1924 – 2022
IN LOVING MEMORY
Bruce John Greig, age 97, died peacefully at Longhorn Village in Austin, TX in the early morning hours of August 25, 2022.
Bruce was born on October 8, 1924 in Richmond, England to Theresa and Bruce Greig Sr. He was the third of six children, and the only son. After immigrating to the United States via Ellis Island in 1926, the Greig family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Upon graduating high school, Bruce signed up for the Army Air Corp and served during World War II.
After the war, he attended Marquette University on the GI Bill and graduated in 1948 with his Bachelors of Electrical Engineering. Following his graduation, he worked for more than 30 years at General Motors and retired at the age of 55. Bruce loved being an engineer and his love of learning continued throughout his life. He could often be found with a copy of the Wall Street Journal; the latest book on World War II or Winston Churchill; and the New York Times crossword puzzle which he completed every day - in pen.
On August 21, 1950, Bruce married the love of his life, Bernadine Spitzsnogle, a schoolteacher from Indiana. Bruce and Bernie called many places home during their 54 year marriage, including Germany, Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida and finally, Texas. They welcomed two children; Bruce John Jr. (Brucky) in 1959 and Sheila Anne in 1960. The Greigs loved to entertain at their homes regaling guests with stories from their travels and kept in contact with a wide set of friends from all over the world. When Bernie became ill with Parkinsons, Bruce took his vow of “in sickness and health” to heart, and cared for her himself at their home in Cedar Park, TX until her death.
Bruce moved into Longhorn Village in 2009. There he enjoyed his afternoons of playing duplicate bridge; his time in the bar catching up with new friends; and the wonderful staff who made him feel at home. He relished visits from his grandchildren, and loved to brag about their accomplishments. It wasn’t unusual for them to come for a visit and have a complete stranger tell them how proud their Grandpa was of them. He lived independently in his apartment until nearly the end. His family is so grateful for the community and care that Longhorn Village was able to provide.
Bruce is preceded in death by his wife, Bernie; his sisters, Andree, Betty, and Pat; and his parents, Theresa and Bruce. He is survived by his sisters, Barbara (Harlen) Hocken, and Sheila (Andy) Balistreri; his son, Brucky Greig; his daughter Sheila (Bill) Balog; his grandchildren, Lauren (Nate) Wright, Emily (Joe) Wilsford, and Jake (Ashlyn) Balog; and his great-grandchildren, Mack, Ellie, Olivia and Kit.
His family misses him dearly already. In lieu of flowers, please make yourself a gin martini on the rocks, enjoy a Snickers bar, and cheer on his beloved Green Bay Packers this season in his honor.
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