Life long resident and pioneer Bruce Tuley was born in Paso Robles April 24, 1927, to Ray and Fay Tuley, and passed away peacefully, following a stroke, on May 18, 2018, after celebrating his 91st birthday. He was surrounded by his wife Margie and his loving family.
Bruce was a fourth generation Californian and was Pioneer Day Marshal in 2012, following in the footsteps of his Grandfather Jacob Tuley, Marshal in 1940, and Grandmother Jessie Tuley, Queen in 1950. Bruce grew up on the Estrella plains near Von Dollen Road, and rode his bike to the Pleasant Valley School. A reluctant star, he once sang Red River Valley on stage, but was so shy, he stood behind the curtain as he sang. He attended Paso Robles High School excelling in all sports, and in his senior year in 1945, he met the love of his life, Margie Lee Brown. After graduation, Bruce was drafted into the Army and would hitchhike home on weekends to see Margie. Fortunately, anyone traveling in uniform was guaranteed a ride.
Bruce and Margie married in 1949 and raised their family of four little girls in the prolific neighborhood of Sherwood Acres. Bruce worked for Pacific Bell and retired after 38 years. A dedicated father, he and Margie attended school programs with his daughters at the old Winifred Pifer School, and shared his passion for fishing, hunting, camping, and traveling. He also spent many hours with his grandparents, parents, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, enjoying the outdoors; always a father and friend to those in need.
After retirement, Bruce continued to collect insulators and never passed a garage sale without stopping. Bruce was a dedicated volunteer fireman in Sherwood Acres and downtown for 38 years, and he played golf with his buddies at the Paso golf course. He and Margie were members the Historical Society and volunteered at the Carnegie Library, where Bruce loved to cook Tri-Tip and hotdogs with his cousin Patsy Tuley Rambo, Neal Rambo, and June and John Bertoni, to name a few close friends.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 69 years, Margie, who still resides at Ada’s Lodges at 5255 Monterey Road, Paso Robles; his daughters, Gail Tuley Wolff, Christie Tuley Withers, and Joanna Tuley Mahan (Nick); grandchildren Aaron Bruce Wolff (Liz), Corinne Wolff Friedling (Joe), Nicky Mahan (Amanda), Jacob Mahan (Jacqui), Jessie Withers, Emily Withers Walcott (Ash), and Maggie Withers; and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Kim in 1991.
Our family would like to thank Kathy and Gary Tucker and their staff at Annette’s and Ada’s Lodges, for their loving care of our dad during his stay, and Central Coast Hospice. Dad lived the life he loved, and we are sure he is sitting by a river now, frying a trout over a campfire, remembering all his travels with his family. We love you Dad!
At his request there will be no service.