In Memoriam: Bruce Lyon

Bruce Lyon, a special friend to Town Square Delaware, passed away last week. As a tribute to Bruce and the lasting impact he made on those he came in contact with, we’ve shared his obituary below and send our condolences to his family.

Bruce Alexander Lyon, 49, of Wilmington, died peacefully on Monday at the Mary Campbell Center while surrounded by his loving family. He lived in Lynnfield with his devoted mother until two years ago when he joined the Mary Campbell family. Born in West Orange, N.J. on Oct. 12, 1965, he was the son of Ann Simpson Lyon, and the late George C. Lyon Sr., of Wilmington.

3398083_300x300He moved to Delaware with his family and, at age 3, began attending the Charles W. Bush School for educable special needs students, graduating at age 21. He then attended the Wallace Wallin School. Following his education, Bruce began his career as a productive worker in a number of area restaurants including Arnold’s Stateline Restaurant, the Brandywine Brewery and Pizza by Elizabeth. While at the Brewery, he became known to customers for his end-of-the-week farewell “Elvis” performances, mimicking the late singer. Bruce was an outgoing character who considered everyone he met his friend. He enjoyed Harley Davidson motorcycles, and watching M*A*S*H, professional wrestling, and anything involving his idols, Elvis Presley and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In 1990, Bruce gained national attention when syndicated columnist Ann Landers published a poem penned by his father — “To Bruce: My Special Boy — From His Dad” — the poignant piece, written when Bruce was a boy, described the joys and gifts this Down Syndrome child brought his parents.

Bruce was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He was involved in the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with Intellectual Disabilities (DFRC) Hand-In-Hand Program for many years and served as an All*Star child for the 25th Annual Blue-Gold All*Star Football Game. He was also active in the Special Olympics of Delaware, participating in many events, but he excelled in powerlifting. In 1995, he won two silver medals during the Ninth Special Olympics World Summer Games in New Haven, CT. He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church of Wilmington.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two brothers and their families: George C. Lyon Jr., and his wife, Elizabeth, and children, Alexandra and Michael, all of Wilmington; and Robert S. Lyon, and his wife, Carmen, and daughters, Taylor and Mackenzie, all of St. Simons Island, GA.

Bruce’s family will be forever grateful to the Mary Campbell Center for allowing him to join their wonderful family. The staff’s remarkable level of kindness and compassion, shown residents and their families, will never be forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Bruce’s memory be made to:
The Mary Campbell Center, 4641 Weldin Road, Wilmington, DE 19803

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