JOHN C. BRICK

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John C. Brick, 89, of Port Orange, Florida, one of the "Greatest Generation" went home to be with the Lord on the morning of Sunday, October 07, 2012. He went the way he always wanted to go; in his sleep, in his own bed, in his own home and surrounded by his loving family. His grave marker will say January 14, 1923 – October 7, 2012. Most people focus on the dates, but it is the dash between the dates that really carries all the meaning of a person's life. And, boy, did he fill the dash! Born in Holgate, OH to the late John and Victoria Brick, John began working at a very early age helping his father with their home building business in Wilmington, Delaware. They built many of the homes on Faulk Road, outside of Wilmington. John graduated from Conrad High in 1940 and matriculated to Drexel in Philadelphia but his education was interrupted by World War II. He met his wife, Lourdes, during the liberation of Manila, The Philippines in 1945. He was a dashing second lieutenant in the American Army, she a Filipino lawyer working in the McArthur Administration. When the war ended in the late spring of 1945 he had to return to The States to be discharged, and Lourdes' friends said she would never see that American soldier again. But they did not know John Brick. Although it took several months and a week-long vigil at the Pentagon outside the office of the director of the Corps of Engineers, John finally convinced the director to re-assign him to The Philippines and he returned in 1946 to claim his bride. They married in October of 1946. He served as the civilian Chief of Real Estate for the US Army Corps of Engineers with extended assignments in Manila, Okinawa, Cincinnati, Ohio and Honolulu, Hawaii, before finally settling in Silver Spring, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C. While in Silver Spring, he transferred to the Department of the Navy Bureau of Yards and Docks where he served in a similar position and ended his career with the Washington Area Transit Authority, supervising the acquisition of real estate for the Washington, D.C. subway system. He retired to Port Orange, Florida in 1983. While in retirement, he purchased the Orlando Fitness and Racquet Club with his son, Merrill, which they owned and operated for 10 years. He also consulted to his son, Victor and daughter-in-law Lynne's health club company, Brick Bodies/Planet Fitness-Maryland, based in Baltimore, Maryland, which is one of the 50 largest health club chains in the United States. He was an active member of All Saints Lutheran Church in Port Orange and served as its' council president. John was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family and watching his children and grandchildren play sports, both at the high school and college level. "He had an iron will, a great sense of humor, a quick wit and a strong Christian faith", said his son, Merrill. Victor said, "As Steve Jobs would say, he made a dent in the universe". John left this world to be with the Lord at 22 minutes past 7 in the morning, the same time of day that one of his role models passed; Abraham Lincoln. In addition to his parents, son John William Brick and sister, Mary Nye, preceded John in death. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 65 years Lourdes; daughter Marilyn (Winfield) Keller, Port Orange; sons Merrill (Sherry) Brick, Orlando, C. Victor (Lynne) Brick, Baltimore, MD and Robert Brick; Port Orange; grandchildren Merrill Brick, Monica Starr, Brian Keller, Carolyn (David) Bruchett, Jacquelyn Keller, Vicki Brick and Jonathan Brick; great grandchildren Katana and Lourdes Starr, Joseph and Jacob Keller and Isabella and Jonah Burchett; sister Evelyn Stuart of Stathmere, NJ and brother George (Jean) Brick of Factoryville, PA. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM at All Saints Lutheran Church, 751 Dunlawton Ave., Port Orange, FL 32127 with Pastor Stanley E. Wicktt officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family at Daytona Memorial Park. Friends and family members may call at the church on Saturday one hour prior to the service from 1:30-2:30. Memorial contributions may be made in John's name to All Saints Lutheran Church. The family has entrusted Lohman Funeral Home, Daytona with John's care.

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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Oct. 10, 2012
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