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Cecil Harridell Broadnax, Sr., 96, of Carlisle, PA, transitioned from this life on Monday, October 23, 2023, while surrounded by family at Forest Park Nursing & Rehabilitation. Born in Seaboard, North Carolina, he was the son and 7th of 10 children born to the late Henry Alston Broadnax and Lossie Curlear Jordan Broadnax.
He was married to the late Virginia Gould Broadnax, for 75 years. Through this union, he went on to have 3 children, Valerie White, Dr. Vanessa Broadnax by whom he was predeceased, & Dr. Cecil H. Broadnax, Jr. He was blessed with a wonderful son-in-law Robert and daughter in law Alyse, as well as many loving grandchildren, including Dr. Cindy White, Louis Brown, Robert White 3rd, Cecil Broadnax 3rd, Randall White, Lauren Kingrey, and Virginia Diggs; and 11 great grandchildren including Cecilia, Camille, Cecil 4th, Avery, Isabella, Campbell, Brynlee, Cameron, Lochlan, Cali, and Elizabeth.
Cecil was predeceased by brothers Mansfield, Henry Jr., Irvin, Richard, Bobby, Melvin, and sisters Cleo, Gladys, and Sallie who passed away at a very early age. He leaves behind one brother, Aussie Mac Broadnax (Carol) of Seaboard, North Carolina. In addition, he leaves several adoring nieces including Darian Morgan, Ruth A. Eaton, Sona C. Scott, Crysta Hines, and Melvetta B. Taylor; as well nephews Angelo P. Broadnax, Theodore D. Faison, & Robert D. Faison.
Cecil was a Communications Traffic Manager at Link Communications in New York City for 45 years. His responsibility included delivering, installing, configuring, and troubleshooting teletype writer communication devices on Wall Street. His prowess around these devices supported his ability to install US and German made devices. This work gave him wide and unrestricted access to the NY Stock Exchange trading floor where he made many friends across departments and functions. He was well known and liked by all.
Prior to that time and not many people know this about Cecil, he was on a product development team for a high-end custom high fidelity speaker company. He hand-wound speaker voice coils, thereby varying the magnetic gap while simultaneously experimenting with speaker diaphragm materials to alter the acoustic response and sound properties of high-end speaker systems. It was this development work that gave Cecil the opportunity to meet many electrical engineering and technical professionals across the greater northeast, with whom he made friendships while working on several development projects. His ease with electronic equipment afforded him the side hustle of repairing radios and televisions. He knew electronic tubes by their number classification and function – by heart. This was an impressive skill admired by many.
Cecil was passionate and very committed to several diverse social justice causes and fraternal organizations. He served on and provided leadership for civic and educational organizations, though which he furthered opportunities for others. He received accolades and many notes of thanks for his actions to further the cause. At the age of 26, he was the youngest person in NY state history to become a Most Worshipful Master, and received the appropriate respect & admiration consistent with the significance and meaning of that accomplishment. He believed deeply and quietly, while not needing to showcase or openly demonstrate his beliefs or titles. He was a doer who focused solely on doing.
Most noteworthy is that Cecil was a singularly astounding father and dad. His support of his family was constant, unwavering, and unshakable. Whatever we wanted to do as a family or as children, he supported fully and enthusiastically. He was a staunch supporter of education and paved the way for everyone in his family to pursue and gain several college degrees. For him, it wasn’t whether or not you would attend college but rather, what university would you attend and what would you do after graduation. Cecil will be missed by many and blessed us all with fond memories.
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