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NEW KENT - James Richard "Jim" Brabrand, 71, died unexpectedly Sunday, April 17, 2011, due to complications after surgery.
Jim's loss leaves a grievous and cavernous hole in the Brabrand family. His love for his sons and his wife was never ending. He had an unbounded zest for life and its adventures. His unique charm and charisma endeared him to all he met. Jim's life exemplified the Rotary credo "Service above Self". He found great joy in music, especially bluegrass and barbershop. He played many instruments and loved to sing harmony. He tackled all challenges with tenacity.
Jim was born Feb. 20, 1940, in James City County near Jamestown, to the late Charles and Anita Brabrand. After graduating from West Point High School in 1958, he attended Lee McRae College, Banner Elk, N.C., and completed his education at Virginia Tech's School of Engineering with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering.
He began his career at Newport News Shipyard in the Industrial Engineering Department. After a short stay, he went to NASA at Langley Research Center until 1968. He continued his career at General Cable, Buena Vista, Va., and Lees Carpets, Glasgow, Va., until 1971, when he returned to Newport News to work at the Naval Mine Warfare Engineering Activity until 1995, when the Activity moved to Panama City, Fla. After taking early retirement, he attended NAWCC School of Horology near Lancaster, Pa., to learn to repair and service clocks.
Other activities over the years included serving as president of the Village Green Association, Palmer Elementary PTA, and Hines Middle School PTA, and as treasurer of the Newport News Council of PTA's. After moving to New Kent County, he held several positions of leadership in the local Rotary.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Agnes; his sons and their wives, Scott and Debbie Brabrand of Fairfax, and Doug and Sarah Brabrand of Richmond; and two grandsons, Bennett and William (sons of Scott and Debbie). In addition, he leaves behind two brothers and their wives, Andrew and Betty Brabrand of Montpelier, and Charles and Judy Brabrand of Gloucester. He also leaves his uncle, John and his wife, Cary Brabrand of West Point, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 22, at Vincent Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 417 11th Street, West Point, VA 23181. The funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home with the Rev. Nancy Summerline officiating. A private interment will be held later.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Brett-Reed Memorial Presbyterian Church, 29680 King William Rd., West Point, VA 23181; First United Methodist Church, 10246 Warwick Blvd., Newport News VA 23601; or any charity of your choosing.
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Published in Daily Press from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2011.
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February 4, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about Jim's death. Connie told me the last time I saw her which was in December 2011. I had no idea that Jim was even sick. Please forgive this late expression of sympathy as I just found this obit on Facebook while looking for you. My best to all your family. I am so sorry that you have lost Jim!
Shirley Jones
April 25, 2011
Agnes, Scott and Doug. I was so sorry to hear about Jim. I have so many fond memories of him from Village Green. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
Susan Kelley Trevillian
April 24, 2011
Agnes, Scott, and Doug.... my wife and I have just heard of your loss. It has been so many years since I have seen all of you. I am very sorry I did not know or I would have brought the family to be with you all. Our continued prayers are with your entire family... God Bless. Marty and Janine Brabrand
Marty & Janine Brabrand
April 22, 2011
To the Brabrand family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope that your memories and love will bring you some solace in the days to come.
Gloria Spriggs
April 21, 2011
Agnes and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. Jim will be greatly missed. His positive attitude and wonderful sense of humor will be remembered by all those who knew him.
Dee Bane
April 21, 2011
Dear Agnes, Scott, and Doug. We were so sorry to hear about Jim. Our prayers are with you. We have fond memories of Jim from our days in Village Green and working with him at Yorktown Naval Weapons Station. He was a good friend to all the guys of Menchville High School.
Ed & Diane Bittner
April 21, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
jim&phyllis pierce
April 21, 2011
Jim, the time you spent with us, the Virginians Barbershop Chorus, was a time of good cheer and fellowship -- and the music was great, as well! Words do not well express our feelings of loss and remorse, while we strive to remember you are returning to the Lord, a goal we all share on this Easter weekend. Godspeed.
Paul Archibald
April 20, 2011
God Bless Your Family And Friends. I met Jim just this past year with his Dad who I had known for years. You are ALL in my prayers.
Kim Bevan
April 20, 2011
Dear Doug, Scott and Agnes,
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Jim and all of you from our middle and high school days. In fact, last week I drove by your old house in Village Green and thought of you. You are all in my prayers.
Lisa Harrell
April 20, 2011
Dear Brabrand Family,

Words can not express my sorrow regarding the untimely passing of Mr. Brabrand. You have my deepest sympathy. May God give you comfort during this difficult time and in the days ahead.
Dr. Stanley P. Jones
April 20, 2011
Agnes and Family, We offer you our deepest sympathy and support in your time of grief. The ones we love will always live within our hearts. Jim focused on the positive aspects of life and was always there to offer a helping hand to those in need. He made the world a brighter place with his wonderful smile.

Jo Anne Lane and Family
Newport News,VA
April 20, 2011
Dear Scott, Doug and Agnes, there are no words for the grief your family is feeling. Only prayers and love. We lift you all up that God will hold you in His hands and bring you His peace.
Missy Lee
April 20, 2011
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Bruce Simmons
April 20, 2011
To James Brabrand family I wish to express my deepest sympathy. There is no greater loss than the beart beat of a family. May God give you strength beyond what is normal 1Corinthians 4;7 to get through this difficult time.
April 20, 2011
Agnes, Scott, and Doug, I am so sorry to hear about Jim. I often think of you all and enjoy hearing about your get-togethers. Please know that my family is keeping you in our prayers.
Kelly Mewborn Pastirik
April 20, 2011
The Brabrand family,
May God's comforting hands help you find peace in this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Beth Spivak
April 20, 2011
The Brabrand family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. May God's comforting arms help you find peace in this difficult time.
Beth Spivak
April 20, 2011
Charles, Judy and family,
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. You're in my thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to you. I know this has been a very difficult year. May God's love bring you comfort. If there's anything I can do, please let me know.
Cindy Ruehrmund
April 20, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. May God's love comfort you at this time of sorrow.
Christine Papa
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