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Very shocked and sad to learn of Gary's passing. I knew him for the past six years from the Democratic Club of Amelia Island. I knew him as a very witty, sarcastic, thoughtful, caring person who gave unselfishly of his time to the club and club activities. What touched me the most is from the time he learned my husband had cancer, EVERY communication with Gary, whether it be email, text, or in person, he ALWAYS asked how Ray was doing and to give Ray his best wishes. We hadn't interacted as frequently in the past two years because of COVID. I feel very fortunate to have seen him a week before his untimely death and spend time chatting and catching up. My sincerest condolences to his wife, daughters, and extended family.
Missing from my comment the word NOT. It was not an effort it was just who he was.
Gary was an exceptional gentleman. He always made an effort to be attentive to others. Actually I do think it was and effort it was just who he was.
Kathy and Paul Tolchinsky
We’re heartbroken. We met Deirdre and Gary shortly after our move to Vienna in 2010. Our friendship was cemented the Saturday we lost our keys on our way home from the market. Gary and Deirdre’took us and our groceries in’ until our landlady arrived home. From then on we enjoyed spending time with them both. Gary loved to sing, to dance and to have a good time. Most of all he loved Deirdre and his girls. Gary was a fabulous host, whether for a pre ball party, Friday night social or a casual supper. Our memories are so precious and we will always remember our joint anniversary celebration and our fun times together. We’ll miss you, dear friend. Rest easy.
I'm heartbroken. I have so many fond memories of Gary through the years. He, Dede, and the girls moved to Vienna at around the same time as us. The man was a fine cook, singer, and dancer. I have fun memories of dancing with Gary at the IAEA ball in Vienna. Smooth moves! Just a funny, sarcastic, extremely smart and witty man. I remember being at a dinner party where he was suffering from a cold and he said that "If you've accepted an invitation, you attend, unless you are in the hospital. No excuses!" The he proceeded to slime me (the germaphobe) with his germ laden hands! Ugh! His home was always open to us. What stood out so much about Gary was his love and devotion to his family. My heart goes out to all who loved Gary and mostly to Deirdre, Laura and Mariel. He was a marvelous person, taken much too soon.
We do appreciate your thoughtfulness with the loan of the scooter! Gary’s thoughtfulness was evident in that time we met him. Your family will be in our thoughts!!
Mack and Janet Sisson
We are so very sorry for this sad news. We will miss him terribly.
Gary B. Brewster
Gary B. Brewster, beloved father, husband, uncle, and friend, died peacefully in his sleep on February 25th, 2022.
Gary was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on May 17, 1958 to Loraine and Donald Brewster. He grew up with four siblings-- Connie, Debbie, Cathy, and Steve. Some of their best childhood memories were spent camping on Flaming Gorge and skiing in the Wasatch mountains. He attended the University of Utah and received his PhD in Organic Chemistry. Immediately out of graduate school, Gary was selected out of 1000 applicants by the Coca-Cola company to work in their Atlanta headquarters. This was the beginning of his successful 31-year career as an Executive in Research and Development with Coca-Cola. He and his beloved wife of 42 years, Deirdre, and their two daughters, Laura and Mariel, began their lives as a young family in Marietta, GA. During these early years, Gary forged life-long friendships, ran marathons, served on the Vestry at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, and renovated his house on the weekend.
Gary moved the family to Vienna, Austria, in 1998 and worked in Product Quality and Safety; he was eventually promoted to Sustainability Officer. His family lived there for 18 years. Gary enjoyed the lifestyle, music, and friends of his life in Europe. He returned to the United States in 2016 and began a life of idyllic retirement on the beaches of Fernandina Beach, FL. He made new friendships, traveled, biked, swam, race-walked, cooked, and enjoyed entertaining.
What defined Gary was his fierce devotion to family. He unconditionally adored ‘his three girls’. He was an ebullient and vivacious person who overflowed with music, laughter, whistling, and joy for life. He sang for several years with the Island Chamber Singers and loved learning music and performing. His musical tastes ran from Bach to Bowie to Broadway. An empathetic and tender soul, he nurtured people who needed it and let them know that they were appreciated. He was erudite, sophisticated, generous and witty; his sharp intellect and extensive vocabulary made him an excellent public speaker and leader. Given the nickname ‘Heart’ from his father, Gary was the heart, center, and light of his family, and to all those who were lucky enough to have him in their lives. Gary’s indomitable spirit will forever be part of us.
If you wish to honor Gary, rather than flowers, please contribute to his two favorite organizations: NPR or PBS.