Robert J. Brewer
1927 - 2014 WILLIAMSTOWN Longtime businessman, Robert Joseph Brewer, 86, of Williamstown, died on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at Sweetbrook Care Center in Williamstown. He was born in North Adams, on Sep. 16, 1927, a son of the late Joseph Brewer and Clara E. Paquin Brewer. He attended schools in North Adams, graduating from Drury High School in 1948. He was a decorated veteran of the Korean Conflict serving with the Army 7th Division Motor Pool, as a Sergeant. Mr. Brewer was the owner and operator of Bob's Mobil Station in Williamstown for many years. He was a communicant of Sts. Patrick and Raphael Church. He was active in the Parish of St. Raphael's, serving on the Parish Council and Finance Committee and volunteering at many church functions. He was a member of the Berkshire Gas and Steam Engine Association and was a collector of gas engines and lawn mowers. He also was a lifetime member of the Connecticut Antique Machinery Assoc., where most of his collection is on display. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Dorothy A. Lanois Brewer, whom he married on March 22, 1952; a son, Alfred J. Brewer and his wife, Carolann, of Granby, Conn.; a daughter, Debra Gorzkowski and her husband, Kenneth, of Enfield, Conn.; five grandchildren, Krista Pochron, Kathryn Neff, Megan Amrich, and Amy and Brian Gorzkowski; two great-grandchildren, Carter and Haylee Pochron; many nieces and nephews, and two sisters-in-law, Ruth Brewer and Patricia Brewer. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Jennifer Brewer, who died Nov. 11, 1993; two brothers, Francis J. Brewer and Joseph Lee Brewer, and a sister, Claire Farfour. The Brewer family would like to express a special thank you to the staff at Sweetwood and the dementia unit at Sweetbrook for their wonderful care and concern. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial to celebrate the life of Robert Joseph Brewer will take place on Friday at 11 a.m. at Sts. Patrick and Raphael Church in Williamstown. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Friday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the FLYNN DAGNOLI FUNERAL HOME- WEST CHAPEL, 521 West Main Street North Adams, MA. Memorial donations are suggested for Sts. Patrick and Raphael Church or to the St. Patrick Food Pantry through the funeral home. To send a card, flowers or as message please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 6, 2014