William F. Bruso Jr., 64

RAYMOND — William (Bill) F. Bruso Jr., 64, of Raymond, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, with his loved ones by his side.

He was born in Worcester, Mass., on April 26, 1954. Bill was raised in Auburn, Mass., and graduated from Auburn High School, where he excelled in sports. After high school, he attended the University of Maine in Orono, where he played football, was a member of Phi Eta Kappa fraternity and earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science. After college, he fulfilled his dream of becoming a Maine State Trooper. He was one of the first Troopers to be part of the K9 unit, with his beloved partner, Bronson. Bill treasured his time as a Trooper, and the lifelong friendships he made.

He later moved to Arizona, where he became a business owner in the security sector. In his later years, he moved back to the Raymond area that he loved so much. Bill was known as a loving family man, a loyal friend, a great storyteller, the life of the party and a strong leader. He was tough, fearless and stubborn; while also being generous, kindhearted, and he made everyone he met feel welcome.

Bill was predeceased by his father, William F. Bruso Sr.

He is survived by his mother, Margaret (Betty) Bruso; his children Tara-Leigh Bruso, Andrew Bruso and Wesley Bruso; his grandson; siblings Mark Bruso, Brian Bruso, Linda Bruso and Leigh Robbins; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Family and friends are invited to join Bill’s family for a celebration of life (please bring pictures and stories to share) on Saturday, Nov. 17, at noon at the Auburn Elks, located at 754 Southbridge Street, Auburn, Mass. 01501. There will also be another celebration of life to be announced shortly to take place in the Portland area.

To share a memory or condolence, please visit: www.coastalcremationservices.com

In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., via the following Crowdrise link, www.crowdrise.com/williambruso. This organization provides bulletproof vests for K9 officers and will embroider his name on each vest paid for by these donations.

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