HAMILTON JOHN CYRIL BREWART
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A generous soul that lived well and loved selflessly ended his struggle with brain cancer on May 2, 2012. Born Hamilton John Cyril Brewart in Baghdad, Iraq on December 19,, 1935, his life is best captured in his art of living: Embodying the virtues of loving-kindness, forgiveness, and joyful play, he left a spiritual richness and beauty in the lives of his family, friends and colleagues.
Hamilton's formative years in Iraq; sojourn to India with his sister, Ivy; and, back to Iraq provided his grounding in humility and a passion for helping those in need. In his young adult years in Iraq, he worked for the British Petroleum Company. It was there that he met and married, Amy Hovsepian, in 1958. They immigrated to the U.S. with their two children, Colleen and Derek in 1965; several years later, their third child, Deborah, was born in California, where they took up permanent residence.
In California, Hamilton's adventurous and entrepreneurial side found expression. From working at JPL, to opening his own retail business in the late 60s to early 70s, he had an unquenched thirst to build and provide a means to help his family and others live well. He found that wellspring in Hamilton Brewart Insurance (HBI), which he opened in 1976. Hamilton's drive, diligence and contribution to various communities established trust and loyalty to HBI's service excellence. HBI's growth, success and expansion into multiple insurance lines extended opportunities to Hamilton and others to savor life's joys and reflect upon life's sorrows with an open heart, open pocket book, and grace.
Twelve years after his divorce from his first wife, Hamilton married Denise Godinho. In 1993, Hamilton and Denise's son, Blake, was born. Hamilton's love of all life provided an integration of different cultural and familial styles. Eastern and Western sensibilities coalesced into a humanistic approach to ways of being and doing family.
Indeed, "family" was not limited to narrow visions of biological and legal kin: Hamilton celebrated, helped and embraced the family of humankind. HBI supported charities that fed and educated the poor; and proposed non-violent resolutions to political struggles. Employees from all walks of life-poverty to affluence- were treated equally and given an opportunity to create their futures, irrespective of their background. HBIs festive events would include a smorgasbord of ethnic foods, diverse cultural dance forms and music. The hearty "Cheers!" "Salut!" "L'Chaim!" could be found from the boardroom to the ballroom to the resort; Hamilton reveled in these moments, delighting in life and play.
"Every good word you can think of in a dictionary, that's who he was," stated his granddaughter, Amy. No doubt, those that knew Hamilton will assent to this view! Hamilton loved and was deeply loved by so many! In honor of him, we stretch our minds and our hearts to carry on his legacy of loving-kindness. Each act of charity, forgiveness and generosity of spirit radiates the sparks of Light, hope and life-generation of his soulfulness.
Hamilton is survived by his wife, Denise Brewart; his children, Colleen Badawi, Derek Brewart, Debbie Mahfoud, and Blake Brewart; his stepsons, Jack, Aaron and Michael Godino. He is survived by his siblings, Ivy Cerwinski, Patsy Lively, and Carlton Brewart. Hamilton is also survived by many grandchildren, a great-grandchild, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The viewing will be held at Todd Memorial Chapel in Pomona on Monday, May 7, 2012, 5:00-8:00 PM. The funeral will be Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at St. Joseph Church Pomona, 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to PRATHAM USA. www.prathamusa.org. email@example.com
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on May 6, 2012