FROM STAFF REPORTS
Former Eatonville Mayor Bruce Mount died on Jan. 29. He was 56.
A funeral service celebrating his life was held on Feb. 3 at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville.
Mount served as mayor of Eatonville from 2009 to 2015. He was a member of the National League of Cities, the Florida League of Cities, the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, the Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials and the World Conference of Black Mayors.
Current Mayor Eddie Cole touted Mount’s accomplishments in a statement posted on the town’s website.
“Among many things, he was instrumental in securing the Hungerford High School property, he shepherded the development of the Family Dollar Store; successfully acquired federal funding of $4 million dollars for the Catalina Park underground sanitary sewer upgrades, road resurfacing, and lift station,” Cole stated.
“As you travel along Kennedy Boulevard, you will notice the Eatonville Gateway; former Mayor Bruce Mount championed to secure Federal Funds for the construction of this beautiful iconic landmark for the Historic Town of Eatonville. This marker can easily be seen as you travel along the corridor of I-4.’’
‘Dedicated local leader’
He also was a longtime sound engineer at WFTV Channel 9 in Orlando. The Bethune-Cookman University graduate was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
National League of Cities CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony called Mount a friend and dedicated local leader in his community and beyond.
“As a member of both the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials and the Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, he championed the African American community locally, nationally and at the state level.’’
“A friend of mine who cared deeply about his community and constituents, Mayor Mount and his family are in our thoughts and prayers. His service to his community will not be forgotten and we will miss him greatly,” Anthony added.