BRANDEWIE, Richard John
63, of Tampa, Florida, passed away July 14, 2018, at his Burt Lake cottage in the midst of a beautiful Northern Michigan summer. Richard was born December 31, 1954, in Celina, Ohio, to Lester John and Dorothy Ann Brandewie who predecease him. He is survived by his wife, Kalyn; and sons, Beckett and Benjamin.
He received his MBA from the University of Michigan which led to a career in venture capital. Richard (Dick to his colleagues) relocated to Tampa in 1987 to join South Atlantic Venture Fund and eventually co-founded Ballast Point Ventures in 2001. He was fascinated by the healthcare and biotech industries and had a passion for investing in and mentoring growth companies and entrepreneurs.
Richard enjoyed exploring the outdoors of Florida, Michigan and Western Canada with his family - usually on a kayak, windsurfer, or skis. He masterfully balanced a demanding career with family commitments and was truly a model husband and father. He will be remembered for love of his family and friends, inquisitive and brilliant mind, generous spirit and warm sense of humor.
Sincere gratitude to Karmen and TC Hayes, Dawn Wernette, Rick Califano and the numerous other family, friends, and caregivers who stood by him during this long, unforgiving illness.
A service and celebration of life will be planned for later this fall in Tampa. Memorial contributions may be made to Little Traverse Conservancy, 3264 Powell Road, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, https://landtrust.org/
"For stern as death is love, relentless as the nether world is devotion; its flames are a blazing fire. Deep waters cannot quench love, nor floods sweep it away." (Song of Songs, Old Testament). Richard, you will live in our hearts forever.