Bruce Michael Kemsley
Bruce Michael Kemsley was born on Tuesday the 3rd of May 1998 at 2.28 AM. He weighed 3.4kg and was 54cm long.
Bruce was the tenth generation Kemsley who’s decent is directly traceable from Thomas Kemsley (1699), father to son and with a small degree of licence, the 19th generation following John Kemsley who died in 1495.
His paternal grandfather Keith Kemsley wrote in the Family History Book:
“There are no words to express the anguish and utter despair I feel as I record in this Family History the death of my little grandson Bruce Michael Kemsley who at the age of two years, two months and twenty five days died on the 28th of July 1990.
That such a little boy should leave such a profound impression on all who knew him speaks for its self and makes his loss so much more heartbreaking.”
He later recorded:
Over the years the pain and anguish over the loss of my little grandson Bruce Kemsley has diminished little. While words cannot convey the emotions that followed the phone call from my son Martin Kemsley, Bruce’s father, on that Saturday afternoon, the 28th July 1990, the verse from the Second Book of Samuel 18:33 may come close:
And the King was much moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept and as he went thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom; would God I had died for thee. O Absalom, my son, my son,
Bruce’s maternal grandfather, Pierre Brooks, wrote a poem on the night following Bruce’s death which appears on the plaque on the Wall of Remembrance where his ashes are interred.
WHO FROM GOD’S ANGELIC HOST
WAS LENT TO US FOR A FLEETING HOUR
THE JOY THAT WILL BE OURS
IN HIS ETERNAL REALM
Bruce was the last male Kemsley of his line going back through four generations
The first Kemsley Family to arrive in South Africa also tragically lost
a little son James Kemsley son of William Kemsley (1795-1855)
in Port Elizabeth. His Epitaph reads:
In memory of my little boy
Shall ever check thy parents joy
This little grave shall never be free
From mournful thoughts to deal with thee
Until the Almighty call us thither
Where we in joy shall join together
Here sleeps our babe in silent heavenly rest
For God takes soonest whom he loveth best.
REST IN PEACE TOGETHER JAMES AND BRUCE