Bruce Burnham Death – Dead | Obituary – Passed Away
Bruce Burnham Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Bruce Burnham.
Our friend Bruce Burnham passed on.
Many people knew Bruce as Mr. Burnham – a long time teacher and educator who was known as the “Mayor of Armwood” for his many years of service and involvement. Generations of young people knew Mr. Burnham and were influenced by his good example. Many now mourn him.
I never knew Bruce as a teacher. I knew him because he was a Vietnam veteran and active with the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 787.
If you were ever down on what you see in the news, spending time with Bruce was a refreshing experience. God, country and duty – he loved all of them. He was very proud of his service in Vietnam and never stopped being a teacher when it came to Vietnam and what he went through. He would go to schools to talk to young people about Vietnam. Kids who were born 25, 30 years after the fall of Saigon learned first hand what it was like for a 18 or 19 year old kid to get a rifle put in his hand and to go to Vietnam, and then to come home as a 19 or 20 year old to a changed country that didn’t want much to do with you or to even talk about what you went through. By the 1980’s, when our country moved on from disco to Morning in America, people like Bruce were only maybe 30, 31, 32 years old. Think about that: They had their whole lives ahead of them, but seemed to have had experiences that no 18 or 19 year old should have gone through, and those experiences never left. And many people still weren’t much interested in hearing them out.
Some of those Vietnam veterans became strong in broken places. Some went on to build wonderful lives and have families. Some never recovered. Bruce took his hits and built a family: He was married before Vietnam and had the woman who would be his wife for than 50 years, Pamela, waiting for him when he returned home from Vietnam. If you saw Bruce and Pamela together after 50 years, you’d know they loved one another. He would have children, go to college and become a teacher. And he would be there to teach young people about what he went through in life to teach them about U.S. History. He was never angry at his country over what he went through – he loved the hell out of his country.
Bruce was just a good man. He always had a smile for me. He would follow my politics – sometimes he approved, sometimes he didn’t. Sometimes he thought I was on to something, other times he’d probably think I was going down some well intended rabbit hole I tend to follow. But he was always a gentleman’s gentleman and he saw the best in people. I know Bruce knew what I thought about him – people who are that good, decent, unique and special should know it.
He wore a lot of hats and they’re all honorable hats – Vietnam veteran, public school teacher, dedicated Christian, father, husband, grandfather. He lived a full life.
On behalf of the Executive Board of the Armwood Alumni Association it is with great sorrow that we inform everyone of the passing of Mr. Bruce Burnham. There’s no combination of words that can be put together that will truly express the impact felt by each of us. Mr. B you will be loved and missed by all. May you rest in peace!
Please keep the friends and family of our beloved Hawk…The voice of Seffner…The Mayor of Armwood in your prayers!
Armwood Alumni Association, Inc.
I am gutted by the news from his wife Pam, that Mr. Bruce Burnham, the voice of Armwood Football, has died after his courageous battle against cancer. Mr. B was a true champion of youth athletics, a beloved father, grandfather and teacher, and a friend to everyone he met. Mr. Burnham was a Vietnam vet, incredibly proud of his service, and even after his retirement from teaching went on speaking to area students about his experience. But he was also THE BEST PA announcer in the 813. He was a great friend. You sir, will always be famous in Seffner!
My friend, the legendary Mr. Bruce Burnham passed away last night. I am heartbroken. He represents the best of what we all strive to be. I am honored to have known him and shared my time in my teaching career working with him. He changed the lives of so many young people by committing his life to educating our youth…all after serving this country in Vietnam. Bruce is a hero, and this loss cannot be stated in words.
Rest in peace Bruce Burnham. This world will not be the same without you here with us my friend.
Our precious nephew, Bruce Burnham has passed from this life into the next. You were such an inspiration to everyone who met you and was loved by so many. We are comforted knowing you are in the presence of our savior and that all is well. We love you and we will miss you always
Bruhhhhhhh!!!!! This wasn’t the news I was expecting. Mr. Bruce Burnham is gone!!!! I will never forget the times he asked me to sing the National Anthem in the football booth or the times I had to his class and listen to him talk about the Vietnam war. Who you know makes an ENTIRE curriculum about a life experience??? THIS GUY DID JUST THAT!!!! Rest In Peace Mr. B. You made Armwood what it was. ￼
I just learned that yesterday this world lost a real fighter to the terrible disease that is cancer. Bruce Burnham was an excellent teacher who impacted so many students for so many years. For countless students who didn’t connect with school, they connected with Bruce. He changed lives. A teacher, a veteran, an amateur sports announcer, and a fighter for causes and people. He and I didn’t always agree and yet we celebrated those disagreements regularly. Bruce loved a good argument (to say the least), and he loved arguing with his friends. We both believed that if we agreed on everything there would be no need for there to be two of us.
Cancer is a terrible disease. Just imagine the amazing people we might still have in this world if we dedicated the resources we spend on fighting between ourselves on curing this terrible disease. Bruce would be one of those people.
So incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Bruce Burnham. He served our country and community with his whole heart. He made an unbelievable impact on so many and I could not be more proud to have known him as a student, colleague, and friend. Such an incredible human!
Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.
This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.
We are still working on getting more details about the death, as a family statement on the death is yet to be released.