David John Brezin
David John Brezin, 63, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2018. He was the son of Hank and Mary Brezin and brother to Marty, Joan (Jody) and Tom Phillips, Mike, and Mary and Brian Dingwall. Here is a letter we could imagine David writing . .
I am so happy to be back with Mom and Dad here in heaven! I missed them so much, I would cry thinking about them. From my birth, they didn’t see me as different or deficient, they saw me as David. They brought me willingly, naturally, into their world of friends, church, and home which, for the times, was an almost unheard of act of courage. I felt loved every day. I am also happy to see my brother, Marty, here with me again too.
When Mom and Dad returned to heaven, I was confused, lonely, hurt. My sisters and brothers helped me. Jody, my older sister had been very loving and protecting of me from when I was a young boy. When she took me into her home, I began to feel safe and comfortable. I’ve received a special love from her – and Tom and Tim, their son and my buddy – that gave me strength and joy once again.
I won’t say I didn’t face difficulties in life, I did, but mostly I lived a charmed life for which I am very grateful. I was raised in love at 2005 Park Ave. by my family. Their friends were happy to see me. I was often able to do things I loved, like play cards, watch TV, practice piano, go swimming at the Y, and play with our dogs. I especially liked to go bowling. I got a special joy when I would beat my dad or brothers and sisters. I received a great education at St. Coletta School (Jefferson, WI) and then from Sumner School. I had fantastic times at summer camp at Camp Echo. Through the years, I enjoyed many dances, cleaning house, especially vacuuming, and singing with friends. I was always happy to hug my friends, to tease them sometimes, and to help as I could. I gave a soothing neck and shoulder rub to family members in need. I was always ready for one of Tom’s Old Fashion’s at happy hour. I slept easy.
I would like to think that my main accomplishment in life is that I reminded people to love one another. I worked very hard on that with my brothers and sisters. It was natural for them to be sometimes embarrassed by me when we were young. As we aged, I could sometimes frustrate them with my slow walking or rarely, but sometimes, by being ornery. I was a teacher, not a saint. They turned out pretty good, so I guess I did a pretty decent job. It brings me joy to see how accepting and caring they are of people who are different from them.
There are many friends who helped me over the last few years as my health and memory deteriorated. I couldn’t tell you how much I appreciated your spending time with me, bringing me milkshakes or music or just sitting with me. I know you helped my sister, Jody, as well. I would also like to thank the staff and residents at Eagle Pointe Nursing Home for being so kind to me. You all put a loving glow on what was admittedly a very difficult time. I hope I returned the favor.
Thank you one and all. My work on this earth is done. Live your life in love. I look forward to seeing you in the by and by. Love, David
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with Father John Gallagher officiating.
Inurnment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
Gathering of friends and family will be Monday 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wood County Society (sponsor of Camp Echo), 1411 Grand Center, Suite 8, Vienna, WV 26105.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com