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Richard Thomas Brew

September 29, 1926 –
 January 21, 2022


Richard Thomas Brew, age 95, died peacefully on January 21st, 2022.

Richard is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Martha Allan Brew, his parents Thomas Brew and Ellen Keegan Brew, his brothers, Francis Brew and George Brew and his sisters, Helen Brew Foley and Claire Brew.

Richard was born in New York, New York on September 29th, 1926. His parents were emigrants from Ireland and he was the oldest of five children. He was a member of the Greatest Generation, serving in the Army during World War II in the 11th Airborne Division and was stationed in the Philippines and Japan. After returning home in 1946 he served in the Army Reserve and graduated from St. John’s University. He moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1956 where he worked at Donovan Insurance Agency until he retired. He and Martha raised five children: Richard Allan Brew (Kim), James Matthew Brew (Melinda), Heather Brew Hupp (Roger Ollanketo), Tara Brew Cuff (Morgan) and Christopher Thomas Brew (Renea Lanier). Richard has 7 grandchildren who he entertained endlessly with his humor, gadgets and toys: Shannon, Samantha, Colleen, Alyssa, Matthew, Sean, and Keegan. He has many nieces and nephews in Florida, New York and California that he cherished.

He was an avid golfer and a member of the Deerwood Country Club and passed the love of the sport onto all of his children. He was a fan of the NY Giants and NY Mets and loved supporting all of his children and grandchildren in their endeavors, attending endless baseball, football, tennis, soccer, sailing, and dance events throughout his life. He was a collector of many things, including stamps, golf balls, coupons for the Jacksonville Humane Society, bottle caps, pop tops, McDonalds Glasses, and Star Wars toys to name a few. He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed telling a good joke or story. He will be greatly missed by all.

Services will be held in Jacksonville at a later date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Jacksonville Humane Society

    13 Oct 2022

    Deepest sympathy on the passing of your Dad Richard Brew.
    I was at San Jose Catholic School from 1961 – 1979 and I taught and I remember the Brew Family. I subscribe to the Florida Times Union and I saw the death notice on Sunday, January 30 I will remember you in my prayers.
    ( 904-808-0112)

    Heather Hupp
    13 Oct 2022

    Thank you Sister Edna for your kind words. You probably taught my brothers Rich and Jim. Thank you for reaching out.
    Heather Brew Hupp

    Mike Foley
    13 Oct 2022

    Sorry to hear about your father. We called him Uncle Rich up here. Although we did not see him often, it was always a big occasion when we did. His mother was always extra excited when ever she would ever see or hear from him. He was the last of his siblings, and as far as I can tell the oldest Brew. I am proud to be his nephew.
    Mike Foley New City N.Y.

    Andrea Brew Liebl
    13 Oct 2022

    I was so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Michael was right – we didn’t get to see your parents often but it was so nice when we did! Your dad always made me laugh. I wish that my boys had had a chance to get to know him. My heart goes out to your family.

    Andrea Brew Liebl

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Dear John,

It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Thank you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you.

Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad.

Love, The Gillilands


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