Obituary of James Bruce Offer
James "Bruce" Offer, age 81, of Voorhees, passed away at home on July 22, 2019. Survived by his wife, Dorothy (nee Chew); son, Jim Offer; and brother, Gary Offer.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing and visitation on Monday, July 29th 11am-12pm at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 200 E. Clements Bridge Rd. Runnemede, NJ 08078. Funeral service 12pm. Burial private.
Born to Myrtle Alva Dauchy and Lawrence Offer, their second of three sons. Lived in San Antonio, Texas until the age of 11. He spent as much time as possible on the farm of his maternal grandparents in Fentress, Texas. Had a very happy childhood with his school friends and his best dog pal Rags. Also spent many happy days with his cousins Jackie and Ronnie Meadows, his older brother Cullen (d. 2007) and younger brother Gary.
After the family moved to New Jersey, Bruce attended and graduated from Haddon Heights High School. He continued his education later in life, graduating from Rutgers University Camden with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in 1974.
Bruce loved to travel, having visited Iran in the days of the Shah as well as Scotland and many historical sites in the United States. He was an avid reader and student of history and genealogy. Bruce also enjoyed running, swimming, weight lifting, bicycling, bowling, fishing and woodworking. He was a friend to animals, always having a dog or cat around.
Many of his fondest memories were of his work as a machinist at New York Shipbuilding Co. and the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He could always remember a story about one of the old "Yard Birds". After many years as a union machinist, eventually becoming an instructor and shop steward, Bruce began a second career in human resources, still at the Navy Yard.
After retiring from the Navy Yard, Bruce worked part time as a medical driver. He had a great rapport with the clients as he drove them to doctors' appointments and physical therapy, having battled cancer and diabetes himself. Bruce enjoyed his retirement in the company of his wife Dot, son Jim, and numerous friends and relatives who came to visit or go out to dinner at Ozzie's and other classic Philadelphia restaurants. Bruce had many dear friends from all periods of his life and was a beloved uncle to Kim, Jeannie, Deanna (deceased), Herman, Margie, Ben, Andrea, Audrey and Joe.
"Beautiful memories silently kept Of the one that we loved and will never forget"
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