Pillar of Bay community will be sorely missed
CHEERFUL, earnest and always keen to help others.
These were the words used to describe Reverend Bruce Edwards, who passed away earlier this week after a long battle with cancer.
He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, fellow Rotarians and the Richards Bay community as a whole.
Originally from Gauteng, Bruce was the youngest of three children to Bryan and Yvonne Edwards.
After school he spent a year in Illinois, USA, as an American Field Scholar exchange student.
He then went on to study engineering at the University of Cape Town and computer programming through Unisa.
He began his working career as a computer programmer at Iscor in Vanderbijlpark.
Bruce, with his wife Anita and their four children, spent 25 years in Vanderbijlpark, during which time he became involved in community work and with the Methodist Church.
In the mid-90s he started studying theology part-time.
It was then that Bruce’s time in Rotary began, and in 1999 he served as Club President of Rotary Klerksdorp.
In 2007, Bruce joined the Methodist Church as a candidate minister, which saw him and his family living in KwaMashu for a year, where he ministered.
He then went to the Methodist Seminary in Pietermaritzburg for two years where he completed his Honours in Theology, while training for full-time ministry.
In 2010 the family arrived in Richards Bay, and in 2013 he was ordained as a Methodist minister, serving eight congregations in the region, as far as Ntambanana and Berea.
Bruce joined the Richards Bay Rotary Club in 2011 and immediately immersed himself in community work.
He was instrumental in organising the annual Rotary Team Talk competition in KZN and he also assisted with the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Training programme.
In June last year the Richards Bay Rotary Club bestowed upon Bruce the highest Rotary honour, by inducting him as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Bruce’s peers have always known him to be a wise counsellor to all who needed advice, a generous benefactor who was keen to assist and help others in any way possible.
He leaves behind his wife Anita, children Bryan, Geoffrey, Matthew, Megan and grandson Ethan.