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William P. "Bill" Brazil Nov. 1943 ~ Aug. 2010 Resident of El Sobrante Bill Brazil passed away on August 18th after he lost his battle with cancer. Bill was a wonderful husband, father, brother, mentor, and friend. His amazing personality brightened so many people's lives. Bill was born in Albany, CA and as a child he attended St. Vincent's School for Boys in San Rafael, CA. After a few years of schooling at Albany High, Bill joined the United States Navy at the tender age of seventeen. This was only the beginning of his Federal service. He proudly finished his first four years of Navy service as a Boatswain's Mate. Bill had several jobs after being released from the Navy, but was hired by the City of San Francisco to work as a Piledriver building piers in the Bay. One fateful day, Bill walked into a tiny souvenir shop on Pier 43 to grab a cup of coffee and met his beloved wife, Carol. Bill's love of the water, boats, and his country carried him into his next job on Treasure Island working again for the Navy. Many years and several Navy bases later, Bill made his way to work for the Army Corps of Engineers as the captain of the debris vessel, Grizzly. Forced to retire early due to his illness, Bill was honored from the Department of the Army for outstanding service to a grateful Nation for 25 years of dedicated Federal service. But Bill's finest accomplishment was his volunteer leadership service to the Boy Scouts of America in the Sea Explorer Program. He shaped so many young men's lives and helped them become responsible, confident, well-pre-pared mariners and adults. Bill never realized how many people's lives he positively influenced. Bill had many hobbies and interests. He enjoyed hunting, fishing in Alaska with his best friends, boating, helping his sons with projects and spending time with his family. Bill was preceded in death by two meaningful and beloved people in his life, his mother Pat Brazil and uncle Bill O'Leary. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Carol and devoted sons Jeremiah (Kim) and Joshua. Also survived by his younger brother Greg (Janie); nieces Michelle and Shannon; father William; dear Aunt Lorraine O'Leary and many other relatives. Bill is underway on his final voyage and may he have fair winds and following seas. Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Service on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 11:00am at the Holy Angels St. Joseph Cemetery, 2540 Church Lane in San Pablo. A reception to follow at the Richmond Rod and Gun Club. Holy Angels St. Joseph Cemetery (510) 234-2012
Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 25, 2010
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