on July 20, 2014 - 4:47 PM
July 14, 1922 – July 16, 2014
Bainwood Bruce Lake, an Army infantryman in World War II and a lifelong resident of the Buffalo area, died Wednesday after a short illness in Brothers of Mercy Health & Rehabilitation Center, Clarence. He was 92.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Lake served in the Army from 1943 to 1946 as a combat infantryman and fifth-grade technician. Mr. Lake served in the European Theatre in the Battle of the Bulge in France. He was wounded in combat when a tank ran over him and broke one of his legs. Mr. Lake was playing dead when the tank ran over him, family members said.
He and the former Virginia M. Hiemenz raised two sons and two daughters in the Town of Tonawanda. His wife died in 2012.
Mr. Lake earned an associate’s degree in engineering from the University at Buffalo and worked as vice president for engineering at WSF Industries Inc., Town of Tonawanda. He worked there for more than 35 years before retiring in 2007.
Mr. Lake was active in his community, particularly in Boy Scouting – he was a leader for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for 15 years. He was awarded the Order of the Arrow.
He also was an active Mason, a member of the Charles W. Cushman Lodge 879, F&AM, Cheektowaga, for more than 65 years.
An American Baptist, Mr. Lake was a member for more than 50 years of Brighton Community Church, Town of Tonawanda, where he taught Sunday school and was a deacon and adviser. In recent years, he lived in Bristol Village, Clarence Center.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra M. Hudson and Linda L.; two sons, Bruce E. and Charles O.; and six grandchildren.
A celebration of his life was held Saturday in Brighton Community Church.