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Brian K. Pretty

AGE: 61 • Waretown

Brian Pretty, 61, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, surrounded by family. Brian was born in Huntington Station, NY. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Deborah; his sons and daughter in laws, Matthew & Stella and Michael & Erin; granddaughters, Ava, Kaylianna, Briella, Kayla and Kendall; his mother, Georgianna; his brothers and sister in law, Kevin & Grace and Lenny; and the many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Leonard.

Brian prided himself in his family whom he adored. He was a husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, son, grandpa, pop pop, neighbor, and friend. He was extremely dedicated to his careers. He began his service with the U.S. Coast Guard in 1974 and retired as a Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate, serving 35 years between active duty and reserve time. In 1980 he was involved in the Cuban Mario Boat Lift Major Operation. He was also involved in major search and rescue cases and drug interdictions in the Caribbean. His law enforcement career began with the Monmouth County Sheriff's Department and continued with the Department of Defense Police at Fort Monmouth, where he became an excelled K-9 Handler with his K9 partner Basco. Brian then became a Deportation Officer with Immigration and Naturalization Service and retired as a Special Agent with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. He was assigned to the Special Agent in Charge, Newark, NJ where he was a member of the Violent Gang Task Force. He was a first responder to the World Trade Center for 911. He retired from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA as a Homeland Security Investigations instructor for the Firearms and Tactical Programs Division.

Brian leaves behind a legacy for years to come. He left a lasting impression on his children and on all of those who were guided under his lead. His knowledge, skills, determination, and experience were inspirational. Brian was a humble man, but also absolutely heroic in many ways. He touched the hearts of every person he met. His achievements exceeded his own expectations. We will remember Brian for all that he was, and we will honor him for all that he still is.

Services will be held Sunday, September 24, 2017, 2-6pm at Colonial Funeral home, 2170 Highway 88, Brick, NJ 08724. A funeral service will be offered Monday, September 25, 2017 at 10am at the funeral home. Military burial will follow with a police escorted procession led to Brigadier General William C. Doyle Cemetery, 350 Province Line Rd, Wrightstown, NJ 08562

In lieu of flowers and cards, the family is requesting any condolences be sent in the form of donation in Brian's name to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Sept. 22, 2017
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