DR. JOHN MICHAEL, 62
Ocala - John Michael Brinsko, M.D., passed away peacefully at home on February 14, 2014, surrounded by family. Born in McKeesport, PA on August 25, 1951, he moved to Ocala in 1986 from Newport News, VA. He also lived in Richmond, VA; Puerto Rico; and Pensacola, FL. He is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He served in the US Navy and was a pediatrician with Ocala Pediatrics until he retired in 2010. Pre-deceased by his father, John Brinsko, he is survived by his mother, Madeline Brinsko, West Mifflin, PA; daughter, Kelly Michelle (Jason) Beckert and soon-to-be-born granddaughter, Chicago, IL; son, John Christopher Brinsko, San Diego, CA; brothers, Dr. Ronald (Ellyn) Brinsko, Dr. Robert (Liz) Brinsko, and Dr. Kenneth Brinsko; and nephews, Mark, Keith and Ciro. An avid outdoorsman, John loved hiking, hunting, fishing, and exploring the true beauty he found in nature. He was an enthusiastic student and passionate teacher of history and science, collected antiquities and minerals, and was an ardent astronomer and eclipse chaser. He always effortlessly followed his unlimited curiosity wherever it took him, and those who were lucky enough to accompany him. His passion lay in aviation, and he piloted his own aircraft. His zest for life, boisterous laugh, true compassion, and eternal optimism will never be forgotten. Memorial service will be held at Noon, Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at Christ the King Anglican Church, 3801 N. US 441, Ocala, with Father Don Curren officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Pediatric Oncology Palliative Care Program, University of Florida Foundation, Attn: Gift Processing, PO Box 14425, Gainesville, FL 32604. Please indicate Fund Number F018269, in memory of John Brinsko, in check memo.
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2014