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Memorial created 06-29-2009 by
Teresa McElroy
Bruce Ian McElroy
June 4 1957 - July 3 2008

Bruce often wore a brimmed hat

This online memorial was created in loving memory of Bruce McElroy, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign Bruce's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember Bruce forever.

Bruce grew up in New Jersey but made West Virginia his home after attending D&E College in Elkins.

Bruce was most proud of his role as Hack Site Attendant in 1988 on North Fork Mountain, West Virginia, where he raised and released then-endangered Peregrine Falcons for the WVDNR, his participation in the Northern Flying Squirrel project also for the WVDNR, and for his career with the WV Dept. of Agriculture as a Field Agent for nearly 20 years.

Bruce loved to entertain family and friends, be it at card parties, cook-outs, holiday get-togethers, or camping or backpacking trips which he truly enjoyed planning and organizing.  He hosted many 4th of July bashes and loved his fireworks!  He enjoyed long-weekends camping with friends, backpacking, being outdoors, raising Weimaraners, reading sci-fi and fantasy books--especially Lord of the Rings, loved old comedy and western movies, Lord of the Rings Movies and Star Trek Voyager re-runs, and was a WWII history buff.  Bruce was an accomplished cook and could whip up a gourmet meal effortlessly.  He loved to play board games (especially war games), computer games, and cards (poker!). 

 

Bruce and Sage on the 4th of July

Bruce always looked forward to his July 4th celebration and was crazy about the fireworks! 

He was so proud of his Weimaraners Sage and T'Pring.  Between the two Weimaraners he raised three litters of Weimaraner puppies and made several new friends along the way.  

We will always remember Bruce's love of the mountains, and of the ocean.  He was always most at home in the quiet and uncrowded places he loved. 

Another one of his passions was his love of games, Poker, board games, War (strategy) board games, and online computer games.  He enjoyed his community of online friends over the last 5or-so years of his life, and even met quite a number of them in the real world.

With his passing on July 3, 2008, Bruce joined his Mother, Jeane, brother-in-law and best friend, Lenny, and beloved dog "Breeze" on the other side ... he strongly believed in an afterlife, in past lives, and in possible reincarnation.

 

Bruce (in front center) surrounded by family, friends and fireworks on the 4th of July

A year has gone by so quickly, it feels like you were here with us just yesterday ...

For a while it felt like you had gone on a long vacation, and so much time went by and you could not return home...

 

"Death, the real final frontier. Or, may be a gateway to some other frontier.  We really don't know. But what can be determined fairly well is that having to face death is something everyone has to experience.  A lot of the time, it makes no sense at all.  Sometimes, one gains a new perspective on what each moment, each breath is worth.  Others make a fantasy out of the possibilities of life after death...it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness, even if a lot of the time , we're fumbling around in the dark trying to find the matches."  (Rob Meurer)

 

Bruce and T'Pring

Some of Bruce's happiest moments were with his dogs Sage and T'Pring.

The best of friends must part...

My sunshine doesn't come from the skies, it comes from the love in my dog's eyes...

 

 

Bruce and Terry, 1998, North Fork Mtn.

All these moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain, but we'll meet again.

We share time together in a place where time stands still ...

 

Bruce and Sage, Cape Cod

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.

 

 

I fly a starship across the Universe divide, and when I reach the other side I'll find a place to rest my spirit if I can.

I may simply be a single drop of rain but I will remain--

And I'll be back again, and again, and again ....

 

Bruce's Cliffs on North Fork Mountain WV

We held a memorial for Bruce on North Fork Mountain in September 2008, which was attended by 35 family members and friends.

Spirits of this land, of the rocks and trees, of the plants and animals, of those who walked here long before us...in giving you Bruce's earthly remains, we ask that he may become a part of this land...may Bruce's memory be a bond between us...

Bruce, we know that you can take nothing with you on this journey.  You have left us with many treasured memories...

May the air carry you gently, may the fire release your soul, may the water cleanse you, may the Earth receive you.

 

Bruce showing off the Fireworks on the 4th of July

Looking through some photographs I found inside a drawer, I was taken by a photograph of you...there were one or two I know that you would have liked a little more, but they didn't show your spirit quite as true.

 

Bruce on the cliffs at North Fork Mountain

 

 

 

 

                             You are not forgotten

 

 

 

 

 

                                             

                                                                                                                  

                                                             Miss you

 

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