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Bruce P. Davis
  • February 22, 1931
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  • November 02, 2017

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Bruce P. Davis

February 22, 1931 – November 2, 2017

Loving husband, awesome father, wonderful poppa and NCAA Fencing Champion Bruce P. Davis, age 86, passed peacefully into the waiting arms of Jesus on November 2, 2017.

Bruce is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ruth (nee: Smith); his children, Holly (Chris) Bowne, Mark (Bonnie) Davis, Taia (David) Schreiner, and Tony Davis; his grandchildren, Monique, DeAnna, Ashleigh, Joshua, Spencer, Emily, Abigail, Kaci, Valerie and Andrew. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Arlie and Frank Davis, his two brothers, Donald and Richard Davis.

Bruce was born on February 22, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army, and was honorably discharged at the rank of Captain in 1968. He graduated from Cass Technical High School where he majored in Aeronautics. Bruce earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University and a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan. Bruce spent his career working for the Wayne County Public Health Department.

Bruce was an active, humble and incredibly gifted man. He loved dogs and spending time in nature, and he was passionate about learning new things. Over the course of his life he became an Advanced Class amateur radio (ham radio) operator, guitarist, recorder player, sailor, watercolor artist, ballroom dancer, martial artist, woodworker and above all, a fencer.

Bruce was a three-year fencing letterman at Wayne State University (WSU) from 1957-1959. He was the individual NCAA foil champion in both 1957 and 1958, tying the current world record for successive NCAA individual foil championships. In 1959, he became the Presidents Athletic Conference foil champion and was nominated to the U.S. Olympic Squad. Today he is an honored member of WSU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Bruce maintained his passion for fencing all his life, continuing to teach and coach until he was 82 years old.

In addition, Bruce was a talented, self-taught chip carver. His artistic woodworking skills were on display at craft shows across the state of Michigan and in the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, Michigan. His beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces can be found in the homes of nearly every family member and close friend who knew him.

Bruce’s kind heart, twinkling eyes and lively sense of humor will be greatly missed, along with his passionate love of all things sweet (a trait he successfully passed down to his children and grandchildren). With Bruce’s passing, Breyers® will most likely notice a significant dip in their French vanilla ice cream sales, as will Sanders with their hot fudge and chocolate-covered nuts.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care. We offer special thanks to the Cornerstone staff for all the loving care Bruce received.

“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” ~ Proverbs 16:9 


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  1. Shirleen says:
    08 May 2021
    Cant seem to get this to work. Wish Bruce were here to give me a hand.

  2. Shirleen says:
    08 May 2021
    I worked for Bruce at Wayne County Health Department, when we were both quite young. He was always a calming influence whether the turmoil was within a single person or a departmental maelstrom threatening time bring the walls down. If he had any fault it was bring too nice, but who doesn’t need and deserve too nice from time to time. Employees who started off with a chip came around under his caring guidance. Everyone loved Bruce. I loved him and know he is in the arms of his God doing good and making happy. I miss him and wish I had know sooner.

  3. Ellen (Kremer) Lutz says:
    04 Jul 2018
    Just learned of your loss, and I send my deepest condolences. From my childhood, I have very fond memories of this kind, loving family man. May he rest in peace in the arms of our Lord.

  4. Bob and Cheryl Ratz says:
    12 Mar 2018
    Bob and I worked with Bruce at the Health Dept in Wayne County. He was such a fine, caring man. Unfortunately, we are just now learning of his passing. Our deepest condolences to Ruth and their children and grandchildren. We are so sorry to have missed the chance to honor his life at the service in MI. Please know we both thought the world of Bruce, professionally and personally. We are saddened to know he is no longer with his family but rejoice knowing he lived a very full and rewarding life. Bruce enriched the lives of so many people and will be remembered fondly.
    Bob and Cheryl Ratz

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