Chicago Sun-Times (Sunday)
Forever Lee Bruce
Today is A Special Day because it’s My Dad’s Birthday. The Celebration Of A Great Man, Father, Teacher And Role-Model who got to fulfill his destiny and purpose here on Earth. Today I celebrate and honor the greatest gift God could’ve ever blessed me with and That’s Forever Lee Bruce. On this very day 67 years ago a star was born. In his early 20’s he decided to go to a Job Corp Training Center where he learned a trade Interior/Exterior Decorating. He later started his own business in 1975 with the help of his sister Kim Bruce who helped him develop a lot of new customers. He then began having a passion for painting and adding his creativity to every project he completed. There are so many adjectives that can be used to describe Lee Bruce… Genuine, Respectful, Humble, Dedicated, Reliable and most importantly Hard Working, etc. With his charming outgoing personality, great spirit and excellent service he won the hearts of so many clients, local and nationwide. He had close business associates such as East Lake Management, a company he had an account with for over 30 years. With the reputation of excellent service his company got to travel around the world where he landed an account with Red-Roof Inn painting hotels nationwide. He later landed an account with Jan Wix with Vienna Beef and the list goes on and on. Lee is responsible for so many others that came up under his umbrella to adventure off to their very own successful businesses. There’s no surprise that his son would follow in his same footsteps. In honor of his Dad his son Lee A. Bruce IV started a non for profit organization, where he could teach young men & women how to paint and start their own businesses, called Lee Bruce Social Skills/Paint to Succeed Program. After 40 years of being in business he still strives for the best. One of his favorite quotes was “Just Paint It” and The Best for Less”. In loving memory of my Dad I just want to celebrate the Life, Love and Legacy of the Hardest Working Man I knew, My Dad Lee Andrew Bruce III - Paint in Paradise.