John Gurdon Brewster
April 11, 1937 - April 07, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017 2:23 PM
I am very sorry for your lost. You father was an amazing person. I remember his beautiful smile when you got married. I remember when he send you the poem If from Ruydard Kipling that I love. I am sure he is in heaven watching over you and your family. May GOD comfort you with all the good memories that you share.
Liliana Kayali (Long Beach, NY)
Sunday, April 30, 2017 8:43 AM
I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in these words. "Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort." 1 Cor. 1:3. He loved life and lived it with great passion. Please continue find joy in the memories that were made with your loved one, Mr. Brewster.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 10:04 AM
It was my great honor to work with Gurdon to type and edit his memoirs over the past 5+ years. He has yet to publish at least 2 books he had written by hand, and we all will have a sweet gift when they are published.
Gwen Elizabeth Bullock (Ithaca, NY)
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 4:40 AM
I will always remember the warm welcome my friend Marshal and I received from Gurdon and Martie and the Episcopal Church at Cornell in the summer of 1977. We were walking by the clock tower after morning Eucharist and a kind member of ECAC gave us a ride over to Wait Avenue for a barbecue. From that day on, Gurdon and the community he lead challenged and shepherded both of us to make a difference in the world by getting involved with issues that matter and people that need an extra special amount of love and care. I hope we have lived up to that charge - Marshal in his service as a progressive engineer at Cornell and in the Peace Corps after graduation, and me in my efforts as one of Gurdon's many sponsored ordinands in the Episcopal Church and currently serving as an active duty Navy chaplain. Have to share another one of my favorite Gurdon memories: his bringing together of several very homesick freshmen around a crackling fire for a rousing participatory reading of Dickens' A Christmas Carol our first fall/winter in Ithaca. The warmth of Christ, indeed!
Cameron Fish (Currently Yokosuka, Japan, NY)
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 2:50 PM
When thinking of the quintessential Gurdon Brewster memory, for me, it would have to be his firm handshake and warm smile.
Neal Berkey (Binghamton, NY)
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 9:17 AM
I am the lucky owner of one of Gurdon's sculptures - Jesus dancing with Buddha - which my husband David and I bought after one of his exhibits at State of the Art Gallery. I remember how pleased he was to give me the sculpture when it was finished.
The Public Library now has Prophetic Thunder on display, and is proud to be able to take care of this incredible piece of work for as long as necessary, until is has a permanent home.
With love and condolences to the family. Sally Grubb
Sally Grubb (Ithaca, NY)
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 9:16 AM
I have two very special memories of Gurdon. One is when he attended our special service commemorating the ministry or Richard (Ted) Hughes for his years of devoted service to ECC. It meant more than Dick could say that Gurdon would attend that event, choosing it over a high school reunion. What a pastor!
The second is when he preached at Phil Vangeli's funeral. Again, the heart of a pastor shone out like the sun as he preached from that legendary leather book and lifted our hearts to glory and praise of a life of one faithful servant in God's kingdom. A more faithful pastor to Cornell there never was. I will miss him dearly.
The Rev. Clark West (214 Wait Avenue Ithaca, NY)
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 5:43 AM
Gurdon will always have a special place in my heart and memories, for many reasons. I was an active member at the Episcopal Church at Cornell from around 1975 until 1988 when I moved away from the Ithaca area. Gurdon led the ceremony of my marriage in October 1986. I kept in touch recently, sometimes taking my mother, DG, who still lives in Ithaca, to church on Sundays at Trumansburg, and each time, Gurdon and I would hug and laugh and have a great and meaningful conversation about the past and present. I truly believe that he is in heaven now and will be looking down on us with guidance and support. I will miss him.
Robin Gowin (Edison, NJ)
Monday, April 10, 2017 7:56 PM
I have known Gurdon all my life. He's more like family than a friend. He was a kind and gentle person with only good in his heart. He was a great fisherman and was happy when he came to the Palfrey Lake cabins. He always had an encouraging word and an optimistic outlook on life. I will miss him greatly.
Dennis Lounder (Hancock, ME)
Monday, April 10, 2017 9:46 AM
Gurdon was a pastor to me when I first came to Ithaca in the 1970's, and was a friend and inspiration to me as I did activist work, ventured through seminary, and as my husband and I started up Rune Hill Retreat and Earth Awareness Center. As the Center grew, he and Martha were on our Board, giving us guidance and encouragement. He was a big influence in my life, and I am grateful for so many gifts that he brought to the world. May his spirit walk in peace and joy even as we grieve his passing. My love and condolences to the Brewster family.
Diane Gibbons (West Chesterfield, NH)