Edward Ronald Bruchas

Born in Homestead, PA on May 28, 1925

Departed on April 17, 2020 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Mr. Bruchas was born in Homestead, PA, on May 28, 1925, the son of the late John Bruchas and Elizabeth Estok Bruchas. He graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA earning his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Mr. Bruchas was a veteran in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and served his country proudly in the Pacific theatre. He was a member of the VFW Post 9851. He was a founder and parishioner of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church where he was very active in the Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Bruchas was a lover of people and never met a stranger. He thrived in all settings whether business, church, social or family. Ed was a salesman for his entire career in the areas of insurance, printing equipment and real estate. For many years he sold real estate in Hendersonville and used his industry contacts to establish the Hendersonville Real Estate Review. He was its publisher for 26 years, retiring at the age of 84 to pursue other interests.

Although Mr. Bruchas had a passion for his work, he had many other interests through which he enriched the lives of family and friends. His love of photography came through in his camera collection and the many pictures he took and shared with others. He was an artist who created paintings, photographs and sculptures he shared with loved ones. He enjoyed travel and instilled that love in his children and grandchildren as it always revolved around family and usually a beach somewhere.

Most of all, Mr. Bruchas was a dedicated lover of his family beginning with his wife of 67 years, Irene. They were an amazing team that always looked their best and lit up a room whenever they entered. Ed was an encourager who was able to see the possibilities in his children and grandchildren. He was dedicated to education and every grandchild can recite his saying – “The more you learn, the more you earn”. He lived life to the fullest and one of his favorite expressions was “I love my life”.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Bruchas was preceded in death by eight siblings. Survivors include his wife, Irene Czajkoski Bruchas, to whom he was married on May 3, 1952; five children, Eric Bruchas (Susan), Darlene Oliver (Jeffrey), Mark Bruchas (Linda), Pamela Polk (Alan), and Janet Sutton (Robert); fourteen grandchildren; and nineteen great-grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

There will be a drive-by visitation on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M., Hendersonville Memory Gardens.

A private service will be held for immediate family only.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church once the pandemic subsides.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions are made to Our Lady of the Lake Parish, 1729 Stop 30 Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075 or Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9851, 73 New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

Visit the online obituary www.hendersonvillefh.com to post tributes and share memories, along with updated information about future Celebration of Life services after the virus pandemic.

59 Comments to Edward Ronald Bruchas

  1. Rod & Ginger Stamps
    April 19, 2020 7:36 pm

    Whenever I was around Mr. Bruchas you could tell he loved his family and loved life! Our hearts go out to you in his passing. Love & Prayers for the family.

    Rod & Ginger Stamps

    • Eileen Alexander
      April 21, 2020 12:00 pm

      Dear Irene, I am lifting you in prayer for God’s comfort. You were quite a team. It is so comforting to know where they are and who they’re with

  2. Amanda Cordray
    April 19, 2020 8:25 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all! He was a sweet man whom I enjoyed meeting.

  3. Charlotte
    April 19, 2020 8:28 pm

    Janet,
    We are so sorry to hear about your father! He was one of a kind and will be missed! With deepest sympathy, the Vosburgh family!

  4. Grace Oliver
    April 19, 2020 8:36 pm

    Whenever we were around Ed, he was alway full of life and mischief. Always kidding around and making everyone laugh. He loved his country and service her well. Ed, thank you for your service. Ed was one of The Greatest Generation, a hero in my eyes. There was no doubt that Ed loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was always bragging on them.
    Forever, there will be a void in our hearts.
    Praying for the family, in this time of loss.
    Grace & Rhonda

  5. Randy Williams
    April 19, 2020 8:58 pm

    Ed always had dreams of different adventures and I was Glad to be part of one…. Wanting to put together a Group a Shrine Clowns numbered Figure Ring with part of the sales going to Shriners Hospital for Children. I was Honored to be one of the 1st two clowns chosen for this project.
    His Fun…His Smile….His Laugh will be missed

  6. John Bertotti
    April 19, 2020 9:10 pm

    Ed was a true Legend of Our Lady of the Lake and Hendersonville. When he walked into a room, he owned it. A genuine people magnet. He will be greatly missed.

    Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Bruchas Family.

  7. Melissa Gresham
    April 19, 2020 9:35 pm

    So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing! He was always so friendly to me. I remember one time your parents came to pick you up, Darlene, from a party at my house. I thought it was so cute because they were sitting side by side in the car like they were dating! Thinking about and praying for your family. Love , Melissa❤️

  8. Melissa Gresham
    April 19, 2020 9:46 pm

    So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing! Your dad was always so friendly every time I saw him! I remember one time when your parents came to pick you up at a party at my house when we were in high school. They were sitting side by side in the car like they were on a date! I thought that was so cute, and I’ve never forgotten it! Jimmy and I are thinking about and praying for comfort for your family. Love, Jimmy and Melissa

  9. Danny kizer
    April 19, 2020 9:48 pm

    I remember Mr Ed coming in ponderosa steakhouse for noons sertoma he was a great man he will be miserably praying for peace and comfort.

  10. Pat and Raymond Wickard
    April 19, 2020 9:58 pm

    So much in my heart to be said about how much I Loved Ed Bruchas. When Ralph and I had Garland he took such good care of our advertising. He always had a smile on his face and made you feel so special as a true friend. I stopped in to see he and Irene a few months ago. He seemed so excited to see me. It was my pleasure to see both of them. God Bless Irene and the entire family. Heaven received a great man. ❤️🙏🙏🙏

  11. Pamela Dulany
    April 19, 2020 10:06 pm

    Whenever you were around Ed he had a twinkle in his eye that made him so engaging. He was a man who enjoyed life ,he loved his family and he loved his city. Ed sold Bob and I are 1st home. So needless to say we have known Ed and Irene for nearly 50 yrs. Whether through civic clubs like the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce or Rotary or at a family event he was always fun to talk with. He asked me at one of last events we were at together ,he had recently been ill, ” Pam why am I still here?!”. I told him ” Because you are a wonderful example to younger people of how to push on in life. In spite of circumstances, age or other events.” And to still laugh and try to enjoy life! You were a mentor Mr Ed Bruchas!. Love and blessing of God to his family.

  12. Jerry Glaser
    April 19, 2020 10:57 pm

    Knew Ed For many years. Then he Joined me at the Hearth. Wonderful memories of having breakfast together at a table they nick named the boys club. I, like everyone who knew Ed will miss his good humor and wisdom very much.

    Irene and all his family are in my Prayers

  13. Vicki A Louallen
    April 19, 2020 11:24 pm

    Dearest Irene, my heart breaks for your great loss! You were married to an incredible man and he loved you so!
    My prayers are for your comfort as you grieve.

  14. Barbara Stul Scaglione (Rhonda's cousin)
    April 20, 2020 1:41 am

    My sincerest condolences to the family. Thank you for your service Mr. Bruchas and my you R. I. P.

  15. Tom Bomkamp
    April 20, 2020 6:58 am

    We will miss you greatly, Ed. I especially will miss you poking me in the stomach whenever we met. Irene you will be in our prayers not only for your loss but for sainthood after putting up with that guy for 67 years.
    Enza and I are including you both in our morning prayers. God bless from deacon Tom and Enza Bomkamp

  16. Mary Jane Raymond
    April 20, 2020 7:38 am

    Mark, Linda, and family
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you all will be held close in our thoughts, hearts and most of all our prayers! Sending love
    Wayne and Mary Jane Raymond

  17. Tina Drumright
    April 20, 2020 7:43 am

    Darlene,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for tour family during this unusually difficult time.

  18. Sarah Fournier
    April 20, 2020 8:24 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Ed was always a joy to be around. I loved hearing your mom tell me stories of their early years and how proud they were of their children and grandchildren. His witty sweet humour will be greatly missed. I’ll cherish the way he looked at the world and his beautiful bride Irene. My prayers for all of you. ❤️

    Sarah Fournier

  19. Keith and Carnie
    April 20, 2020 8:38 am

    Pamela and Alan,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father, Pamela. God bless you and keep you. We pray for His comfort

  20. Rebecca Vanderpool and Bob
    April 20, 2020 9:12 am

    Remember ED and Irene from old banking days on Cherokee at Citizens Bank. Never a dull moment with Mr Ed in the lobby. He was a friend to all and most of all to those he met for the first time. He and Mrs Irene shared such a sweet love and was a beautiful example of togetherness and devotion. He loved Hendersonville and Sumner County. Our love and prayers to his family.

  21. Philip C. Wilson
    April 20, 2020 9:17 am

    Ed was the living testament to the power of a smile on others! You wanted to be with Ed because he made you feel better. You wanted to talk with Ed because his humor was infectious. You wanted to learn from him because he was a man of vast knowledge and experience and he was willing to share. Irene, Eric, Darlene and your other brothers, sisters, spouses and children, thank you for sharing Ed Bruchas with Hendersonville for all these years. We were the better for your generosity! We will miss you Ed but we will never forget you! Irene, all of you are in my prayers.

  22. Karlie Kee
    April 20, 2020 9:21 am

    Ed was a part of our Coldwell Banker Lakeside Realtors family. He was relationship oriented wuth a great love for people. He showed that love by being present. He will forever be remembered in this community where he shared his love to all. Irene and family we are so sorry for your loss.

    Much love to you.

  23. Erin Calhoon
    April 20, 2020 9:43 am

    His smiling spirit will be missed! God’s blessing of comfort and peace to all his family🙏

  24. Elaine (Butts) and Rick Fox
    April 20, 2020 10:08 am

    Irene and Family, we are truly sorry to hear of Ed’s passing! .. You both have always been a wonderful part of Hendersonville’s growth and business world !….Rick and I always enjoyed getting to see him on our lunch outings in the past few years….he always had some stories to share!…He will certainly be missed!….
    May God be with you and your family!

  25. Karen Davis
    April 20, 2020 10:40 am

    Want a wonderful man. Always had a smile on his face. I am blessed to have known you. One of a kind indeed. God bless you 🙏

  26. Tina Melton
    April 20, 2020 10:50 am

    I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Bruchas. But, Reading through these comments there is no doubt he was an extraordinary man. I work with his son Mark and I can definitely tell Mark has some of his Dad in him. Prayers and sympathy for all of the family.

  27. Sherri and Bobbie
    April 20, 2020 10:56 am

    May he Rest In Peace. May Darlene and her entire family find peace and understanding. May you feel our love and virtual hugs! We love you.

  28. Donnie Petre
    April 20, 2020 11:04 am

    Ed was such a wonderful human being ,a gentleman and a scholar. Always greeted me with a hug and a strong handshake. He loved everyone!!

  29. Tom and Tina Bost
    April 20, 2020 11:31 am

    Although it’s been quite some time since I’ve seen my Uncle Ed the memory of him is as vibrant as if it were yesterday. His big personality will go down in history! I so wish I could have known him now that I am older. I bet he had some amazing stories to share. My heart and prayers go out to all of you and I wish more than ever I could be there to give you all a hug and ease your sadness. I hope you can feel all the love that is coming to you from Pittsburgh. Please let Aunt Irene now how sorry we are and that we are thinking of her! Love and blessings to all. Tom and Tina Bost

  30. Dennis W Petty
    April 20, 2020 11:43 am

    Bless and Prayers to all of the Family in the Loss of Mr. Ed Bruchas.

  31. Amanda Varian
    April 20, 2020 12:47 pm

    Prayers of comfort for your loss. I was neighbors with Ed and Irene. I have fond memories of taking my children to their house on Halloween. Miss Irene also used to bring M&Ms to the fence for my kids when they were little. ❤️

  32. eileen george
    April 20, 2020 1:54 pm

    Dear Irene and Family,
    I was one of those fortunate ones that knew Ed professionally, spiritually and personally. We shared a special bond in business and having our Catholic faith connection just made everything effortless. I will miss Ed at church and how he loved life and lived it to the fullest. I’m sure Msgr. Bevington met him at the gate. God bless his soul.

  33. Lisa and Tom Connor
    April 20, 2020 3:52 pm

    God rest his soul. Our sympathy and prayers are will you all. These are tough times to go through this and our support and love are will you.

  34. Norm Kranz
    April 20, 2020 3:52 pm

    Missing my best friend since 1972.
    Will miss him riding with me with the convertible top down and he yelling out his enjoyment of going for a ride and stopping to see his friends at the Y or the bank. I will miss You.

  35. michelle and lee newland
    April 20, 2020 4:35 pm

    dear Irene we have shared so many years together as neighbors for 27 years, we love you and Ed so very much swapping vegetables over the fence will be missed.may god bless you and your family.

  36. Brittany Yates
    April 20, 2020 5:23 pm

    I am going to miss him so much I took care of him. I love you mr. Ed 💙💙💙💙💙💙

  37. Dixon L Duffett
    April 20, 2020 6:09 pm

    I am greatly saddened to see that Mr. Bruchas has passed away. But very quickly I was flooded by memories that are quite dear to me. Eric was and is to my mind a great great friend. From catch at recess, his Mom’s baking, the fall-down buttonhook, BBall with Steve and Paul, the inaugural track season for HJHS, and even the “Great Carnac” act we did as a study aid; all truly memorable and dear to me. His Mom and Dad were an absolute delight. They were fun, respected the sometimes odd notions of young people (me), and always made me feel at home. In the mid 60’s I remember Mr. Bruchas took Eric and me to Nashville to fool around while he was at work at the printer retailer, he worked at. Later, Mr and Mrs Bruchas opened their home to me for a week when my parents went out of town. It was better than good; it was great. In the early years of this century, I would visit Hendersonville to help my mother. Almost always, I would have a chance to see Mr and Mrs Bruchas at the library. Always a wonderful , albeit short, reunion. With great affection, I offer my sincere condolences,
    Dixon

    • Eric
      April 22, 2020 12:04 am

      Dixon, WOW – thanks for sharing your memories. I had forgotten some of those things, but I do remember how you reached out to me when our family moved to Hendersonville. I also remember a large group from our class late in our senior year sitting in your back yard one night and listening to Allman Brothers and CDB and other music of the day. You and Courtney were the best friends someone could have had through High School. Dad will he missed but he lived a full life.

  38. Ben & Sharon Northern
    April 20, 2020 8:21 pm

    The occasions that we were able to be in the company of the Legendary Ed Bruchas were always delightful and memorable. We thank God that we had the opportunity to cross paths with him and share some wonderful milestones with our combined families.. We will never forget Ed and Irene accepting and adopting our beloved granddaughter Ally into their family and loving her.

    We will continue to keep you all close in thought and prayer.

  39. Mary A. Swafford
    April 20, 2020 9:03 pm

    I will never forget Ed calling on us at Hanning Realtors and one day he came in and told me that he was needing to finish the Realtor Review and needed the back page completed. I took the whole page ad and Ed thanked me so much. I did real good with that ad and more than made up for the cost of a full page of advertising. Ed had a way with people and made you feel incredible. I enjoyed working with him. I remember giving him a collections of clowns. You will be missed, Ed. My sincere condolences to the entire family.

  40. Bob Underwood
    April 20, 2020 10:45 pm

    Dear Irene and Family,
    Your loss is shared by so many, myself included. Ed was one of the first people I met when I attended my first VFW meeting in Hendersonville 20+ years ago, and I knew just from that short initial meeting he would be a treasure to visit with at every opportunity. I was always motivated to engage with him every time I saw him, just to hear a story or learn something new on a subject that was on his mind at the time. I was honored to share a few lunches with him and his buddies that he hung out with (mostly with Tom) and regret that time took me away from those frequent visits.

    It was a privilege to work with him when he was at the VFW Hall, and I feel honored to have the opportunities to learn a few life lessons from him. Thank you all so much for sharing him with us. Prayers for you all at this time of loss.

  41. Neal Heath
    April 20, 2020 11:02 pm

    Pappy didn’t have to go out of his way to make me feel like I was a welcomed part of his family because he did it so naturally. The first time I met him he told me he knew some guys in Chicago that would kill me if I ever treated Lauren poorly…. and immediately after he said that he just laughed and laughed. I loved him immediately. The jokes, the wisdom, the encouragement, and the love he shared with me and all of our family will be greatly missed. Seeing him again one day will be something I greatly look forward to.

  42. Joy Simpkins Dixon
    April 21, 2020 12:23 am

    I have many memories of Mr. Bruchas when I worked at the
    City of Hendersonville. He was usually smiling and cracking joke!! He sure raised some wonderful children❤️
    Prayers for all the family🙏🏻🙏🏻😘😘

  43. Mark Meece
    April 21, 2020 10:58 am

    Ed and Irene were neighbors of mine for years. We talked and helped each other. I’m sorry for Irenes and the family’s loss. He and Irene were the best neighbors anyone could ask for ..

  44. Kelly Rodgers
    April 21, 2020 12:47 pm

    So sorry for your family’s great loss during this crazy time. I know he is dearly loved and will be terribly missed by all that knew him.

  45. Gary & Nancy Garner
    April 21, 2020 1:17 pm

    With deep sorrow we heard the news of Ed’s passing to be with the Lord. Our involvement with Ed, Irene and the family in the late 60’s in the start up days of OLOL church. Ed’s love for family and his dynamic personality were magnets to people of all ages- our kids loved him as we did.

    Ed, you brightened our day with each encounter and made us play better. Bless You! Irene and family, our love, prayers and blessings are with you all. savor the great times.Gary and Nancy Garner, Augusta, GA

  46. Gerard and Carole Holtman
    April 21, 2020 2:33 pm

    Ed I will miss you. I always enjoyed our “talks”

  47. Gary & Martha Petty
    April 21, 2020 2:34 pm

    To my friend and a wonderful gentleman who served his country, his town, his church and his family. He will be sadly missed. Prayers for you Irene and family……………

  48. Linda H Vaughn, Reliant Realty
    April 22, 2020 12:55 am

    I met Ed some 40-42 years ago at Cosmopolitan Heath Spa in Goodlettsville. I had just gotten my real estate license. We were both members and worked out regularly until it closed. Ed was much older but was very fit. I told him he would live forever. I ran Into Ed many times at other gyms and then was pleased to reacquaint when Ed started the Real Estate Review intent on making a success of the periodical when i worked at Coldwell Banker Lakeside. There were many challenges in the real estate industry but I rarely refused Ed an ad and wanted him to succeed as much as I wanted to succeed. I admired his determination, his salesmanship and his friendliness. His smile was quick and his manner professional. He will be missed… he was a legend in marketing agents and supporting our industry for many, many years. He did not live forever as none of us will but he made his unique mark Irene on Realtors, Sumner County and our industry. You have much to be proud and I am so happy he was healthy and by your side all the while. May memories of your devotion to each other sustain and comfort you in your loss. Linda H Vaughn

  49. Carol and Dallas Scott
    April 22, 2020 11:42 am

    Ed and Irene have been our friends since we moved here in the late 1960’s. They are godparents to one of our daughters.Their family is a true example of a christian family. He will be greatly missed. Irene is in our prayers.

  50. Courtney Rogers
    April 22, 2020 12:46 pm

    I will so miss Mr. Bruchas, he was always so kind and gallant! He told me of his time on the island of Tinian during WWII. I will miss his passion as well – he beamed whenever dancing with Ms. Irene. Also, his kindness as he was dedicated to taking care of two of his older friends, making sure that they could still get out to attend various patriotic events. Hugs and prayers to Ms. Irene, blessings to his entire family, who will deeply miss this great man.

  51. Kevin & Diane O'hara
    April 22, 2020 12:59 pm

    Our first meeting of Mr. Bruchas was in early 1983 while attending Mass at the Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church on New Shackle Island Road. He was always a handsome well-dressed man of authority and organization. Masses back then could be very crowded and seating was always at a premium but somehow ,someway Mr. Bruchas could always find you seats for your family. He was an outstanding usher and lector for our church in addition to many other positions he held. Later in years we have had the pleasure of speaking to Ed and his beautiful wife Irene socially at several weddings and events in Hendersonville. If there was ever a man you could start a conversation with about anything and feel totally comfortable, it was Ed Bruchas. His wit, knowledge and laughter never ceased to amaze you. He was the kind of individual you just respected. His passing will affect many people in our Hendersonville community for a long time and his voice and personality will be truly missed. May he rest in peace.

  52. Julie (Bomkamp) Allen
    April 22, 2020 7:46 pm

    Ed was such a wonderful man. I will miss him so very much. He was my son Cory’s Confirmation sponsor. He always treated both my sons like they were his own…always slipping a $5 bill in their pocket if they hit good grades. Loved those big hugs he gave me after mass every Sunday. Always dressed the best and smelled so good!! Prayers for you Irene and all the family.

  53. Darrel Tongate
    April 23, 2020 3:25 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Great guy.
    Talked to him at the Y many a day.
    Always good to see him.
    He will be missed.

  54. Jo Ann Graves
    April 23, 2020 9:46 pm

    Ed was a wonderful man who lit up the room when he entered. He and Irene always took an interest in others.
    I will miss him.

  55. Julie Brackenbury
    April 25, 2020 12:20 am

    It seems this has been such a sad time, and getting the text message that Ed had passed just broke my heart. I started working with Ed back in1998 while working for the News Examiner. At that time, I designed ads for the Real Estate Review every other Tuesday night. He could be quite cantankerous, but I couldn’t wait for the chance to work directly for him. He was my challenge, and it wasn’t long before I got the chance. Each Tuesday afternoon, I’d pick my son up after school and bring him back to the Real Estate Review (RER) to wait for his dad to pick him up on his way home. During that time I would work with Ed to finish up the RER pagination. Ed would always tell Ethan, “The more you learn, the more you earn.” Then he would always tell us both, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” My family and I grew to love him and Irene like our own family. I learned so much from him. The one thing I learned most was the joy of seeing the love he and Irene shared for God, for one another, for their family and for their country. I don’t believe he and Irene ever missed a graduation or a wedding of any of their grandchildren. I also learned to love real estate, took the real estate courses at Vol State and passed my exam. I remember how proud he was of my accomplishment. After he retired and I had moved on to this and that, we still kept in touch. I loved meeting him at the VFW Hall with his buddies or having lunch with him and Irene. I cherished walking through the Stations of the Cross with him and Irene at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. I felted so honored when he would ask me to help him on a project like his clowns, or something to help a friend. I was so excited when he supported me during my race for city councilor at large. Our family was so blessed that he and Irene were able to attend our son’s wedding. Then before he and Irene moved, my husband and I were able to pay them a visit one Saturday. We ended up spending that whole day with them. We saw how organized his children kept him along with all the good pies and dinners that were cooked in the freezer. When I got the text this past Saturday, from our dear friend Cheryl Puryear, I thought I would drop to the floor. I had just buried my stepmom. And, for the first time in my life, I just couldn’t seem to find the right words to say. But then, as I shed tears while watching this video, I had such a warm feeling… God has called his arc angel back home. I felt so happy for him. I knew the Lord was holding a grand celebration in Heaven. Such a wonderful life Ed shared, and my family was so blessed to share some of it with him. May God grant Irene and the whole family strength and peace. All my love, hugs and prayers.

  56. Ronald and Désirée Stamps
    April 27, 2020 9:23 am

    Mr. Bruchas was one of the most charismatic people we knew. . We have so many memories of wonderful times with him…his words of wisdom and by contrast humorous sayings that he imparted on us. Mr. Bruchas lit up the room when he walked in with his big personality. On our last visit with him at The Hearth, the staff referred to him as the Mayor because of his diplomatic style greeting everyone with a smile, kind words, or something to make them laugh. Désirée and I will miss him deeply. We thank God for the lifetime of inspiration he gave us. Prayers for the entire family.

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