Former GRF president Bruce Smith has died
Former GRF Director Dwayne Bruce Smith of Mutual 7 died Oct. 21, 2022. He was born Dec. 15, 1933, and would have been 89 years old today. He served on the Golden Rain Foundation Board from 2009-2012 and was president from 2010-11.
In Leisure World, he was known for fostering what he called “culture change” by encouraging fellow GRF directors to seek ways to streamline GRF procedures and policies. During his tenure, he wrote several hundred memos to directors and staff in an effort to provide the best service to LW residents.
His influence is still felt in LW. He was instrumental in the renaming of North Gate Road, which was once called Beverly Manor Drive. He cut the ribbon on the day it was officially opened.
Smith created the ad hoc committee which oversaw LW’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2012. It included a daylong salute to the community, a special 50th souvenir booklet, a parade and a memorable talent show at the Amphitheater that he emceed, among other festivities.
Smith was born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1933 and moved with his family to Seal Beach in 1941 when he was 8 years old. He attended Seal Beach Elementary School at Twelfth Street and Pacific Coast Highway, which is now home to the