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Sylbert Orlando Bryce

September 4, 1951 March 17, 2017
Sylbert Orlando Bryce
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OBITUARY

​SYLBERT ORLANDO BRYCE was born to Urcelyn Peddie and Amos Bryce on September 4,1951 in the district of Retirement, in the parish of St. Elizabeth, on the beautiful island of Jamaica, in the West Indies. Bro. Bryce was born and raised a Seventh-day Adventist, and remained steadfast to his faith throughout his life. His favorite passages of Scripture were Psalm1:1, and Psalm 137; and his favorite hymns were “Look for the Waymarks”, “How Great Thou Art”, and “Seeking the Lost”.

He received his elementary and high school education in Retirement, then attended the College of Arts Science and Technology (CAST) in Kingston, Jamaica, where he majored in Business Administration. He was one who believed in working to make a living and so, when the need arose, he also got training in plumbing, in real estate, and as a civil engineer.

His work experience included a sales representative with Seaga Travel Service in Jamaica and a sales representative for Simco Trading in New York. When he lived in Brooklyn, New York, he also worked as a building superintendent.

On the first day of June in 1978, when he was 26 years old, Sylbert married the love of his life, Evelyn Dobbs, in the resort city of Montego Bay in Jamaica. Their union produced two daughters, Alina and Anastasia, and a son Kurt.

The young couple, seeking for opportunities to fulfill their dreams for a good life for the family, migrated to the United States, Evelyn first in 1982, and Sylbert following in 1984. Their first stop was in Chicago, after which they moved to Brooklyn, New York, and then to Queens, New York. However, as many Caribbean nationals usually do after spending their initial US stay in cold climate, the family sought for more tropical climes in Naples, Florida, where they resided for eight years. In 2006, they settled in Hawthorne, Florida, an opportunity that placed them in close proximity to the Southeastern Conference Campground and simultaneously to their house of worship, the Zion Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church.

While living in Naples, Bro. Bryce suffered his first health setback-a brain aneurysm in 2001. He recovered from this and enjoyed seven years of fair health, until he had a stroke in 2008, two years after moving to Hawthorne. His health continued to decline until his demise at 6:27 am on Friday, March 17, 2017, after a very long confinement.

Bro. Bryce loved his family greatly. He was jovial and had an unusual sense of humor. His jokes would often leave his audiences hanging, while he had a good laugh! He was a faithful and loving member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and served in various capacities. He loved people…everyone, he would say, and was always willing to render his assistance when it was needed. His biological and church families will miss him.

Left to mourn this huge loss are Sylbert’s wife of 38 years, Evelyn; his son Kurt; his daughters: Anastasia-fiancé Chris, and Alina-fiancé Oscár; and grandchildren: Joseph, and Bryce. He also leaves behind two sisters: Sandrea, and Lillete, and three brothers: Harris-wife Joy, Richard-fondly called Paul, and Robert; three uncles: Obadiah, Vincent, and Nicholas-fondly called Tim; four aunts: Hilda, Bernice-husband Herman, Andrea-husband Junior, and Lucille; six nephews, and five nieces; many cousins, including George, Valomar, Hyacinth, and Angela; and a host of other family members and friends too numerous to name.

If Bro. Bryce were able to say it himself, he would ask us not to mourn as those who have no hope. He would remind us that death is only a sleep until Jesus comes to Earth the second time to call the sleeping saints from the grave unto life everlasting:

​For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 1 Thess. 4:16

He would admonish us to be ready for a home in the Earth-made-new. He would say “Where you are sitting, I once sat”. Where I am now, you will be too one day; so prepare to meet thy God”.

It won’t be long. Soon and very soon, the King will come to claim His own. If we are faithful, we will be among them, and will see Bro. Sylbert Bryce again.

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Previous Events

Visitation

Sunday

26

Mar

10:00 AM 3/26/2017 10:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 3/26/2017 12:00:00 PM
Zion Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church

100 Chesser Monroe road
Hawthorne, FL 32640

Zion Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church
100 Chesser Monroe road Hawthorne 32640 FL
United States

Service

Sunday

26

Mar

12:00 PM 3/26/2017 12:00:00 PM
Zion Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church

100 Chesser Monroe road
Hawthorne, FL 32640

Zion Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church
100 Chesser Monroe road Hawthorne 32640 FL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Hawthorne Cemetery Final Resting Place

23350 SE Hawthorne road
Hawthorne, FL 32640

23350 SE Hawthorne road Hawthorne 32640 FL
United States
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