John Anthony Bruno

November 20, 1940 ~ April 22, 2022 (age 81) 81 Years Old


John Anthony Bruno, 81, of Shelter Harbor, RI, died peacefully on Friday April 22, 2022 at his home surrounded by the love of his family. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy (Miniter) Bruno.
Born in New Haven, CT on November 20, 1940 he was the son of the late Anthony and Vivian (Pesce) Bruno.
John had a love for music and graduated from the Hartt College of Music with a degree in Music Education in 1962. He later received his M.A. from the University of Hartford in 1968 and The Administration degree from UConn.
In 1962 he began his teaching career in the rural communities of Connecticut he went on to develop the instrumental music program in East Granby, CT a position he held for 39 years. Upon his retirement he took a part-time elementary music position for 2 years in Groton, CT and stayed for nine.
He had a love for the ocean and passed that on to his sons. He also took an active role in his children’s sports as a Little League Coach, and hockey scheduler as well as being a lifetime lover of the New York Yankees and UConn women’s sports.
Upon moving to Rhode Island John joined the Westerly Town Band as Trombonist and assistant Conductor and he was also the Shelter Harbor Harbormaster for many years.

Besides his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, he will be sadly missed by his children, Peter J. Bruno, Michael J. Bruno and Mikhayla A. Bruno.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday May 7, 2022 at 10:00 AM at St. Pius X. Church, 44 Elm St. Westerly, RI.
Calling hours are respectfully omitted.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in John’s name to The Shelter Harbor Conservation Society (SHCS), B, Leadbetter Treasurer, 16 Handel Rd., Westerly, RI 02891 or Westerly Band, PO Box 614, Westerly, RI 02891
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May 7, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Pius X Church
45 Elm St.
Westerly, RI 02891


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