Bruce (JR) Bender, a life-long resident of the Tampa Bay Area, FL passed away on May 5, 2019, at the age of 57, at his home in Clearwater, FL.
Bruce is survived by his brother, Gary Bender, and nephews Nicholas and Matthew Bender. He is predeceased by his father Emil Bender and mother Dorothy Bender.
He was born in Tampa. He attended Clearwater High School and graduated Pinellas Vocational Technical Institute. Bruce was considered to be an excellent auto, truck, and marine mechanic throughout his career. He owned his own mobile auto & marine repair service for 20+ years and also worked as a mechanic at several independent automotive garages.
He enjoyed the beach, boating, fishing, cooking, and loved playing with his dogs. He was a loyal Tampa Bay baseball and football fan and enjoyed going to Rays and Buccaneers games with family and friends. Bruce was a Christian with a big heart who always tried to assist others. He will be deeply missed by everyone that he touched.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2:30 on June 22 at Grace Community Church. The church address is 2255 Nebraska Ave. Palm Harbor, FL 34683. Pastor Brent Bergman will officiate. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Team Moose Rescue, www.teammooserescue.org, a cat and dog rescue organization, may be offered to continue Bruce's support of making sure animals have a home.