Albert J. BrusoApril 3, 2017
Albert Joseph Bruso passed from this earth peacefully after his sixteen year battle with Lymphatic Leukemia. He was surrounded by his loving and caring family. Albert was born on November 2, 1938 in Springfield. He was the son of the late George A. and Helen M. (Paolino) Bruso. Albert graduated from Cathedral High School and Westfield State University with a Degree in Education. In 2000, Albert retired from the Food Service Industry from The Foster House Restaurant in Westfield. Albert is survived by his caring and loving wife of 43 years Regina M. (Derby) Bruso, his three children Jay Bruso and his wife Jessica of Templeton,MA, daughter Patricia Bruso of West Springfield, and youngest son Robert Bruso and his wife Brandy of Ware. He also leaves his brother-in-law Robert Derby and his wife Ann of West Springfield and their children Michael W. Derby and Lynn Larsen. As well as his sister-in-law Marita Derby of West Springfield. He leaves five adored grandchildren Ethan and Alisyn Bruso of Ware and Rachel, Tricia, and Robin Bruso of Templeton. Albert was predeceased by his brother Donald J. and his four cousins John Paolino, Edward Paolino, Jean(Paolino) Michaud, Margaret (Paolino) Shibley. He is survived by his special cousin Anne Marie Paolino and the Paolino and Michaud families. Albert loved his family as much as the many years that he spent on the Cape in Wellfleet, MA. Each year before Thanksgiving he would “harvest the fruits of the sea” known to locals as the Wellfleet Oysters. There were many recipes made from the Wellfleet Oysters such as Oyster Stew, Oysters on the half shell, and Oysters Rockefeller. This became a tradition that was enjoyed by his family and friends through the years. Albert’s family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses, and staff that have helped him through the years of his diagnosis. First, we would like to thank Dr. Paul Hetzel, Dr. Timothy Johnson, Dr. Robin Powers, Iris (medical assistant), his special infusion nurses; Marie, Beverly, Cheryl, and Diane, the staff at the Caritis Cancer Center, The Urology Unit Fifth Floor at Mercy Medical Center, the compassionate and caring staff on Unit A at The Wingate Gardens in West Springfield, specifically Dr. McDougal and Catherine. A special thank you to Western Mass.Hospice for making Albert’s end of life process more comfortable. Friends and relatives are asked to meet for Albert’s Liturgy of Christian Burial, Saturday 9:30, at St. Thomas Church, 47 Pine St, burial will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Friday from 4-7PM at the TOOMEY-O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 1043 Westfield St., W. Spfld. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Albert’s memory to the Sr. Caritis Cancer Center, 271 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104 or to Western Mass Hospice, 1325 Springfield Street, Suite 12, Feeding Hills, MA 01030.