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04/20/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Jim Brabrand

James Richard Brabrand
(20 Feb 1940 - 17 Apr 2011)

West Point High School Class of 1958

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 We have still another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Wednesday.    Jim Brabrand, West Point High School Class of 1958, passed away unexpectedly in New Kent on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at the age of 71. His father,   Charles Brabrand, Newport News High School Class of 1928 (09 Nov 1912 - 13 Jan 2011), preceded him in death by three months.

From the Daily Press - 04/20/11:

                James R. Brabrand
      NEW KENT - James Richard "Jim" Brabrand, 71, died unexpectedly Sunday, April 17, 2011, due to complications after surgery.

Jim's loss leaves a grievous and cavernous hole in the Brabrand family. His love for his sons and his wife was never ending. He had an unbounded zest for life and its adventures. His unique charm and charisma endeared him to all he met. Jim's life exemplified the Rotary credo "Service above Self". He found great joy in music, especially bluegrass and barbershop. He played many instruments and loved to sing harmony. He tackled all challenges with tenacity.

Jim was born Feb. 20, 1940, in James City County near Jamestown, to the late Charles and Anita Brabrand. After graduating from West Point High School in 1958, he attended Lee McRae College, Banner Elk, N.C., and completed his education at Virginia Tech's School of Engineering with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering.
Jim Brabrand

He began his career at Newport News Shipyard in the Industrial Engineering Department. After a short stay, he went to NASA at Langley Research Center until 1968. He continued his career at General Cable, Buena Vista, Va., and Lees Carpets, Glasgow, Va., until 1971, when he returned to Newport News to work at the Naval Mine Warfare Engineering Activity until 1995, when the Activity moved to Panama City, Fla. After taking early retirement, he attended NAWCC School of Horology near Lancaster, Pa., to learn to repair and service clocks.

Other activities over the years included serving as president of the Village Green Association, Palmer Elementary PTA, and Hines Middle School PTA, and as treasurer of the Newport News Council of PTA's. After moving to New Kent County, he held several positions of leadership in the local Rotary.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Agnes; his sons and their wives, Scott and Debbie Brabrand of Fairfax, and Doug and Sarah Brabrand of Richmond; and two grandsons, Bennett and William (sons of Scott and Debbie). In addition, he leaves behind two brothers and their wives, Andrew and Betty Brabrand of Montpelier, and Charles and Judy Brabrand of Gloucester. He also leaves his uncle, John and his wife, Cary Brabrand of West Point, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 22, at Vincent Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 417 11th Street, West Point, VA 23181. The funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home with the Rev. Nancy Summerlin officiating. A private interment will be held later.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Brett-Reed Memorial Presbyterian Church, 29680 King William Rd., West Point, VA 23181; First United Methodist Church, 10246 Warwick Blvd., Newport News VA 23601; or any charity of your choosing.

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Published in the Daily Press from April 20 to April 21, 2011.
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April 20, 2011

  I am so sorry for your loss. May God's love comfort you at this time of sorrow.

~ Christine Papa, Richmond, Virginia

April 20, 2011
Charles, Judy and family,
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. You're in my thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to you. I know this has been a very difficult year. May God's love bring you comfort. If there's anything I can do, please let me know.

~ Cindy Ruehrmund, Gloucester, Virginia


April 20, 2011
The Brabrand family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. May God's comforting arms help you find peace in this difficult time.

~ Beth Spivak, Newport News, Virginia

April 20, 2011

The Brabrand family,
May God's comforting hands help you find peace in this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Beth Spivak, Newport News, Virginia

April 20, 2011
Agnes, Scott, and Doug, I am so sorry to hear about Jim. I often think of you all and enjoy hearing about your get-togethers. Please know that my family is keeping you in our prayers.

April 20, 2011
To James Brabrand family I wish to express my deepest sympathy. There is no greater loss than the heart beat of a family. May God give you strength beyond what is normal - 1 Corinthians 4:7 - to get through this difficult time.

~ Unsigned, Chester, Virginia

April 20, 2011
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Dear Scott, Doug and Agnes, there are no words for the grief your family is feeling. Only prayers and love. We lift you all up that God will hold you in His hands and bring you His peace.

Agnes and Family, We offer you our deepest sympathy and support in your time of grief. The ones we love will always live within our hearts. Jim focused on the positive aspects of life and was always there to offer a helping hand to those in need. He made the world a brighter place with his wonderful smile.

~ Jo Anne Lane and Family, Newport News, Virginia

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Brabrand family and their friends.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

It Is Well with My Soul

Words by Horatio G. Spafford, 1873
Music by Philip P. Bliss, 1876

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, tho' trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious tho't:
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

And, Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend,
"Even so" it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

"It Is Well with My Soul" midi (sequenced by Brian M. Ames) and lyrics courtesy of - 11/14/08

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

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