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Bruce Williams Bressler, 70, of Hayes, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Colonial Manor Assisted Living, peacefully in his sleep.

In his early years, Bruce lived in Vienna, and graduated from James Madison High School in 1966. He proudly served in the United States Coast Guard for several years after high school. Later he became a civil engineer at Fort Monroe retiring from there in 2007. He also worked part-time in the lawn and garden shop at Walmart where he made many friends. 

Bruce was a longtime member of the Lighthouse Worship Center. Bruce had a love for Gloucester and all its beauty that was stronger than most. He had a great love for nature, and loved to sit by the river and just watch the water.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clair “Pete” Bressler.

He is survived by his daughter, Bethany Despinis and husband Joshua Despinis; two grandsons, Milo and Lux Despinis; his mother, Margaret Williams Bressler; stepdaughters, Christine Wilkins and Ashley Hastings and their families; two brothers, Kenneth Bressler and Wayne Bressler; sister, Carol Mayo, and many other family members, friends and loved ones.

A memorial service conducted by the Rev. Bud Goude was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point. Inurnment was private.

In memory of Bruce, the family desires contributions be given to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.

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