Richard John BRANDEWIE
1954 - 2018
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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,

"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.

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Published in Tampa Bay Times from Jul. 20 to Jul. 21, 2018.
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August 15, 2018
Prayers to your family. We have always admired all of your family and were so sorry to see your parents pass as well. I wish you all peace.
Amy Manning
August 12, 2018
We're thinking of the entire Brandewie family with deepest sympathy and prayers.
Carol & Tom Hone
July 22, 2018
Dena Curtin
July 22, 2018
Surrounding you with love and light. I will miss him dearly. My heart aches....Love, love, love you guys... xoxo
July 22, 2018
We love you Richard.
Linda Hayes
July 21, 2018
My Deepest Condolences! As you reflect on the loving memory of Richard, I sincerely hope the words at Ps 37:29 will bring you some comfort during this difficult time.
July 20, 2018
My sincerest condolences to the Brandewie Family in the loss of your loved one, Richard John, and pray you find comfort in Psalms 91:2.
July 20, 2018
So sorry for your loss, Kalyn and family. Sending love and God's blessings your way. Aunt Beanie
July 20, 2018
Dear Kalyn and Family,
Kathy and I are so sorry for your loss. Dick was always a class act and great gentleman. He made quite a difference in my life both personally and professionally and I will always be grateful. It's hard to lose an honorable man.
You have our prayers during this difficult time,
Randy Poliner
July 20, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. God bless you and your family during this sad time.
Shelly Woods
July 20, 2018
Kalyn and family, Julie and I are so very sorry to learn of your loss.
Curt Wilkinson
July 20, 2018
I am very sorry for your loss. Such a lovely obituary; he was a brilliant and loving person. Take comfort in the memories and remember the good times. He is no longer suffering. I am praying for your family.
Paula Saracki
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