Update - January 24, 2013
Posted by Patti DiSanto on 1/26/2013
Dear friends, it is with the heaviest of hearts that I share with you the news of the passing of my dear brother Bruce.
Bruce fought the most courageous battle against cholangiocarcinoma over the past 3.5 years, after being originally told that he would only have 4-6 months. He was a beacon for many fighting this terrible disease. Bruce's cancer was diagnosed after a routine physical in 2009. He did not shy away from the battle and used the setback to help raise a half-million dollars for the Raizman-Haney Endowed Fund to finance liver cancer research. This fund will be used to teach and train surgeons to work with bile duct cancer.
Bruce went peacefully January 17th, 2013, not in pain and at home. Bruce was a brilliant meteor blazing across the sky - flashing with beautiful and amazing light, but gone too soon. Our hearts are heavy with grief...but filled also with gratitude that he is home and safe.
Beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend, died peacefully on Thursday, January 17th, 2013, at age 56, after a valiant and courageous battle against cholangiocarcinoma. Bruce will be remembered as a generous and caring friend, sage advisor, and courageous soul. Bruce is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 32 years, Andrea; devoted daughters Sara and Mackenzie; loving parents, Jane and Ed Haney; brother Brian Haney (Charlie Buscemi); sisters Janet Haney and Patti (Dale) DiSanto; Mother-In-Law, Bettie Gillot; Sister-in-Laws: Bonnie (Paul) Killian, Tina (Frank) Gill, Donna Gillot, Beverly Gillot, Maria (Scott) Werner; Brother-in-Laws: Dominic (Angela) Gillot, Tom Gillot, Jim (Melanie) Gillot; 24 nieces and nephews; Cousins and many dear friends.
For the past 10 years, Bruce served as Managing Partner for ECHO Realty's development function. Prior to working for ECHO, Bruce served as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of iGate Capital Corporation, Chief Financial Officer of FORE Systems, and President and Co-Founder of the Gustine Company, a commercial real estate development firm based in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to founding the Gustine Company, Bruce worked for Arthur Andersen, LLP. Bruce earned his master's degree in taxation from DePaul University, a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and was a Certified Public Accountant.
Bruce believed in giving back and cared deeply for his wide circle of friends, family, and community. He gave extensively of his time, talent and resources to help others. The Bruce E. Haney Charitable Fund was developed through Bruce's generosity and concern for others and was formed to contribute to the Raizman-Haney Endowed Fund. Thinking ahead, and thinking of others, Bruce led this effort to raise money to support research and awareness for cholangiocarcinoma and to help pave the way towards a cure.
Bruce was blessed to have had the wonderful caring hands and compassion of Dr. Wallis Marsh who became Bruce's friend and advocate. Through Dr. Marsh's skillful hands, Bruce gained three additional years of life. Our family is deeply grateful for all that Dr. Marsh has done for Bruce, along with the compassionate care of his oncologist, Dr. Stanley Marks, and proactive diagnosis and friendship of his dear friend, Dr. Jim Gleason.
Bruce was an avid golfer, athlete and sports fan. One of Bruce's passions was watching his daughters play field hockey at the Ellis School and Rhodes College. Bruce was a WPIAL championship golfer in high school and Orchid Island Country Club (Vero Beach) golf champion for three years. As passionate as Bruce was about competition and sports, he was doubly passionate about his relationships. He will be missed by the many who love him deeply.
Visitation will be at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227, Saturday from 6 - 8PM and Sunday 1 - 4PM and 6 - 8PM. Funeral service will be on Monday morning at 11:30AM at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Hampton Township. Interment will be in St. Mary of the Assumption Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made t The Bruce Haney Charitable Fund (C/0 ECHO REAL ESTATE SERVICES COMPANY, 701 ALPHA DRIVE, PITTSBURGH PA 15238, Attn: Natalie Colla)