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Bruce J. Parness, age 73, of Clermont, passed away on Friday, May 15, 2015, at Cornerstone Hospice of Lake and Sumter in Tavares. Mr. Parness was born on Jan. 31, 1942, in Providence, Rhode Island, to the late Frank and Claire Parness. He attended local area schools and graduated college with a master’s degree in engineering. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.

On May 24, 1964, in Fall River, Mass., he married the former Lois Gitlin, his wife of nearly 51 years, who survives him. In addition to his wife, Mr. Parness is survived by his son, Andrew of Clermont; his daughter, Stephanie (Robert) Hitchings of Bridgewater, Mass.; and two grandchildren, Brandon and Evan. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Scharfman of Phoenix, Ariz. Additionally, he is survived by what he proudly referred to as his “grand-puppy, Maddie.”

A graveside service, with Air Force military honors, was held at Temple Israel Cemetery, with Rabbi Arnold Siegel officiating.

In memory of Bruce J. Parness, the family requests contributions to Alzheimer’s Association, 378 Center Pointe Circle. Ste 1280, Altamonte Springs 32701 or Hospice of Lake and Sumter, 471 County Road 561, Tavares 32778.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810.


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