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In Memory of

John Bruen

March 31, 2015

Obituary


Retired Lieutenant Colonel John Patrick Bruen, USMCR, 60, of Leesburg, Virginia died on March 31, 2015 at Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY. He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Ellen Pike, their son Owen and daughter Aine. Born on July 22, 1954, in Woodside, NY, John was the first child of the late Rose and Patrick Bruen. John is fondly remembered by his seven siblings: Thomas (Mary); Patrick (Margaret); Michael (Dawn); Gerald (Mary); Noel (Noreen); Kenneth (Christine); Helen White (Stephen) as well as eighteen nieces and nephews.
John graduated from Fordham University with...

Retired Lieutenant Colonel John Patrick Bruen, USMCR, 60, of Leesburg, Virginia died on March 31, 2015 at Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY. He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Ellen Pike, their son Owen and daughter Aine. Born on July 22, 1954, in Woodside, NY, John was the first child of the late Rose and Patrick Bruen. John is fondly remembered by his seven siblings: Thomas (Mary); Patrick (Margaret); Michael (Dawn); Gerald (Mary); Noel (Noreen); Kenneth (Christine); Helen White (Stephen) as well as eighteen nieces and nephews.
John graduated from Fordham University with a degree in Classical Languages in 1976 and from Pace University School of Law in 1987. Upon graduation from Fordham, John was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Later John reported to the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida for pilot training and upon graduation became a Marine Heavy Helicopter CH-53 Pilot. While on active duty John served his country as a CH-53 Pilot, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, and Aviation Quality Assurance Officer. In 1984 John left active duty and joined the Marine Corps Reserve serving at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. While at Willow Grove, John rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and served as Commanding Officer HMH 772 Maintenance Squadron. He retired in 1995. After graduating from Law School, John began his career in Aviation Law. John handled a variety of aviation claims, mostly in the Products Liability field. The clients were major products' manufacturers and John's responsibilities ranged from single plane accidents to major airline catastrophes. John was primarily responsible for handling the claims arising out of the crash of U.S. Airways flight 1549, which was forced to land in the Hudson River in 2009. At the time of his death, John was a Senior Vice President of JLT Aerospace, one of the world's leading experts in aviation insurance. There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 14th at 11AM at the Monastery Church of the Sacred Heart, 110 Shonnard Pl., Yonkers, NY 10703. A burial with full Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to : Ellen M Pike, Trustee Aine M Bruen Third Party Special Needs Trust. C/o 18301 Buccaneer Terrace, Leesburg, Va. 20176.
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