RICHARD LEE BREWER

In Loving Memory One Year Anniversary RICHARD LEE BREWER March 3, 1941 - March 5, 2013 Richard, it has already been one year since you left to be with your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Could this be possible? Your loving family and friends miss you even more as the days go by, remembering especially your exuberant laugh, your sweet smile and your eyes that sparkled with a hint of mischievousness. We love you dear Richard, and will always cherish the times we spent together. Richard was born on March 3, 1941 in Wichita, Kansas to loving parents Glen and Helen Brewer. The family moved to Santa Fe in 1942, where Richard's exceptional musical talents were discovered and further developed within the Santa Fe Public Schools' Orchestra Program. By age sixteen, he had already become an accomplished cellist and was accepted as a member of the famed Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. Also, while still in high school, Richard played simultaneously in both the Rio Grande Symphony and the Santa Fe Sinfonetta. After graduating from Santa Fe High, Richard continued to develop his musical talent at the University of New Mexico, where he earned his B.A. degree in Music in 1963. While still a university student, Richard served as principal cellist in the Albuquerque Symphony Orchestra. Following his graduation from UNM, he was accepted by the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra where he played for three years. In 1967, Richard became a member of the prestigious St. Louis Symphony Orchestra where he spent the remainder of his 46-year musical career, retiring in 2010. During his tenure in St. Louis, Richard was privileged to travel extensively with his "orchestra family" throughout the US and to various world destinations, doing what he loved most - performing beautiful music for the enjoyment of appreciative audiences everywhere. Following his retirement, Richard and his best friend and partner of 29 years, Jim Johnson, moved to Rowland, Texas. Although Richard's retirement years were short, he made the most of them, enjoying the mild Texas weather, swimming, traveling and best of all sharing his Faith in Jesus with as many friends and family members as possible. Richard was a devoted son, brother, uncle and friend, preceded in death by his parents Helen and Glen Brewer and nephew Markus Hendricks. He is survived by partner, Jim Johnson; sister, Glenda Lucero and brother-in-law, John; sister, Debra Hendricks and brother-in-law, Richard; brother, Robert Brewer and sister-in-law, Annie Gladstone. He also left behind nephews and nieces, Elaine Lucero, John Paul Lucero, Robert Hendricks, Ken Hendricks, wife Krystal and daughter, Maylene; Daniel Brewer and daughter Deana; James Brewer, Sean Brewer, Sharon Brewer-Valdez and daughter Lynette; Jennifer Brewer Bobchak and daughters, Candice and Jenae; Korey Hendricks, Tyler Hendricks and Julia Gladstone.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 23, 2014