|Birth Day:||May 27, 1930|
|Death Date:||Jan 4, 2018 (age 87)|
|Birth Place:||Springfield, United States|
As per our current Database, Bruce Halle died on Jan 4, 2018 (age 87).
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He opened a tire shop in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1960.
Bruce Halle was born on May 27, 1930, in Springfield, Massachusetts as the second of seven children to devout Catholic parents, Frederick Joseph "Fred" Halle Sr. and his wife, Marry Elizabeth "Molly" McKelvey; both married in 1927. His French-Canadian grandfather, Alfred Antoine Halle, had come to Berlin, Massachusetts from Quebec in the mid-1880s with his wife and two sons. As a young boy, during the Great Depression, he supported his family by delivering newspapers, cutting grass and digging graves. Bruce's parents returned home with their two sons to Berlin, where they would lived with Molly’s parents at a home few blocks from St. Kieran's Catholic Church. His father became a firefighter at the Berlin Fire Department and later made deputy chief. In 1942, his family moved to Detroit, where Fred worked as a security guard at the Ford Motor Company’s Rouge River plant in Michigan. In 1950, Bruce went to enlist in the US Marine Corps and served a tour of duty in the Korean War. He later settled in Michigan and graduated with a BBA from Eastern Michigan University in 1956.
In 1960, he borrowed $400 and opened a tire store in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 1964, he opened his second store and by 1970, he had seven stores in Michigan and expanded to Arizona that same year. It later became known as Discount Tire, and grew to over 1000 stores in 28 states by 2018.
Halle married his childhood sweetheart, Geraldine "Gerry" Konfara Halle, in the late 1940s, and she died in 1989 from cancer. According to his biographer, Gerry's death was a "huge, huge blow" to him. Bruce Halle's children were all born with his first wife Gerry. They had 3 children, Bruce Jr., Susan, and Lisa Pedersen.
Halle married his second wife, Diane Meyers Halle (née Cummings), ten years later in 1999. Diane was a widow of another Arizona millionaire. They lived in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
As of 2014, he was the 248th richest person in the world, 87th richest in the US, and richest in Arizona, with an estimated wealth of US$6 billion.
In 2016 at the direction of Halle, Discount Tire stores in Maricopa County posted "Re-Elect Sheriff Joe Arpaio" signs in their windows.
In 2016, he donated $1 million to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy in an effort to stop cannabis legalization in Arizona.
Halle died on January 4, 2018, at the age of 87. He was survived by three children, his wife, a brother, and two sisters.
Currently, Bruce Halle is 93 years, 0 months and 9 days old. Bruce Halle will celebrate 94th birthday on a Monday 27th of May 2024.
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