Pil­lar of Bay com­mu­nity will be sorely missed

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS -

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.

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