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LeGrand W. (III) Perce
December 9, 1926 ~ September 5, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
LeGrand W. “Gwynn” Perce III 96, of Bedford, died Tuesday, September 5, 2023. He was born on December 9, 1926 in Baltimore, MD a son of the late LeGrand W. and Kathleen (Tate) Perce. On June 12, 1992 in Reno, NV he married Joan M. Bisko Link who preceded him in death on September 3, 2022. They had no children of their own.
Mr. Perce was an attorney-at-law, a graduate of The George Washington University in 1950 and The George Washington University Law School in 1953, where he received his A.B. and Juris Doctor Degrees. He had his private practice of law in Bedford from 1956 until July 1, 2019. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Perce was the second Director of the Bedford County Emergency Management Agency, serving in that capacity from October 11, 1961, until his retirement on December 31, 1992. During his service to Bedford County, he established the Bedford County Communications Department in January 1977.
Always active in his community, LeGrand served as President of the Bedford Junior Chamber of Commerce, Bedford County Unit of the American Cancer Society, Bedford County Employ the handicapped Committee, Bedford Toastmaster Club, The American Lung Association of the South Alleghenies, and three times as President of the Bedford County Bar Association. From 1957 until 1997 he served continuously as either an officer of member of the local Lung Association Board of Directors.
Mr. Perce was a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Alleghenies Legal Aid, Inc. from 1977 until it was dissolved in 2001, and served as its President continuously from 1988 until 2001. On the state level Mr. Perce was the only person to serve twice as Governor of District 13 of Toastmasters International, twice as a director of the Pennsylvania Division of the American Cancer Society, for twenty years on the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association of Pennsylvania serving two years as its President and was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Lions State Council of Governors after serving as District 14-L Governor in 1980-1981. Nationally, Mr. Perce was a member of the American Lung Association’s Council for seven years. Internationally LeGrand served as a Director of the International Association of Lions Clubs from 1992 to 1994, serving as that Board’s Constitution and By-Laws Chairman in 1993-1994. As one of the Lions Club’s finest speakers, Mr. Perce was frequently called upon to be a Lions club or district keynote speaker both in the United States and overseas.
As a member, and current secretary, of the Bedford Lions Club he had perfect attendance from the date he joined in April 1982 until his death. He was a Life Member of International Association of Lions Clubs, was Pennsylvania’s first Leadership Development Chairman from 1982 to 1986 and the State Parliamentarian twice. He was a presenter at seven USA-Canda Leadership Forums and a member of the International Convention Credentials Committee 30 times and as its chairman 16 times. When the International Convention was held in Philadelphia in 1997 Mr. Perce was the announcer for the convention’s large parade, and was Parliamentarian for the International Convention in Korea in 1995.
As a Lion Mr. Perce was recognized by District 14-L twice for Distinguished Service, three times as News Letter Editor of the Year, and as Melvin Jones Fellow. He received eight presidential medals. When he was Governor of District 14-L in 1980-1981, he was recognized with the Presidential Commendation with two torches. After serving as a member of the International Board of Directors in 1992-1994, he received the Association’s highest award, The Ambassador of Good Will Award.
The American Cancer Society recognized LeGrand with its highest volunteer award – The Bronze Medal. The Bedford County Medical Society recognized him twice with its Benjamin Rush Award, and the Bedford County Pomona Grange presented him with its Public Service Award. From Toastmaster International he received its Distinguished Leadership Award, and was Toastmaster of the Year in District 13. For service from 1950 to 1956 as a member of the “Traveling Troubadours”, a singing group that entertained the United States Armed Forces throughout the world, and represented the U.S. State Department on two tours of Iceland and once in the Azores, Mr. Perce received from the United States Department of Defense its Certificate of Appreciation.
At the time of his death Mr. Perce was a member of the Finance-Property Committee in the Bedford Presbyterian Church, and was its former Stated Clerk. For four years he was an Instructor for the AARP Safe Driving course in Bedford and Fulton counties.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 15, 2023 at 10:00 a.m., at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, in Bedford, with Rev. Jack Miller officiating. Private burial at Bedford Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Bedford Lions Club c/o Dan Kerr 811 Echo Vale Dr., Bedford, PA 15522; or Bedford Presbyterian Church, 145 S. Juliana St., Bedford, PA 15522. Our online guestbook is available at www.berkebilefuneralhome.com.