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    WWII Fighter Pilot

    I am going to a funeral tomorrow. It is for a close friend of over 50 years.

    Bruce Jaques was a WWII fighter pilot. He was an "Ace" and had many "kills."

    If there was ever anyone in this world that you would think would NOT be a fighter pilot, let alone an Ace, it would be Bruce. Bruce was a very good man, a very devout Christian man. He was a thorough, methodical, think it through, person who never hurried into anything.

    He was an optometrist who was totally dedicated to his patients. He was never in a hurry with them. If the patient had an unusual condition, Bruce would follow through on it with the tenacity of a bulldog.

    He was over 90 years old and as sharp as ever. Cancer and pneumonia did him in.

    He leaves behind a wonderful wife and grown, married, etc. children.

    I will miss him.

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    My condolences to his family and friends, and my thanks to him for his service so many years ago. Sounds like he had a full life and leaves a fine legacy.
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    Same here, as Vaughn said. I'm sorry for your loss Jim.

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    Sorry for the loss of your friend Jim.
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    Jim, I am so glad he had you as a friend, you have done a great job explaining him to us and like Vaughn, I thank him for his service.
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    Sorry for your loss Jim. Good friends are hard to find and harder to loose.
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

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    sorry jim,, and tell his family that you and your friends are thankful for his service and the work he done after.. its always hard to loose the good ones...
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    You know a guy for 50 years, however, you have to go to his funeral to discover that he was awarded the Silver Star, Two Distinguished Flying Crosses, and Three Air Medals. Not only that, his flying was off of an aircraft carrier.

    Guess you could say that Bruce was not much of a braggart.

    Thanks for your messages people. They are really appreciated.

    Yes, he was a great guy and his departure is going to leave a huge hole in his congregation. He was extremely active there.

    Enjoy,
    Jim
    Last edited by Jim C Bradley; 09-15-2011 at 10:57 PM. Reason: Grammar
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    Jim, most of the real hero's don't want it known. They were just doing what any person would have done at the time and they don't see it as a big deal. That is a big part of being a hero.

    Once again, sorry for your loss
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

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    Sounds like he was a very special person. Thanks for sharing Jim.
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