On Sunday, February 26, 2023, Bruce Leonard MacCall Sr. CDR, CEC, USN (ret), 86, of Charlottesville, passed away quietly at home.
He was the son of the late Harry F. and Beulah L. MacCall and was born on October 31, 1936, in Orange, New Jersey. In addition to his parents, he lost his brother, Harry F. MacCall, III, and his wife, Ellen, of 48 years.
He is survived by five sons: Bruce L. MacCall Jr. and his wife Terry of Virginia Beach; Donald F. MacCall and his wife Natalie of Virginia Beach; Francis H. MacCall and his wife Anne of Charlottesville; H. Gavin MacCall and his wife Melissa of Northglenn, Colorado; and Ian M. MacCall of Spring, Texas.
He is also survived by four daughters: Amy E. MacCall of Charlottesville, Catherine A. Brannan of Charlottesville, Ellen P
.Bruce earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 1959. He spent 23 years in the U.S. Navy before leaving as a Captain in 1983.
He was happy to have served in the Navy, which allowed him to relocate frequently with his family, including to Taiwan. His experience serving with the Seabees in the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 “The Runnin’ Roos!” was a topic he brought up frequently.
Bruce relocated to Charlottesville with his family in 1985 after leaving the Navy, where he worked at UVA’s Facilities Management until his retirement.
Bruce spent more than 70 years playing the trombone because he enjoyed it. He participated in numerous bands then, such as the Purdue Marching Band, the Cville Band (formerly Charlottesville Municipal Band), the First Wind Band, Second Wind Band, The Flashbacks, and the Orange Community Band.
Many of his children inherited his passion for band music from him, and he devoted a lot of time to helping them in their high school bands. Bruce had been attending St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church for a long time. In addition to being a fan of trains, he liked a nice Canadian or American lager.
He cared for his yard and taught his sons how to mow the grass properly. Bruce’s children learned from him to drive carefully and “always watch out for the other man.” Whether it was computers or his iPhone, he loved technology.
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Bruce also enjoyed assembling several digital clocks, many TVs, and the family’s first computer, a Radio Shack TRS-80.
On Sunday, March 5, 2023, the Teague Funeral Home at 2260 Ivy Road in Charlottesville, Virginia 22902, will be open to guests from 5 to 7 p.m.
A funeral liturgy will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 401 Alderman Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903, at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2023. Holly Memorial Gardens, 3251 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville, Virginia 22911, will be used for burial after.