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Mr. Bruce A. Birnie 83, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Danvers, husband of the late Patricia A. Birnie and Dorothy I. (Reddy) Birnie, passed away Sunday, July 16, surrounded by his family at Tidewell Hospice House in Sarasota, Fla.
Born in Boston, Bruce was the son of the late Virginia (Farmer) (Birnie) Kisiel and William D Birnie Jr. Bruce was raised and educated in Maine and Massachusetts and was a graduate of Holten High School, Class of 1951. He then went onto Northeastern University to obtain his engineering degree, graduating with the class of 1956.
Bruce worked as a Principal Engineer in the Electro-Optics division at EG&G in Salem, Mass., until he retired in 1996 after 34 years of service. He was one of the original CBS Electronics employees that came to EG&G Salem in 1961. He also worked at Osram in Danvers.
Bruce was a dedicated member of Maple Street Congregational Church for many years and helped with the sound equipment for services as well as recordings for the local broadcasts. Bruce was also a member of the Danvers Historical Society and DeMolay and loved to play bridge.
Bruce “K1LVV” was an avid HAM radio operator for many years and enjoyed the comradery associated with the HAM radio groups and Field Days.
If you knew Bruce, he always had purpose. He was a man of great intellect and of few words.
He was very proud of his family and granddaughters, Emily and Meghan. He loved being able to spend the last years living in Sarasota with them. He can now be reunited with those he has loved and lost.
Who knows, he may even figure out a way to signal from Heaven... If anyone could, it would be Bruce.
Bruce is survived by his daughter, Joyce (Birnie) Govaars and her husband, Christin of Sarasota, Fla.; his granddaughters, Emily and Meghan Govaars of Sarasota, Fla.; his brother, Donal Birnie and his wife, Cherrie of Danvers, Mass.; and his sister, Glenda and her husband, Bob Supino of The Villages, Fla.; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local Hospice House.
Services will be held at Maple Street Congregational Church, July 29 at 11 a.m. Family and friends are welcome. Burial will be private.
Published on  July 27, 2017
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