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After suffering through kidney failure, Bruce Joseph returned to his heavenly home in the early hours of October 1st, 2021, leaving behind his wife of 51 Years, Patricia Winnie.
Bruce Joseph was born to Anna Pestriakoff Williams on October 11, 1947, in Kodiak, Alaska. He was adopted by Bernard F. Winnie and Betty Lou Knight. He lived in Alaska long enough to remember getting in trouble for playing baseball at midnight. After a small stint in Seattle, Washington, it was the San Francisco Bay Area Bruce thought of as home. He lived in the Bay until high school.
Bruce was an avid fan of sports, and when he transferred to Redondo Union High School, he found success wrestling and playing football. He was an integral part of the well-known Hay's Destruction Team and earned All-League Honors as a linebacker. During his first game he recorded 10 tackles and quickly befriended Jimmie Smith, who introduced Bruce to his sister, Patricia Ann Taylor. Bruce yearning for family and a sense of belonging, found these in the Smith/Taylor home. He became an instant part of the family.
Bruce followed Patricia to El Camino College where he became defensive captain as well as linebacker on the football team, later transfering to Long Beach State. By then Uncle Sam demanded his participation in the Vietnam War; but for good or bad his life didn’t include the military. Having sacrificed his knees to football, Bruce never saw Vietnam and eventually settled in as the Number 1 Chemical Supervisor for a green oil company.
Bruce and Pat were married on September 12th, 1970, and a short time later they made their home in the Bay. A few years later, Bruce and Pat were sealed in the Oakland Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They began their eternal companionship on May 29, 1976. Beginning in 1973 the Winnies raised 6 children: Sean (Emily), Wyatt (Holly), Cori, Megan (Scott Austin), Boyd, and Taylor. Additionally, they are thrilled with each of their wonderful grandchildren: Lauren, Samantha, Tara, and Leah Winnie; Dakota, Scotty (Jr.), June, and Bradley Austin; and Morgan and Daphne Winnie.
Bruce spent his years loving and serving old friends while making new friends through service. He developed his God given talents of mechanics and electronics by listening to the inspiration which came to him through quiet reflection. He was successful in the administration of his gift of healing by listening to that same voice.
"Thankfully the legacy to the Winnie children includes the gifts of patience, kindness, playfulness, cheerfulness, and open-hearted acceptance, portrayed in acts of help to those in need."
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday October 9th, 2021 at 11am at 3845 South 2000 West Roy Utah.
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Starts at 11:00am (Mountain time)
Winnie Memorial Service
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