Master Chief Donnelly
Bruce Robert Donnelly
  • 72 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 29, 1942
  • Place of birth:
    Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
  • Date of passing: Aug 2, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Let the memory of Bruce Robert Donnelly be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Bruce Donnelly, 72, born on August 29, 1942 and passed away on August 2, 2015. We will remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ronna Watson on 2nd August 2016

"I Miss you everyday, especially when I hear a George Jones or David Allan Coe song ."

This tribute was added by Robin Donnelly on 2nd August 2016

"We lost you a year ago today and yet the pain in my heart feels like it was yesterday I heard the news. I miss you so much Dad. Miss talking to you about your computer and helping you to fix it, I miss just chatting with you too. Just like Bruce said, I hope you are having some fun in heaven. I know you are looking over us all and watching out for us from your seat in heaven. I love you!"

This tribute was added by Bruce Donnelly on 2nd August 2016

"Dad, it has been the longest year for me. I really missed you  I didn't realize how much I'd miss you.  I love you.  Hope your having fun up there. Love you , see you one day ,your Son."

This tribute was added by Ralph Bennett on 2nd August 2016

"BruceO I miss you my friend, you left  us way to soon.  The RalphO"

This tribute was added by Kimberly Brown on 12th December 2015

"Grampy you are terribly missed. I remember when you first called me kimbo. I remember you would be one in one room and all I hear is you calling out kimbo. so I can come help you on the computer. I love you and miss you. I hope you are having a blast.~kimbo"

This tribute was added by john gumula on 4th November 2015

"Dear Bruce, I remember all the times I was at your mother's house with all the cousins there. We did the crazy things that kids did but you always had a special twist on things. From you we learned how to make zip guns, eat raw hamburger, liberate grapes from your neighbor's house in the dead of night. And I remember the most dangerous thing you and I ever did, skipping church and driving your father's Desoto into the middle of what we believed were frozen lakes and doing donuts. We never tested the ice, you just drove straight out, (really, how cold does it get in Mass). We should both have died as teenagers. In so many ways you were the spice and excitement and the wild card in our lives. I'm sure you never realized how you touched so many lives and made them better, You are unforgettable.,"

This tribute was added by David Donnelly on 4th September 2015

"Bruce, you were the best brother a guy could ever have. We shared many wonderful times together,  wrestling on the bed we shared on Saturday mornings, shoveling sidewalks, fishing together with dad at the Oxbow, tooling around in our little 12’speedboat, first with the 71/2 hp. Scott Atwater and then with the 15hp. Oliver at Lake Spofford, in New Hampshire.  
I miss your hearty handshakes, where you always did your best to crush my hand, when we would see each other. I always had to be ready or suffer the consequences.  My biggest regret is not being able to say one last good bye to you and to tell you how much I loved you. I think of you often, up there with Mom, Dad, Doug, Uncle Ed and Tony - Big Dave"

This tribute was added by Charlie Culbertson on 29th August 2015

"Happy birthday Bruce! It's charlie. I miss you everyday like crazy especially on the weekends when we would rock and roll and drill those wells. As you would call me from time to time, this is Homer. Lol love you dude!"

This tribute was added by Chris Laxa on 26th August 2015

"Glad to have met such a spirited individual! Rest in peace. My sincerest condolences to the family."

This tribute was added by Jane Kolodjay on 15th August 2015

"Bruce as a brother you always made me feel very special.  I always
enjoyed our phone conversations.  You were quick witted, didn't mince any words and were always spot on with your views on whatever topic we were discussing.  Your work ethic was second to none and in my mind you were a  Jack of all trades and Master of All.  Having just learned how private a person you were with your health issues, receiving that phone call on August 2nd my heart was shattered.  I will always admire you and never forget you and as we always ended our phone conversations, I LOVE YOU!"

This tribute was added by Jaime Ibanez-Estevez on 12th August 2015

"I had the pleasure of working with Bruce during our tenure at NAVMASSO.  A hard working man with a dry sense of humor. He also dug my well and installed the pump system.  I am sure he his keeping St. Peter busy.  My sincerest condolences to the family."

This tribute was added by Bruce Donnelly on 11th August 2015

"I Love You Dad, I know I did not say it to you often. I will miss you so much. Dad you are the most caring person I know, you helped all that were in need.
I would like to thank all the people who have been in my fathers life.

Bruce was a no hold back, no shit person, he said what was on his mind like it or not, "I will Miss this the most". As His Son I have seen and heard it all.
For all who worked for, with, or around my dad, You have had the honor to work are ass off, learn thing you  never thought you would, and be treated like a minion. We are all better from it. He made all of us  BETTER.
I LOVE YOU DAD, Your in a better place, I'm not glad your gone, but Glad you went in your sleep and looked like you did not suffer."

This tribute was added by Stanley Radziewicz on 11th August 2015

"Big Bruce...my favorite "go to" driller and friend.  Little did I know at one time that our paths passed almost every day.   USS Independence (CV-62) North Atlantic/Mediterranean  Cruise Oct 1965- Apr 1966.  I was Senior Chief EOD Team and Bruce was Chief in VA 65 aircraft squadron. We shared the same "chiefs" mess etc. We  talked about this later after we met as "drillers"!  (small world)  Bruce was allways  BRUCE..LOL  Those of you who have posted here know what I mean!  A man of many talents and a heart as big as his stature.  A walking encyclopedia!  Many were the wells we drilled together  for one anothers  business.   Many were the times we'd spend ih his "office" LOL going over the abundanaces of music...home town computer clips ..."history"  about  just anything!   He went thru tough times medically, but he never grumbled...worked as hard as his body would permit  him and then some.  He's resting now.......my friend Bruce."

This tribute was added by Rosie Brown on 10th August 2015

"Big Bruce- Thank you for being such a kind and loving man.  I appreciate that you treated my daughters the same as you did Susan.  They loved you for being their Grampy and I loved you for it too.  Your kindness also flowed over to me and everyone else you met along the years.  You could scare the crap out of people with your loud booming voice....but underneath that, you had a heart of gold.  You were an amazing man.  Love you!!"

This tribute was added by Charlie Culbertson on 8th August 2015

"Bruce you are terribly missed. This is Charlie your well drilling/sprinkler system helper for the past several years. I smile from all the hell I caught from that Master Chief. You always told me, "Charlie I'm not your father" and I would always say, "I know Bruce, but you're like my second father." Bruce, your heart was so big and you would always help so many people. You will be missed by all the hearts you have touched....and that's a lot of damn people. I love you forever!"

This tribute was added by Richard Parker on 8th August 2015

"Bruce you will  truly be missed  by all of  us., rest in peace"

This tribute was added by Ralph Bennett on 8th August 2015

"BruceO my dear friend of over 25 years I was so sad to hear of your passing, I shall miss you so very much.  BruceO you have been an outstanding friend and I truly enjoyed every visit you ever made just you and me setting in the garage drinking Old Milwaukee listening to CD's you had made and then the visits to your house, you showing me the many beautiful clock and BruceO I shall always treasure the clock you gave me that your Uncle had made.  BruceO everyone in my family loved you and thank you once again for everything you did far my girls, Dixie thought you were just the best.  Hearing of your passing was the worst news I could ever imagine.  BruceO rest in peace my dear friend.  The RalphO"

This tribute was added by DIANE BEYER on 7th August 2015

"So sad to hear of Bruce passing-he will be missed-he was a wonderful caring man and was always so nice to my mother. Iam sure my mother was smiling when another angel met her in heaven that she thought so much of. it was hard to watch the debate last night w/o thinking of Bruce
as we talked about this whenever we talked. Rest in peace DEAR FRIEND"

This tribute was added by Ashley Renee on 6th August 2015

"Granpy for the 10 years I've known you I've always loved you.  You were the most caring man I've ever met. You always looked out for us and gave us good advice. Thank you so much for the blessing of becoming part of your family. I'm so thankful for what you have done for us. You will never be forgotten.  I love you."

This tribute was added by Robin Donnelly on 6th August 2015

"I love you Dad!"


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This memorial is administered by:

Susan Donnelly
Bruce Donnelly
Robin Donnelly
Rosie Brown

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