Herm "Jerry" Bruno, at 75 years of age, peacefully left this world on Monday, October 23, 2023, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville, surrounded by his family. Born and nurtured in Manila, Philippines, Jerry made a brave journey to Queens, NY in 1983, bringing his family with him. His life's journey led him to Hillside, where, with his beloved late wife Elinor, he began building his family. The last two decades saw him residing in the comforting embrace of Green Brook.
Jerry's compassionate nature shone bright early in his career when he worked for the UN, aiding Vietnamese refugees in their transition to the United States. His passion for service led him to a fulfilling tenure in the hospitality sector, where he lent his talents to various hotels. Most recently, he was associated with Ramada in the reservations department and also partnered with a distinguished private limousine service.
Further showcasing his passion for entertainment and music, Jerry, alongside his son, established a DJ business that became a community favorite. They were often the sought-after duo for birthdays, weddings, and a plethora of celebratory events, filling rooms with joy and music.
A staunch Catholic, Jerry found spiritual solace at the Christ the King RC Church in Hillside, NJ. Those who knew him will fondly remember his meticulous lawn care, a testament to his diligence and love for nature. Younger days saw him on the open road, exploring the vastness of the USA with his wife, marking several landmarks on their journey. A soul that danced to its rhythm, Jerry not only loved to groove but also had a voice that could charm a room, often leaving listeners in awe during his karaoke sessions. Yet, above all, the warmth of a shared meal with his family was his favorite moment.
The void left by his dear Elinor, who passed just a year ago, remains. Jerry's legacy continues through his sons, Ben and Brian, along with Brian's wife Vanesa; and his cherished grandchildren Valentina, Brandon, Brayden, and Brady. His life also echoes in the memories of his sisters, Marilyn Torres, joined in life by her husband Rolando, and Evangeline Gonzalez, lovingly paired with her husband Lunell.