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A good friend died this morning after a long fight with cancer. For those of you who knew him, retired OCSD/OCATT Investigator Bruce Stanley died this morning at 1:35 am. For those of you who didn't know him, you missed out on a very special person who was best described today by another friend as "I'll remember him as a quiet soul."

Bruce was a long-time OCSD auto theft investigator who was one of the founding members of OCATT when it began in 1993.  Bruce was also a long-time WSATI Southern Chapter member, as well as an OCATI member.

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Labb 
Sent: Friday, December 16, 2011 8:04 AM
Subject: The Passing of Bruce Stanley

Sorry to start the day off with bad news.  We've lost another one of "Fritz's Gunslingers."

Spoke to Eric Wiseman this morning and he let me know that Bruce passed away in his sleep this morning at 1:30 am.  He said that Bruce put up a strong fight but had deteriorated quickly after being released from the hospital.

Memorial plans have not been finalized.  Once they are, everyone will be notified.

If you know of people not on the recipient list that were close to Bruce and Elena you may want to let them know.

This is news that is not easy for me to pass on to you...


Bruce Stanley Obituary
Provided by the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs

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Retired OCSD Investigator Bruce Frederick Stanley
Deceased: December 16, 2011

Retired Investigator Bruce Frederick Stanley passed away December 16 after a long battle with brain cancer. His wife Elena and his dog Sam were by his side. He was 63.

Born on May 15, 1948, Bruce spent 30 years with the Orange County Sheriff's Department. He retired in September 2002 as an auto theft investigator.

Bruce was assigned to OCATT for much of the end of his career. Bruce and Elena moved to their dream home in Durango, Colorado after he retired from the Sheriff's Department.

He was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 13, 2008. The family returned to California in October to be closer to family and his medical treatment. Bruce lost his long courageous battle on December 16. He was loved and respected by all his family and friends.

Bruce's memorial service took place on December 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm at the Corpus Cristi Catholic Church, 3760 N. McKinley Street, Corona, CA 92879.  Military Honors and OCSD Service began at 2:30 pm with the church service following at 3:00 pm.

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