TAHLEQUAH, Ok --
Edward Doyle (Seq.
Soph in 1968) , 57, of Tahlequah died
Monday, October 5, 2009, after a long battle with emphysema. Graveside
services were Oct. 10th in Ross Cemetery, Tahlequah.
Bruce leaves behind his brother
(Seq. Cls '69)
, and Sisters: Marjorie
and Julie Doyle
(Seq. Fresh '64)
- who all attended Sequoyah in the 1960''s. Tommy now works for an oil company
from Yukon, Oklahoma, Marjorie is an attorney in Choctaw, Oklahoma, and
Julie is now a retired MSW Social Worker residing in Oklahoma City.
To those who knew Bruce, I
am sure you will remember him as a very bright, but somewhat eccentric,
guy. He once engineered the draining of one of the schools golf ponds
to easily gather ALL the balls - rather than tromp around and feel the
bottom, like the rest of us. While at Sequoyah, he won a scholarship to
Dartmouth. Bruce played the trumpet for Mr. Daniel, and wrestled
one year. Bruce was known as very generous soul and a free spirit.
He learned to smoke and share cigarettes on the smoking porch.. - A love
affair with nicotine that eventually took his life.
In 1975, Bruce wrote his own
obituary, in the form of a poem. For those who knew and loved Bruce
the Spruce, here it is.
Fierce destroyer, breaker of tempered steel,
How is you hide in the small body of fear?
Sorry Tommy, I guess that's the way it goes,
I'll just get to know summer before it snows.
Hey you up there with the grey beard,
Have you a minute for me, a cynic, to spare?
White sails floating across an empty sky,
the wind wails, "such a loss for Bruce to die."