Aida M. (Fernandez) Bruns, 93, of Bridgewater passed away on June 6, 2018 at Life Care Center in Raynham. She was the loving wife of the late Bernhard P. Bruns. Aida dedicated over five decades of her life to social work, a profession she loved. Her name brings instant recognition to several generations of social workers and students throughout the greater Brockton area.
Ms. Bruns, an Associate Professor at Bridgewater State University, had an outsized impact on those with whom she shared her passion for helping others. As a teacher, mentor and advocate, Ms. Bruns was tireless in working to make the world a better place. In recognition of her professional achievement, Ms. Bruns was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to serve on the State Board of Registration of Social Workers. She served in this capacity for almost 20 years.
Ms. Bruns’ commitment to multicultural diversity was unwavering. She was a driving force behind Bridgewater State’s participation in the Hall of Black Achievement. She will also be remembered for her founding role in BSU’s annual MLK community breakfast. Throughout the years, this event has brought people from all walks of life together for a day of community action.
After retiring from Bridgewater State, Professor Emerita Bruns stayed active. She volunteered at the Council on Aging, served as a Board Director for United Church of Christ’s Regional Conference, and was actively involved with her local church.
Aida was a bright and shining light and will be sadly missed by family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary E. Johndrew of Riverside, RI; her son William Johndrew of Abington; her daughter in law, Rosemary Greene of East Bridgewater and her grandson, Kevin Johndrew of Bridgewater. She was predeceased by her sister, Sylvia Mandel of St. Petersburg, FL.
Visitation will be held at Christ Congregational Church, 1350 Pleasant St., Brockton on Monday, June 11, 2018 from 10:00-11:30 AM with a service at 11:30 AM and a brief reception after the service. Burial will follow at Central Cemetery in East Bridgewater.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Aida’s memory to the Bridgewater State University Family Fund, 508.531.2100.