Terence Brest
1946 - 2017
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Terence Edward Brest

March 15, 1946 - May 13, 2017

Holly Springs

On the morning of May 13, 2017, Terry Brest, age 71, passed peacefully to Heaven to be reunited with his parents, Mary Bishop Brest and Edward Louis Brest, as well as his brother, Christopher Brest Bishop.

"A Wonderful Man" Terry is survived by his wife of 50 years, Regina "Gina" Miller Brest and two loving daughters, Jennifer Brest (Dave) and Kimberly Ledbetter (Joel). Terry's three grandchildren were the lights of his life, Jeffrey Raymond Ledbetter, James Terence Ledbetter and Anna Jane Birukova Brest, all of Cary, NC. Terry is also survived by his sisters, Barbara Brest Kiesel, Mary Brest Watson and Priscilla Keelan Bishop, as well as their children and grandchildren.

Terry was born and raised in College Point, New York where he attended St. Fidelis School, Holy Cross High School and Iona College. After serving his country in the U.S. Air Force, he married his high school sweetheart, Gina. He then began a forty year career with IBM which brought them to North Carolina in 1985.

After retiring ten years ago, Terry enjoyed cruising and traveling in Europe. Woodworking, reading, photography, volunteering at "USO-NC-RDU", The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, The Apex Lions, and his neighborhood were all high on his list of activities, but "Family Time" was most important.

A celebration of Terry's life will be held at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC on Tuesday, May 16 from 5:00-8:00pm.

The funeral mass will be held Wednesday, May 17 at 1:00pm at St. Michaels Catholic Church, 804 High House Road, Cary, NC, followed by military honors and a reception for all in the Parish Center.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to "USO-NC-RDU" at Terminal 2, RDU Airport, Morrisville, NC, "The Center for Volunteer Caregiving" at 1150 SE Maynard Rd, Cary, NC 27511, or "Transitions LifeCare" at 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.

The entire family would like to thank the many people who cared for Terry through his illness. Family, friends, strangers and neighbors as well as the staff at Heartfields Assisted Livibg in Cary and Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh.

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Published in The News and Observer on May 14, 2017.
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49 entries
June 25, 2017
Every night I look up at the heavens and look forward to the day that we reconnect. I know you're up there looking down at us smiling at the beautiful family you created. I will miss you and I will never forget all the fun times we shared working on my car, hanging out at the lake house, and the fun cigar walks we had. I love you Poppop!
Jeff Ledbetter
June 17, 2017
I love you pop pop, we miss you very much and I know that you are looking out for us up there. I remember you were one of the first people I told that I wanted to help people in crisis and you were very supportive and said that was very noble. Thank you for everything that you did for us and I know I'll see you again one day. I love you!
Jimmy Ledbetter
May 21, 2017
I'm really sorry for your loss, but glad he's at peace now. Remember it's only those left behind who are hurting now. Hang in there the best you can.
Gail Vandenbout
May 21, 2017
Kim,he will forever be in your heart and mind. You are very fortunate to have the love you both shared.
Charles Bailey
May 21, 2017
I'm so sorry for you loss, sweet girl. You filled his life with joy and love, especially in his last days ❤ please let me know if I can do anything at all for you
Blake Taylor
May 21, 2017
He was such an amazing man and touched so many lives ❤
Priscilla Bishop
May 21, 2017
Jimmy, praying that you and your family will feel God's comfort and peace.
Toni Simmons
May 21, 2017
Sad to hear this as I know what an important role model he was in your life! Please pass on my condolences to your parents.
Jennifer Corriveau
May 21, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear that! Glad you have an amazing support system. Hang in there. I'm very sad for your loss!
Nicole Maarschalkerweerd
May 21, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear, definitely an awesome dude and hope to see the family next time I'm down
Maiko Nemoto
May 21, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss Jimmy!! Thinking of you and your family
Emma Kirkner
May 21, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss Jimmy, Jeff, Kim and Joel. Love you guys!
Scotty Barbour
May 21, 2017
Jimmy, I worked with your grandfather at IBM, he was a wonderful man! I had no idea he was your grandfather until I saw your post with his obituary. Small world. We were all blessed to have known him
Paige Poore
May 21, 2017
Jennifer, I am so sorry. My advice is to cherish the memories of your wonderful guy. Hugs to you and Anna.
Tamara Derieux
May 21, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss. Your dad sounds like a wonderful man. Sending prayers to your family.
Jeanne King
May 21, 2017
I am so sorry Jennifer. I remember your Dad. My heartfelt condolences to you & all of your family.
Emily Fritz-Lehner
May 21, 2017
Awe Jen. I know how much you loved him. I am so sorry. You, Anna and your Mom are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know what I can do.
Carrie Osborne
May 21, 2017
I'm so sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jackie Wenzel
May 21, 2017
I'm so sorry . Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers
Janine Parker
May 21, 2017
Monkey so sorry for your loss. He was a great man. Let us know if we can do anything for u guys. Love u
Tammy Walker
May 21, 2017
I'm so sorry. He was an amazing man, and I'm happy I had the pleasure of knowing him. You know where he is, and you'll see him again some day. You can have confidence in that promise.
Shelby Scott
May 21, 2017
Very sorry to see this. He was always so accepting and nice to me. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Jessica Ficklin
May 21, 2017
I am so thankful I was blessed to work with your family. It reminded me why I fell in love with healthcare to begin with. Thank you for letting me be a part of your lives. I love you and him and everyone in your family.
Aeriel McLeod
May 20, 2017
I'm so very sorry for your loss. The way you feel about him means he was such a special person in your life
Susan Bailey
May 20, 2017
So sorry to hear.
Christopher Kiesel
May 20, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss Kim, I will pray for you and for your family I know your father is in heaven right now
Yolanda Quesada
May 20, 2017
I'm sorry for your loss praying for you and your family.
Bessie Farmer
May 20, 2017
Sorry for your great loss! You can find peace in your heart that you all spent so much time with him when he needed you the most. No regrets, he knows how much you loved him,
Maryann Schultz
May 20, 2017
I am so very sorry Kim!! That bond you have with your Dad is so apparent and I know you made his life a joyous one.
Tammy Ziccardi
May 20, 2017
Kim, thank you for giving us a glimpse into the great father your dad was and the amazing relationship you two have. I am glad he is not suffering, my heart is heavy with sadness for your family. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Lori Koncz
May 20, 2017
So sorry Kim he'll be with you always in memories and your heart. Prayers for you and your family
Stacy Larson
May 20, 2017
So sorry for your loss, it was obvious to everyone how close you have been and how much you will miss your sweet Dad.
Cindy Winslow
May 20, 2017
Sorry for loss. Your family is in our prayers
Dena Guin
May 20, 2017
Kim, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
John and Kathy Osburn
May 20, 2017
So sorry for your loss. May God give you and your family comfort and peace.
Teresa Koeppen
May 20, 2017
I am so very sorry Kim and your family. He is resting now and no more pain. I love you guys and you will be in my prayers. I am around the corner if you need me you know how to find me.
Heidi Bischoff
May 20, 2017
So sorry for your loss you and your family will be in my prayers.
Jennifer Suleiman
May 20, 2017
So sorry for your loss... it was wonderful to see how much you cared about your father... I know you will miss him
Twila Wilt
May 20, 2017
I'm so sorry Kim, my condolences. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers
Nicole McNeill
May 20, 2017
My heart breaks for you Kim. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Ben Williams
May 20, 2017
So sorry for your loss,

Lynn Flournoy
May 19, 2017
my deepest condolences to you & your family... I remember him so well - always a smile on his face... He now lives forever in your heart. You are blessed with ALL the special things you did together - special memories <3... I told you a few weeks ago - I remember when you guys staring running. !!!!! ...love to all!
Liz Lund
May 19, 2017
You were the best father a girl ask for!! I'll miss you like crazy. Your light will shine in our hearts forever and my life I hope I live in a way that mirrors yours. Giving, sharing, loving, caring, smiling, etc. Its my greatest privilege to be your daughter. I love you Dad, my first love, my hero and heaven's new best friend. Until we meet again.......All my love, Kim a/k/a Electra!
Kim Ledbetter
May 17, 2017
Keeping you all in our prayers.
The Capps family
Johnson Jewelers
May 16, 2017
Sir, you raised an amazing girl. She married a great man & have 2 great kids.. you made so many beautiful memories with Your daughter & that is what she will hold close to her heart to get through, these very trying times. Also the fact that You are no longer in any pain, comforts the soul!! God Bless, the Ledbetter Family!❤
Marianne Husted
May 16, 2017
Kim and family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Janice Arnold
May 14, 2017
To all the Ledbetters,Kim,Joel, Jimmy, and Jeff.
I am so sad for your loss. He was well loved by you all.
May 14, 2017
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the words of John 6:40 bring you comfort. CR
May 14, 2017
Terry was always willing to give... a hand to help,an ear to listen, his heart for compassion, and his strong arms for hugging.

A true friend who never questioned me, just accepted me as I am.

Terry will be greatly missed, but I know he is sitting in a workshop, drinking coffee and laughing with his best friend.

RIP Bubba
Penny Rummel
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