Bruce Dunford, whose exploits as a longtime Related Press reporter prompted then-Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle to declare the day he retired “Bruce Dunford Day,” has died, his household stated.
Dunford died in his sleep March 26 at a care dwelling in Ewa Seaside, his son Terrence stated. He was 79.
Dunford reported for the AP for 37 years, together with greater than 20 years protecting Hawaii politics. A tongue-in-cheek proclamation Lingle issued upon his 2004 retirement stated he could be “ceaselessly often called the Capitol Jester” for his puns, jokes and put-downs.
The proclamation stated he had an “uncanny psychic means” to know when Lingle would arrive for work, so he might method her within the Capitol basement with questions.
Richard Borreca, who lined politics across the similar time for what was then the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, recalled gossiping with Dunford over lunch “with an applicable disrespect for all of the political gamers on the town.” Borreca stated one of many charming issues about Dunford, whose most popular work apparel was a pair of denims and an aloha shirt and who loved driving his Harley-Davidson motorbike, was that he by no means took himself too significantly.
“Bruce was a one among a form — an irreverent, unimpressionable reporter and absolutely the definition of a coronary heart of gold,” Borreca stated. “There wasn’t something he wouldn’t do, particularly if there was a beer concerned.”
Born in Medford, Ore., and raised in Flagstaff, Ariz., Dunford joined the AP in Honolulu in 1967 after studying to be a journalist within the Navy. He met his spouse when he was stationed in Hawaii and he or she was working at an ice cream parlor in Waikiki, Terrence Dunford stated.
Bruce Dunford attended the College of Hawaii for some time after leaving the Navy however began working for the AP when his second son was born and a place opened on the information service.
Terrence Dunford recalled that when he was in highschool, his father labored the night shift, which gave him the morning to hit the waves.
“Typically after we have been at college, at recess or at lunch, we’d see the van heading off to the seashore the place Dad would go bodysurfing or bodyboarding earlier than going off to work,” he stated.
Bruce Dunford cherished protecting politics, his son stated.
“I do know typically he would get in hassle for asking questions. However that’s his job, is to ask the query,” Terrence Dunford stated.
Bruce Dunford is also survived by his spouse of 56 years, Ann; three different sons, Kenneth, David and Robert; 4 grandchildren; and a sister, Pat Dunford.