Charles W. BRINK

BRINK, Charles W. LCRD USN, retired, went on his Eternal Patrol, Octo ber 27, 2012. Our father was born on a sheep camp near the city of Roswell, New Mexico, April 16, 1925. He was raised in the San Diego/El Cajon region of California. At the age of twelve his mother died, and he and his five sisters were left to survive the hardships of the times. At the age of 17, WWII had erupted, and he immediately enlisted in the Navy. He had been raised on flour tortillas and beans, and on his first day in the Navy he was served steak and all the milk he could drink. He decided the Navy was heaven, and his destiny. He became a Submariner, and served on the USS Icefish, Bluegill, Catfish, Tusk and Torsk. He was in the second class at the nuclear power school, and served under Admiral Rickover. Our father's Navy career took us from coast to coast, and to Rota, Spain, where he was squadron material officer and made lieutenant commander. His last tour of duty was as the Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve Training Center, Tampa & St. Petersburg. He served in WWII, The Korean War, and Vietnam. He started in the Navy as a sailor with only a 9th grade education, and ended his career as an officer. Following his Naval service, he distinguished himself in the private sector, and was a founding member of Florida Credit Service, which after his retirement was acquired by Equifax. Our father was preceded in death by our mother in 2005, Amelia (Amy), his loving wife of 57 years. She was his rock, and his soul. We survive him, his three children, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, and his extended family throughout the world: Ralph Brink, The Villages, his children Kara (John Amador), Adam and Christina, and his grandchildren, Samantha and Tyler; Charles Brink, Tampa & Park City, Utah, along with his wife Linda and their children Bryan (Kelsey) and Christopher (Brooke), and their grandchildren Jackson, Carter, Braxton, Mateo, and Ellie; Celene Brink, St. Petersburg, and her husband, J. Kipp Wall, and their children Jamie (Sandra) and Weston, and their grandchildren, Alexander and Lucas. "Pay it forward", our father believed in this expression to describe the concept of asking the beneficiary of a good deed to 'repay' it to others instead of to the original benefactor - he lived kindness. He was a member of the Masonic Eagle Rock Lodge, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Military Officers Association of American, St. Petersburg Chapter: US Submarine Veterans WWII. Donations to Hospice (LifePath, Suncoast), and Clothes to Kids, Inc. (www.clothestokids.org). We, his family, were honored to have had him as our father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle. He was "The Greatest Generation". Pride Runs Deep. Service will be Friday, November 23, 1:00pm Calvary Cemetery - Burial with Military Honors; Reception following from 3 - 6 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Please share your memories at www.brettfuneralhome.net

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Published in TBO.com from Nov. 18 to Nov. 21, 2012