Michael (Mike) Bruno died on March 31st of pancreatic cancer.
He was born to Frank and Rita Ferranti Bruno on October 17, 1933 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He attended Springfield public schools and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where he majored in Chemistry. He subsequently went on to Cornell University where he earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry.
It was at Cornell that he met his future wife, Margaret (Marge) Scelsa. They were married in 1956 and would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on June 10th of this year. Mike was the quintessential family man. His entire life was focused on family. Nothing was more important - ever – than their happiness and welfare. He was the most devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for them. No request was ever too large, too difficult or too inconvenient not to be taken care of immediately.
Physical fitness and good health were central to Mike’s way of life. He was an avid skier, bicyclist, walker and exerciser. Just twelve months ago, he was using his season pass to run moguls at Heavenly ski resort in Lake Tahoe. He loved to be outdoors whether it was for exercise, to tend to his orchid collection or to work in the yard.
He began his working career with E.I. duPont Company rising from Research Chemist in the Yerkes Lab at Buffalo N.Y. and ultimately to Plant Superintendent in Circleville, Ohio. During those years, he filed many of the fundamental process patents on DuPont film products. In 1973, he relocated to California to work for Raychem Corp in Menlo Park in a variety of managerial positions. In 1982, he joined his wife Marge at Adobe Financial Group, a commercial properties loan brokerage company she had founded with two of her colleagues. They retired in 1996.
Mike is survived by his sons Bill and wife Jeanne-Marie of Manhattan Beach, CA and Mike Jr. and his wife Stephanie of Los Altos Hills, his adored grandchildren Peter and Ellen Bruno and by his sister, Betty D’Agostino, and brother, Frank Bruno, both of Springfield, MA. He was predeceased by his sister Joanne Gamelli. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing to do so make contributions either to the University of Massachusetts, Michael Bruno Chemistry Scholarship (http://tinyurl.com/brunoscholarship) or to Pathways Hospice Foundation.