Brown-Wynne Funeral Home & Crematory

300 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC


Bruce Gill Leonard

March 29, 1940October 28, 2019

Bruce Gill Leonard was born on March 29, 1940, in Catawba, NC, to C. T. and Genevieve Leonard. He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers, James, Joe and Phillip. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janie Sigmon Leonard, and their children, Alaric Leonard, Lisa Carlay and Andrew (Angie) Leonard. He is also survived by his 4 grandchildren, Casey, Nicholas, Reid, and Evan.

After graduating from Duke University in 1961 with a BS degree in Civil Engineering, Bruce was employed by Harland Bartholomew & Assoc, in Memphis, TN. Then he was transferred to Raleigh where he continued until he was hired by Kimley-Horn & Assoc, where he remained until his retirement is 2005. During his 45-year career, he was responsible for the preparation of construction plans for Interstate and State highways, city streets, traffic operation analyses, and parking analyses in many states.

As a creative and responsive designer, he often worked long hours to meet or exceed professional standards, deadlines and client expectations. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in several states including NC, SC, TN, and VA. He also served as an elected officer in several state and /or regional professional organizations, including the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Bruce was a loyal Duke fan and supporter and enjoyed reading, bird watching, studying genealogy, working puzzles, and photography. He was a member of Hayes Barton United Methodist Church for 54 years where he was member of the original Bob King Fellowship Class, Methodist Men, and A Few Good Men.

A memorial service will be held in Catawba County, NC at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association (225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601) or Transitions Lifecare (250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607).

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne, 300 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh.


  • Transitions LifeCare
  • Alzheimer’s Association


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Nicholas Carlay

November 4, 2019

As your grandson I’m proud to say that you could’ve inspired me to want a mind as brilliant and as beautiful as yours even if I had never met you at all. Behind every trip to Cameron indoor or Smithsonian exhibit on temples and tombs there was something more important than the obvious history lesson, blossoming in my young subconscious thoughts. I would’ve never understood what degree of influence one good man could have on a child. Thank you for planting those seeds. I will always treasure you and use you as a tool to one day create a family as blessed as the one you have created, just by being you.

J.W Eades

November 4, 2019

Janie, Larry, Lisa, Andy
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. As I reflect on the times playing Cowboys and Indians with Bruce in the woods and fields of Catawba. I hope and trust that you can find similar good times times to reflect on. I was and remain very fond of Bruce.

Kris Pascoe

November 3, 2019

Oops -I hit send button before done typing. 😌.
While I’ve never met Bruce Leonard, I do know a special legacy he leaves in the life of his daughter, Lisa Carlay. Her gentle kindness and giving spirit most definitely must flow directly from her parents. Sending condolences to family and friends as well as reminding all of the joy and peace Bruce is receiving in heaven. ✝️

Ernest Taylor

November 1, 2019

Janie and Family:
Please accept our sincere condolences on your great loss. I have many great memories of Bruce; as a fellow student at Duke, as a traveler in Europe, as a member of “the Duke Group”, as a fellow Methodist and as a true blue Duke Fan!! We have missed seeing you and Bruce the past few years as you dealt with his Alzheimer’s.
With Love, Ernie and Gloria