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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Donald Brush

Donald Brush

January 1, 2019
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Donald Kennedy Brush, 89, beloved husband of Judith (Hill) Brush, died Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield, CT. Born December 6, 1929 to the late Graham M. Brush, Sr. and Marjorie (Gilbert) Brush, Don spent his childhood in Greenwich, CT. He was a graduate of Pomfret Prep School and Yale University, Class of 1951, and after having received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering he worked at Bethlehem Steel in Quincy Massachusetts. He met Judy while teaching her to water ski and impressed with her skills married her and took up residence in Manhattan and Hingham Massachusetts before settling in Ridgefield, CT. He later joined Barden Corp. in Danbury in 1963 and became Vice President and General Manager of Manufacturing. After retiring, they settled in Norfolk, CT where they spent many wonderful years on Doolittle Lake. In the course of his lifetime, Don found it important to give back to his community and did so in many ways which included serving as President of Silver Spring Country Club, President of Doolittle Lake Company, and a Board Member of the Ridgefield Library, Savings Bank of Danbury, Danbury Hospital, Rippowam Cisqua School and Emma Willard School. Don’s greatest pride was his grandchildren and teaching them anything they asked of him which included birding, fishing, nature, playing the piano, golf, tennis, shelling, woodworking, construction, personal finance, sound advice, singing, writing poems and photography. Don loved family gatherings, telling stories and enjoyed traveling, wine, and opera with Judy. To his three daughters, if he gave his word, it was as good as gold and he personified class, as defined by an unknown author as “one who could walk with kings and keep his virtue and talk with crowds and keep the common touch.” He was a man who everyone was comfortable with because he was comfortable with himself.
In addition to his loving wife of 63 years, he is survived by his three daughters, Laurie Matson and her husband Michael of Brookfield, CT, Lise Read and her husband Marshal of New Fairfield, CT and Carrie O’Connor and her husband John of Loudonville, NY; his 7 grandchildren, Kyle and Kate Matson, Ben Read, John (wife Carlene), Ryan, Annabel and Andrew O’Connor; his sisters-in-law, Kay Brush and Louise Davis and her husband David and a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Dave M. Brush and Graham M. Brush.
There are no calling hours and services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 825 Brook Street, I-91 Tech Ctr., Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Please visit Don’s “Book of Memories” at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online tributes.
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Robert Stewart

Posted at 08:09am
May the promise found at Isaiah 25:8 bring some comfort in the death of Donald Brush. "He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces." Just imagine, no more pain and grief due to the death of a love one! By means of the Kingdom that Jesus Christ taught us to pray for at Matthew 6:9,10; God is going to remove sickness, old age and death from the human family. God's original purpose for the earth being a paradise will be realized.
WM

Wally and Judy Matson

Posted at 11:41am
Dear Judy, Laurie, Lise and Carrie. We want to express our deepest sympathy to you at this time. Your husband/dad was a true gentleman and a rare combination of toughness and compassion. We will remember him fondly. And may your memories of him be a source of comfort and pride. We love you all and offer our support when and if you need us.
KB

Ken Brooks

Posted at 09:06am
I am very sorry to read in the Danbury newspaper of your loss. Although over a decade younger than my own Dad, who likewise attended Yale and also spent his last years at Duncaster, your Donald seems to be of that generation that still held to gentlemanliness and courtesy. And by the way, perhaps the unknown author to whom you refer is Rudyard Kipling, who penned these lines as the closing stanza of his immortal ode to true manliness, "If": "If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, ' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!" It sounds like your Donald was such a man. Please accept my condolences. Ken Brooks Danbury, Connecticut
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Ted Harry

Posted at 03:09pm
We are so sorry for your loss. When this happens in our family we need more than human strength. God and his Son can provide what we need. Please review these scriptures : John 5:28-29 “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.” Revelation 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes,and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.
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