Leonora Brace obituary: Beloved paramedic, campaigner & journalist
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By John Brace (Editor)
Leonora Brace – Born – 1947
Died – 15th January 2022
First publication date: Sunday 16th January 2022, 16:20 (GMT).
Mrs Leonora Brace who died aged 74 on the Wirral was the youngest of many sisters. She grew up in a very rural part of Canada to a British mother and First Nation father & was always proud of her First Nation culture, language and roots. She was bilingual (her other main language (although not her mother tongue) was Canadian English) with a basic grasp of other languages too.
She had emigrated to the United Kingdom (UK) as a teenager and worked in the UK a variety of different healthcare roles, first as a carer (when she caught tuberculosis), then later she qualified as a paramedic (taking her paramedic exams on audio tape rather than in writing due to her dyslexia) followed by a long career as a paramedic.
An accident at work regrettably ended up putting her in hospital and cut short her career as a paramedic on medical grounds. This was followed by a brief period of homelessness (she had been evicted whilst an inpatient in hospital), but she then moved from North Wales back to Birkenhead (England) with her beloved dogs who she used to love to walk up on Bidston Hill and the surrounding area.
In later years she had a freelance role and through the political journalism with her husband John contributed to greater understanding of local government both on the Wirral, the wider Liverpool City Region area and further afield. She was agent for her husband in a number of different election campaigns. She had an deep appreciation for music and for a number of years was an organist’s assistant (to her husband as organist).
She was popular, polite, well-loved, had a great sense of humour and knew instinctively how to communicate with people.
On the political campaigning front she was involved in many different and varied campaigns ranging from campaigning for improvements to road safety, criminal justice, environmental issues, human rights and many other different and varied areas in politics. She believed passionately in fairness and justice and volunteered her time generously.
Despite at times facing appalling racist violence and prejudice and discrimination on disability grounds, she inspired and encouraged others to make a difference. With her many amazing stories from her own life she kept people enthralled and had a way with words.
She died suddenly in Arrowe Park Hospital a couple of days after an accidental fall at her home in Bidston which fractured her skull and led to life limiting injuries from which she did not recover.
Leonora leaves behind her husband John.
Leonora Brace @LeonoraBrace (my wife pictured below) passed away at 9.40 am this morning at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral. She fell at home a couple of days ago and died in hospital this morning. I miss her terribly as I'm sure will those that knew her. pic.twitter.com/KRgHsisZYo
— John Brace (@level80) January 15, 2022
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