On August 12,2022 Bruce Edwin Nawoj ,74 Died in Philadelphia Pennsylvania after a brief illness.
Bruce was born in Goffstown, New Hampshire on January 14,1948 at the Moore General Hospital the second son of Emil and Helen Nawoj.
He grew up in Goffstown while spending summers at the family camp on Webster Lake in Franklin, New Hampshire.
He attended Maple Avenue Elementary School. He graduated from Goffstown Highschool with the class of 1966. He was an altar server at St. Lawrence Parish, a Cub Scout in Pack 99 and became an Eagle Scout in Scout Troop 99. He maintained a Manchester Union Leader paper route on South Mast and East Union Streets, He played Soccer and basketball while in high school, and managed the varsity baseball team. He played the tenor saxophone in the high school band and the Hi-Fi dance band.
He attended Keene State College graduating in 1970. He taught at Merrimack Valley High School. He met his wife Donna Smith of Manchester while at Keene State.
Bruce Joined the U.S. Air Force in 1972. He qualified as a rotary wing pilot He trained at Fort Wolters, Texas and Fort Rucker Alabama. He Flew air rescue missions in Spain, Thailand and in the U.S. He subsequently transitioned to fixed wing aircraft and qualified as a pilot in the B-52 Stratofortress.
As a pilot in the Strategic Air Command he was stationed at. Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi, Loring AFB, Limestone, Maine, and Griffiss AFB Rome, New York. He was a B-52 Command pilot and an instructor pilot. He was appointed professor of Aerospace Science at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He Retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant Colonel.
He settled in Rome, New York and became airport manager of the Griffiss international Airport as well as consulting on airport communications systems and signaling at a number of airports throughout the country. He was an avid. hockey fan following his son Stephen's hockey team at games at home and on the road including a number of international tournaments.
He recently moved to Philadelphia to be closer to his son Stephen and his family; Anna his wife, and grandchildren Riley, Cormac And Vada.
Bruce was predeceased by his wife Donna. He is survived by his children Stephen of Philadelphia and daughter Kristen of Washington, D.C. His Brothers Michael, Brian And Laurence of Goffstown and Franklin, New Hampshire and sisters Helen Reyna of Virginia and Mary Caveney of Northfield, New Hampshire.
A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, October17 at 10:00 A.M.at St. Paul Church, St. Gabriel Parish in Franklin, New Hampshire.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project in Bruce's name. https://support.woundedwarriorsproject.org.