Life Story / Obituary
It is with great sadness that we are forced to say goodbye. Scott Brewer was a devoted father and grandfather, and a cherished brother and friend to so many. He lived a life that focused on his true passions - his children, fishing, and being outdoors by the water. Though he lived a full life, he was taken from us too soon.
In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson was forced to endure leading the United States while the Vietnam War continued with over 500,000 troops in service. There were many exciting inventions and debuts during the year to help take the mind off the conflicts abroad. Up in space, the United States was in a race with the USSR to explore more and prove supremacy in spaceflight capabilities. Fictionally, the series “Star Trek” premiered introducing those inhabiting the Earth with Captain Kirk who resided on the USS Enterprise starship. Girls were wearing the stylish new miniskirt fashion while turning up their stereos full blast to listen to The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones. And luckily for the growing United States population (exceeding 195 million), Pampers introduced the first disposable diapers. This was good news for parents to be, David and Barbara (Jones) Brewer because, on May 6th, they welcomed their first child into the world. They named him Scott Gregory, and he was the light of their lives.
In the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Scott’s dad was in real estate, and his mother stayed home and worked as an administrative assistant. The family had a home located on the West Side, and this is where Scott spent his childhood. Before long, his parents celebrated the birth of a daughter, Stacy, who would become Scott’s little sister and best friend throughout their lives together. The Brewer’s shared many happy moments together and worked through the natural squabbles that arise within a family. They also took turns hosting and celebrating many holidays with extended family. Scott and his sister enjoyed vacationing with their parents to places such as Florida, Busch Gardens, Disney, and Mackinac Island.
When vacation was not an option because of other responsibilities (like school), Scott started school at Shawmut Elementary. The first days were not at all easy for him, in fact, he started walking to the school, but promptly turned around saying he did not want to go! After lots of encouragement and reassurance, he found the courage to stick it out for the long haul. He successfully made it through Oakleigh Middle School and proceeded to complete his education at Union High School. During much of his schooling, he played baseball and participated in wrestling later. In high school, he decided to give football a try and did well, but luck was not on his side when he broke his leg. The high school sports were good for Scott, but his first and true loves were fishing and golfing which he continued to passionately enjoy throughout his life.
After high school graduation, Scott went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Accounting. He worked for some time as a public accountant but eventually began his own accounting business. He worked diligently to make certain his business prospered.
When Scott became a father, he felt as if he had been given the best gifts of his life. His precious daughter, Ashley was born on February 20, 1991. She would forever be his favorite girl. Just a couple years later, on December 30, 1993, he was blessed with a son, Cody Brewer. He would be his dad’s lifelong fishing partner and fellow Red Wings fan. As life moved along, Scott also had the privilege to celebrate the joy of grandchildren. He was given two at once with the birth of twins, Scottie and Savanna. He absolutely adored them both and spent as much time as he could with them.
When Scott was not enjoying his children and grandchildren, he was very busy. If he could have fished all day, every day - he just might have done that. If resources had allowed, Scott would have built a house in the middle of a lake just so he could fish all the time! Unfortunately, he did not have those resources, but he made sure to satisfy his desire to fish much of the time. When he was not reeling in a big one, he enjoyed listening to Garth Brooks and taking care of the gear that provided all his fun - golf clubs and fishing equipment. He would stop to eat once in a while, pizza and ice cream were two of his favorites if he did not have time to man the grill.
Scott leaves behind a life filled with the appreciation of the outdoors. He was an easy-going, fun-loving friend to everyone he knew. His compassion for others was always evident in the way he lived his daily life. It was in Scott's nature to look out for others before himself; he was dedicated to taking care of others. All of these admirable traits of Scott’s life will surely be missed. We will hold all our memories of him close to our hearts, and he will never be forgotten. It is a comfort to know that he is now playing the ultimate 18 hole golf course and catching unbelievable fish, after fish, after fish.
BREWER, Scott G.
Grand Rapids, MI
Scott Gregory Brewer, born May 6, 1966, is now playing the ultimate 18 and catching unbelievable fish. He was so proud of his children, Ashley and Cody Brewer, his grandchildren, Scottie and Savanna, and his sister, Stacy. Scott is also survived by his parents, Barb and Lee Bruinekool and David and Sherri Brewer. Growing up Scott excelled at sports, loved golf, fishing and the Red Wings. As an accountant he owned his own business. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, March 26th from 1-3 PM at the Heritage Life Story Funeral Home, 2120 Lake Michigan Drive NW. Please visit Scott's personal web page to learn more of his life story, leave a memory or condolence at www.lifestorynet.com.