Lennox Albert Bruce, or “LB”, was born on January 20, 1936, in Georgetown, Guyana. He was the eldest son of eight children born to the late Leonard Augustus Bruce, a building contractor and Beatrice Vaneatha Bruce, née Smith, a seamstress. At a very early age, Lennox embraced his role as eldest son and brother. At the age of 6, he began to take on supporting his beloved mother with household duties, going to the market, helping to care for her during her illnesses and caring for his siblings as they came along.
Lennox’s education began at Campbellville Government Primary School and then British Guiana High School where he graduated at the age of 16 years with a certificate from Cambridge University. Lennox had a photographic memory. He was an avid reader and an inquisitive learner. He was a grammar fanatic and a math whiz who enjoyed solving problems and frowned upon the use of a calculator. Lennox’s thirst for knowledge kept him fully engaged in academics, especially in his daughter Marcy’s undergraduate and law school education. He enjoyed reading the assignments and arguing the cases. There was no subject that he believed that he could not learn.
Lennox was very eager to join the workforce. In 1952, he joined the Ministry of Finance as a civil servant and then went on to the Ministry of Public Works where he served as a sworn land surveyor. Later, he joined the Ministry of Economic Development as a cartographer where he worked on the population census. Lennox was a respected land surveyor who was highly sought after as a consultant. He worked at Guyconstruct as a quantity surveyor before immigrating to the United States in 1986. He then worked for the United Nations in New York and later at the District of Columbia government as a project manager before retiring in 2006.
Lennox was a proud man, who balanced his role as provider for his family with his commitment to live life on his own terms. He lived fully and gave freely. He was a problem solver and genuinely wanted to help others to progress. Lennox was a great mentor and loyal friend to many. He enjoyed going to social events as well as entertaining people at his home. He loved a big spread. It was always important to have a variety of bountiful food and drinks. He was a great cook and a foodie who provided detailed instructions on making his dishes when he was no longer in the kitchen.
The great LB had an exceptionally witty personality with a dry sense of humor that kept us all laughing. He was a great conversationalist who managed to engage with everyone he met. He was a Jeopardy, cricket and golf enthusiast.
On August 17, 1968, Lennox married the love of his life, Meryn Hesba Weever. From that day forward they began their journey of life and love for the next 48 years, until Meryn passed in 2016.
After overcoming many medical challenges beginning with a diagnosis of Xantinuria in his twenties, Lennox passed away on November 9, 2020, at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He is predeceased by his wife, Meryn, his son, Anthony, his sisters Irma and Daphne, his brothers, Claude, Cecil, Bernard and Winston; his niece, Cheryl; his nephew, Michael; his son-in-law, Shawn
He leaves to cherish his memory: his children, Hutton Mandy), Karen (Joseph), Lauren(Rae), Rashleigh, Marcy, Melissa & Chelsea; his grands, Natasha, Rashana, Simone, Ryan, Rheon, Mandisa and Shamar; his great-grands, Sherrian, Jahsiah & Chase; his sisters, Linda, Megan (Pinky); sisters-in-law, Zena & Karen; brother-in-law, Fitzroy; special brothers, Godfrey, Sam, Hugo, Roy; Father Semple (Irene);special sisters, Nola & Ena; a host of nieces and nephews who adored him, including Shevan, Wendella, Sharon & Wendy who cared for him & Dr.Yolanda Hill Spooner and Brian & Trevor Leitch; Mark Benjamin & Brian Brown, Dellon % Romena Bruce, Natasha &Kevin Thomas, Sonia Bentick, Tessa Skinner, Roxanne Alves;Cousins, including Fitzroy, Bobby; dear friends, including Aubrey, Leslie, Mutema, Beverly and many more too numerous to mention.
Lennox will be deeply missed by many and he will be in our hearts forever.
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