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Warren Bruno of Atkins Park Dies After Battle With Cancer

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Atlanta lost a beloved community man Wednesday morning.

owner Warren Bruno, 64, died after an eight-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Bruno founded what is now known as Virginia-Highland Summerfest in 1983, the same year he purchased Atkins Park Tavern on N. Highland Avenue. He later helped opened .

Overall, Bruno was involved in more than a dozen eating and drinking establishments in Atlanta, but his commitment to people and neighborhoods is what people will long remember him for.

“He will be missed, he will be loved and he fought the good fight,” said David Laws, who first began working for Bruno some thirty years ago at the former Buckhead estblishment, Aunt Charlie’s. “He helped launch the careers of a lot of people in the business. He improved a lot of lives.”

Much like he did for others, Bruno helped Laws own his first business as one of the proprietors of former Buckhead restaurant and bar, Mike N’ Angelo’s.

“His care for his own family was paramount, but in Warren’s way, he made everyone feel like family,’’ Laws said.

With an infectious grin, Bruno was a champion of the Virginia-Highland community. He ran for Atlanta city council, served on the various license boards and was a founding member of the Virginia Highlands Business Association. To say he was civic minded would be a gross understatement.

Simply put, Bruno was a pillar of the neighborhood known for his many years of public service.

Information about services is not yet available. Stick with Patch for information when it becomes available.

What’s your favorite memory of Warren Bruno? Share it in the comments.

Hunt Archbold May 21, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Warren Bruno’s memorial Mass is 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, located at 48 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training, Georgia Chapter, 3715 Northside Pkwy, Building 400, Northcreek, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30321 or to Team Bruno, Pan-Massachusetts Bicycle Challenge at http://www.pmc.org/profile/TB0218.
Jeri Hall May 22, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Met Warren through the Pietersen's and Aurora bike group and had the good fortune of getting to ride with him on 2 separate Beautiful Backroad races in Cartersville. His generosity was contagious, from the drinks after the Thursday rides or the donations to MES and Inman to the Friday night dinners to kick off Summerfest. He was a kind, funny man who will be dearly missed by any/all who knew him.
Nan Hunter May 23, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Warren was the friendliest guy-knew him from Aunt Charley's. He started Summerfest and had a hot air balloon tethered in what is now John Howell Park which was so much fun! What a loss.
Jim Piedmont June 20, 2012 at 08:23 PM
read a lot of great things about Warren' I can tell all he always an ice breaker when it came to people" I first met War in right around 1954: yes" we lived across the street from each other in Syracuse NY. knew the family well" we met at the Nedrow drive in" us kids back then would run up front to a play area during the intermission: in my face asking questions talking wanting to know my name, where I lived & so on; a little while after that we became best friends till 1963 when the family left Syracuse: I was sorry to see them go" I never stopped missing Warren & all: None ever like him nor his family sense: We only just exchanged a few words some months back saying hi" Claire told me of his illness: We did all kinds of things together as boys: He was the most out going person I ever knew: He had one of the coolest big brothers going back then: what a time it was to be a kid: at times they treated me more like one there own" I lost my mom in 55' they really filled some of that gap in my life" Good People all of them: There is so much to say" God Bless him & his own: Jim Piedmont:
george blackledge April 05, 2013 at 03:20 PM
George Blackledge 5 apr 2013 Great guy ---friend from serving as fellow security guard on missile site in Korea in 1972/73---He was always talking about Atlanta---Had a cap made that said "Atlanta Rocks"

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