It’s Hard to Be Humble, When You’re Perfect in Every Way.” We tried, perhaps not always successfully, to live the lyrics of that song.
It was at one of our memorable parties that we met the women we would later marry. We double-dated and we were in each other’s weddings. I was the Godfather for Jack’s son, Evan, and Jack was the Godfather for my oldest daughter, Kate. To this day, Evan, and my daughters, Kate and Kristen, consider themselves to be siblings -- a legacy of a close friendship that started at sea in the Persian Gulf in early 1980.
Eventually, with me on the West Coast in Washington State, and Jack remaining on the East Coast in Williamsburg, Virginia, we didn’t see each other as often as we would have liked. But we exchanged frequent texts and e-mails, and spoke occasionally on the phone.
I last saw Jack over the 2018 Holiday Season. Although not yet formally diagnosed, the disease that would eventually take his life had already made it difficult for Jack to talk. But his eyes still sparkled. They were still the eyes of the young Navy officer I knew almost forty years ago. It was still Brother Jack.
Jack was a good Navy officer, a good shipmate, a good friend, and a good man. I will miss him greatly.
Godspeed my good friend. Until we meet again.
Deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers to Susan, Evan, John, Rose, and the greater Bruno and Gililland families.

Celeste Emanuel Melzer

June 4, 2019

I’ve known Jack all of his short-lived life. Taught Jack and his friend how to swim when he was 7 years old. I told him I had made a commercial and I was the “Zest Girl, “ so he’d go under water and jump up like me. He was so adorable, as he believed that “white lie “ for years. We used to laugh about it later. Was there when he grew up and always loved and respected him. We had a lot of fun together. I always loved JACK as that was easy and breezy. Hope he’s up there with his Mother and Father and happily looking down on us. So sorry to say goodbye. Praying for all of your family and friends.

Kathy Haut

June 4, 2019

Jack was beloved by the Cursillo community. His wit, willingness to do anything and love of each person he encountered will never be forgotten. I'm sure he is looking down on all of us with smiles, love and gratitude for a life well lived.

David Bruce

June 4, 2019

I met Jack at USNA. We were both in 13th Company; he was a Plebe and I was a Youngster. We were both in the Drum and Bugle Corps and shared many good times together. A good man gone too soon. I pray that God will comfort his family.