BERKLEY, Reverend John Brydson|
Reverend John Brydson Berkley, 83, of Gonzales passed away on Monday, July 7, 2014 after a long fight with cancer. He was born to Ethel Mae Brydson and William Earnest Berkley in Dallas, Texas on January 5, 1931. In 1955 he married Nan Remschel in Gonzales, Texas. He was known by some as Brydson and others as John.
During WWII his family moved back to Austin where he graduated from Austin High School, the University of Texas, and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Upon completion of seminary, he became a minister with the United Methodist Church (UMC) Southwest Texas Conference. During his years of service as a Methodist Minister in Texas, he pastored in the following churches: he started St. Marks UMC, Austin; Govalle UMC, Austin; First United Methodist Church (FUMC), Agua Dulce; FUMC Palacious; FUMC Hondo; FUMC Ozona; FUMC, Beeville; Memorial UMC, Austin; FUMC Luling; FUMC Rockport. In 1962, he helped the Palacious church and community rebuild after hurricane Carla in 1961. While Ozona, he help the community members get a nursing home. After 40 years of pastoring he retired in 1995. During his retirement he served on the United Methodist Church Southwest Conference board and continued to help in planning for the future of the Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Nan and his son Mark Berkley and daughter Rachel McNiel and her husband Glen. He has two grandchildren Daniel and David McNiel. He is also survived by his sister Camilla Bordie and her husband John, his cousins Denny McTee Lyon and Patricia McTee Erwin, brother-in-law Robert Remschel along with many nieces and nephews and their families.
Reverend Berkley will be remembered for his kindness, loving heart, and compassion towards others. John had a never ending desire to recycle, a love of gardening, and clever since of humor which he used often. He touched many lives both as a husband, father, grandfather, friend and pastor.
We would like to express our thankfulness for the support from his morning coffee group and his church family. Special thanks to Bill Cole and retired Pastor Jo Ann and Don Leifeste for their constant caring ministry and friendship during his time of illness.
The funeral will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 in the First United Methodist Church, 426 St. Paul, Gonzales, TX. The family will hold visitation at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, 906 St. Paul, Gonzales, TX from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, 2014.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made in the memory of John to the First United Methodist Church of Gonzales, and the Gonzales Youth Center 522 Water Street, Gonzales TX, 78629.
Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from July 9 to July 10, 2014