Bruce Dawson Stafford, known to many of his friends as Fox, died at Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, CA on August 31, 2013 after a brief illness. He was born April 27, 1947 in Buffalo, NY to the late Arthur D. Stafford and Ruth Gilson Stafford. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bill. He is survived by a nephew Bart Stafford of Houston, TX; first cousins Bradner R. Gilson (Judy) of Hesston, KS and B. Scott Gilson (Patricia) of Cottonwood, AZ; and second cousin Amy S. Gilson-Walsh (and children) of Mesa, AZ. Bruce was active in the Boy Scouts at Holy Communion Episcopal Church in Memphis, TN. He obtained the rank of Eagle Scout and was a graduate of White Station High School in 1965. He attended Millsaps College and graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Biology. He was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity, where he was elected to the KA Court of Honor, one of the highest awards given to a KA alum. Bruce moved to Los Angeles in 1975 and began a career as a Medical Sales Representative selling Cardiac Pacemakers and Angiographic Catheters. After working for several medical companies, Fox became a part of St. Jude Medical. Their Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators were added to Bruce's very successful pacemaker product line. Bruce worked with St. Jude Medical until his retirement in 1999. Over the years he became an invaluable consultant to physicians, nurses and technicians throughout Los Angeles. Bruce partnered with these professionals in the OR's, ER's, Critical Care Units and Clinics. Sharing the knowledge he had acquired through the years, he helped to maximize the utility of the patient's pacemakers and defibrillators. His tireless efforts greatly improved the quality of life of countless patients. Fox will be cremated and a portion of his ashes will remain in Redondo Beach and the remainder will be returned to Memphis where he will be buried with his parents. Services will be conducted at a later date. He will be missed.

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  1. He was my next door neighbor and baby sat me and my brother and sister for years. I was the oldest so i had no sibling to look up to but I looked up to Bruce like a big brother. He set a great examplefor me. He is missed no doubt.
    Berry Jones

  2. Goodbye, old friend. I can only recall good times when you were around. You were the one who never grew up. Always the life of the party …. and there were many. I will miss you greatly.

  3. Don’t believe that The Bionic Fox is gone. He’s moved on to party and live forever in the afterlife. Enjoy that reward.
    Art Dyess

  4. Rest
    in peace our ancient Cousin. Remembering the trip to Scotland
    I had to add this bit of Celtic Wisdom€May those who love us, love us; and
    those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn’t turn
    their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping. You are and will
    always be missed!

  5. I had the great pleasure to work with Bruce at St. Jude. Bruce was a one-of-a-kind Southern CA earthquake. He lived life to the fullest and on his terms. Rest in peace.

  6. Bruce was one of my best friends at White Station High School in Memphis and we remained friends and stayed in intermittent contact when we all came home from college during vacations. After we all graduated, many of us moved away and lost contact.
    RIP, Bruce.

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