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Michael T. Bruni

Michael Thomas Bruni passed away on June 27th  at the age of 72 after a valiant, lifelong struggle with physical disabilities.

Michael was the son of Louis J. Bruni, deceased, and Lillian Bodnaruk Bruni of Revere and Lynnfield.  He leaves behind siblings Thomas M. Bruni and his partner Kay Onan of Roslindale; Carol Bruni of Melrose; Stephan L. Bruni of Gray, Maine; and Susan Maria Lagorio of Amesbury.

Michael will be missed by his loving nieces and nephews Cathleen Forand and her husband Eric, Christine Fiorentino and her husband Thomas, Michael Bruni and his wife Lauren, Eric Bruni, Stephan Bruni, Maria Gritz and her husband Clay, Peter Lagorio and Gregory Lagorio.  Michael was also blessed with eleven grand nieces and nephews who will remember him fondly.

Though Michael’s life was one of challenge and adversity, he was never heard to complain about his many physical disabilities or the pain he endured throughout his life.  Michael possessed a very sunny disposition and was a source of great strength and comfort to his family.  Although he was limited by his physical disabilities, he outshone all others in the family with his intellectual and emotional capabilities.  Michael was the man to whom his family went to for counsel and advice.  His indomitable spirit encouraged his family to persist in face of many struggles.   Michael was the brother and uncle who was able to get us through many college exams and term papers.

Michael was selfless and patient and never hesitated to help anyone in need.  His temperament made his choice to volunteer for the Samaritans a natural one.  He helped many with his compassionate words of comfort.

Michael graduated from the Cotting School and the University of Massachusetts.  He had a passion for history and was most happy researching and studying the history of World War II.  His special interest was in the D-Day invasion and the battle of the Hurtgen Forest where his father fought and was wounded.  Michael was fascinated with cameras and was a fine nature photographer.  He loved to travel New England in the autumn months to photograph classic barns and farmhouses.  Another passion was his collections of pipes, especially the Meerschaums and the English.

A very special event in our family was when Michael would recite the Night Before Christmas, sitting by the fire, smoking his Meerschaum, surrounded by his nieces and nephews.

God gave him to us as an inspiration, someone to encourage us to be our better selves.  We will have to work hard to live up to his example.

Funeral Services will be Private

Should friends or family desire, remembrances may be made to the Cotting School, 453 Concord Ave, Lexington, MA 02421.


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  1. John David Giordano
    Nov 30 2020

    I just learned of the loss of Michael today. My time with Michael was back in the late 70’s when I was attending BC and dating Susan. I visited the Bruni house often in those years and spent countless hours talking alone with Michael in the kitchen. He so warmed my heart. I consulted with him on all of the issues I faced at the time and he was truly my greatest cheerleader. He was a very special man and I still can see his wonderful smile. Love to all of his family. God bless.

  2. Lorraine and Gene Sacco
    Jul 3 2020

    Sue, so sorry for this great loss. Such a beautiful tribute. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sending much love your way especially for your mom.
    God bless,
    Lorraine and Gene ❤️✨

  3. Jack and Mary Schnelle
    Jul 3 2020

    Sue we are so sorry about the loss of Michael… This beautiful tribute to Michael, opens our lives to the remarkable man he was…. Someone to be emulated… He was a gift to this world and to those who had the opportunity to know him…. Our condolences to your dear Mom

    Mary and Jack

  4. Patti Barkhouse
    Jul 3 2020

    So sorry for your loss. Although I never got to meet Michael, I have heard many wonderful sentiments. May he Rest In Peace.

    Eddie and Patti Barkhouse

  5. Janice Cawley
    Jul 2 2020

    Our sincere sympathy to Michael’s family for his passing. Michael’s obituary is a beautiful tribute to a beautiful human being. May he rest in peace.

    Janice and Family

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