MARYSTOWN, NL – Friends, family and indeed a whole community mourned the loss of George Brushett, who passed away at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre on Jan. 26.
Flags in Marystown town were flown at half-mast in honour of the 98-year-old Second World War veteran on Jan. 30.
“We decided to lower the flags because Mr. Brushett was the oldest living veteran from Marystown,” explained Mayor Sam Synard.
Brushett joined the Royal Artillery 59th Heavy Regiment as a gunner at the age of 21 and was first stationed with his unit in England in an anti-invasion role. His unit was later deployed to France, where they took part in the Battle of Normandy.
Brushett and his unit also saw action in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. He served until July 30, 1945.
Upon completion of his service he returned to his hometown of Burin.
At the age of 27, Brushett joined the Hiram Masonic Lodge in Burin, an organization he remained part of for 71 years. The Masonic Lodge honoured him in 2016 for his dedication.
Brushett was also a lifelong member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 29 in Burin, having been a member for 66 years.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Frances; daughter Ann Forsey (Nathaniel) of Kingston, ON; sons George Ernie (Joanne) of Creston North, Gary (Linda) of Grand Bank, and Jeffery (Lorna) of Creston North; grandchildren Chris, Melissa, Andrew, Justin, Jamie, Ashley, Robyn and Hannah; great-grandchildren Julia, Jacob, Lilly, Jesse and Jack; brother Donald Brushett of Halifax, and many other family and friends. He was predeceased by his brothers Douglas and Leonard, and sisters Jessie, Evalen, Edith Mary, Helena and Victoria.