Charlie and Rose, as their friends knew them, passed on during the waning weeks of May 2014 in Venice, Fla.
Born Oct. 5, 1922, Charlie passed May 22, 2014. Rose, born Jan.17, 1925, passed May 31, 2014.
They met while attending high school in their birthplace of Southwestern Ohio and married 69 years ago. They moved to Nokomis, Fla., in 1959 where they became active in the community, careers and family activities with daughter Jane Anne Gilman and son Scott Bruin, both of whom survive them.
They are also survived by five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; Charlie’s brother Ted; and two nephews.
Mr. Bruin served in the U.S. Navy during World War II while Mrs. Bruin studied nursing, graduating from nursing school in Hutchinson, Kan., in 1946.\
After moving to Nokomis, Fla., Charlie went to work for Sarasota Federal Savings and Loan Assn., which later became Coast Federal Savings and Loan. He retired as senior vice president.
Rose practiced nursing, beginning at Venice Hospital before air conditioning and elevators were available in the building. She later worked for Venice Internal Medicine as a physician’s nurse until her retirement.
After retirement, the Bruins traveled the United States in their travel trailer, being in all 48 states once and many states multiple times. They enjoyed the outdoors and seeing sites that contrasted to their home in Florida.
Activities for Mr. Bruin included leading the Venice Area of Chamber of Commerce as its president and serving in the same capacity with the Venice Area United Way. He also served on the board of Venice Hospital and as chairman of the Board of Trustees for Venice-Nokomis United Methodist Church. He chaired the finance committee for the same church.
Perhaps his most passionate project later in life included the revitalization and recapitalization efforts for the Jesse Knight Cemetery, owned by VNUMC, where he volunteered 23 years.
Mrs. Bruin was an active sponsor in the Rainbow Girls Organization for young women in Venice after renewing her membership in the same organization from her teen years. She was also active in supporting the Nokomis Elementary School PTA, Venice/Nokomis Little League Baseball and the Venice Youth Sailing program sponsored by the Venice Yacht Club, where Charlie and she were members.
Beginning in the early 1990s they worked jointly, organizing and sitting as chair and secretary of the committee to help transition the Nokomis Elementary School property from the School Board to the Sarasota County Parks Department, where it was developed into Nokomis Community Park. Rose and Charlie worked collaboratively with local residents, community leaders and government officials to create the park that now stands along Nippino Trail in Nokomis.
In their final days, they jointly and independently stressed how lucky they had been in their lives and how grateful they were for their family and friends.
They will be interred in Jesse Knight Memorial Cemetery.
Contributions: Gifts in memoriam may be directed to Jesse Knight Memorial Cemetery in care of Venice-Nokomis United Methodist Church, 208 Palm Ave., Nokomis FL 34275; or to Tidewell Hospice, Philanthropy Department, 5595 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.