John F. Bruno, of West Chester, passed away peacefully at the age of 77 on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Pocopson Home with his wife and daughter by his side.
John was born and raised in West Chester, attended Saint Agnes School through high school, and went on to become a barber. John had his own shop on the 100 block of High Street, and shortly after marrying his wife Linda, they opened a full-service salon called Hairlines at 308 South High Street. He said he never worked a day in his life, because he loved his occupation so much. John had a loyal clientele of locals and WCU students who would pack his waiting room any given day of the week. He was also the barber of choice for the Philadelphia Eaglesfootball team and coaches when they practiced at WCU in the summers. John and Linda eventually closed Hairlines and moved their salon to the Banbury Shoppes, and finally to their home in recent years.
Barbering was not the only form of art John loved. He was a piano player, a photographer, and an artist. He was an amazing cook and made many delicious meals over the years for family and friends. He loved jazz music, wine, action movies, and could often be found doing some kind of project around the house. John also had a love for and natural ease with animals. His daughter would call him St. Francis of Assisi since animals seemed to gravitate to him. Anyone who knew John for even a short while knew he had a great sense of humor, and he made friends wherever he went. John’s favorite place to visit for downtime was Cape May, NJ.
John is survived by his wife Linda (nee Johnson), daughter Valerie Bruno, fur-children Annie and Evie, sister Donna Cann (Harry), nephews Louie Bruno IV (Heather), Michael Bruno (Christy) and Michael Cassidy Jr., nieces Vicki Meehan (Daniel) and Deborah Hoerr (Bruce), many great nieces and nephews, and fur-grandchildren Olive and Buster. He is preceded in death by his mother Catherine (DiFerdinando) and brother Louie Bruno III.
While there will be no services at John’s request, those who wish to honor his memory are encouraged to make a donation to his favorite charity, St. Jude’s Hospital for Children. The family would also like to thank the staff of Pocopson Home for the gentle and loving care they gave to John during his time there.
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss