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BRENNAN JOSEPH DEKEERSGIETER - BURLINGTON - Brennan Joseph Dekeersgieter, 26, of Burlington, passed away on March 2, 2013. Brennan was born on April 13, 1986, in Miami, Fla. Brennan is survived by his father, Robert Dekeersgieter; his mother, Margery Keasler; and siblings, Caitlin and Colin Dekeersgieter. Brennan was a man of extremes who thrived most on the summit of a mountain or in the sea. He slept under the biggest skies, swam in the bluest oceans, and poached the perfect "pow-pow." Brennan let nothing stop him from doing what he loved. In his continual search for thrills, he led a complete and fulfilling life, leaving behind a farreaching and indelible love. He traveled through South America and Europe. In 2006, Brennan left Vermont to attend college in Lake Tahoe, Nev., tapping into an enduring entrepreneurial spirit. As a team manager at Tahoe Free Ride Company he touched the lives of his youth snowboard team, building in them not only the skill and strength they needed to perform, but an enthusiastic adoration for snowboarding that only he could convey. Friends and family meant everything to Brennan; he always bragged about his friends and family instead of bragging about his many adventures and tasks conquered. He was a warrior and a known miracle to his community in the east and the west. A service to celebrate Brennan's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2013, at the First Congregational Church of Essex Junction, 39 Main St., Essex Junction. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Brennan Joseph Dekeersgieter Memorial Fund.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Mar. 5, 2013
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