Peter Brett

Obituary of Peter Brett

Peter Lewis Brett, Sr., 90, died on January 3, 2018.  He is predeceased by his father, mother, and brother, William H. Brett, Jr., Ruth Connolly Brett, and William H. Brett, III.  He leaves behind his beloved and adoring wife of 69 years, Jacquelyn Pettine Brett, and his three children Peter Jr., Stephen, and Kate Lewis.  He also leaves two sons-in-law, Geoff Lewis (husband to Kate), and Kyle Walton (husband to Peter), and a daughter-in-law, Diane Brett (wife to Stephen).  His four grandchildren, whom he loved dearly, are Daniel and Josh Brett and Betsy and Jackie Lewis.  

Peter grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio and graduated from Western Reserve Academy in 1945.  He attended the Naval Academy and graduated from Harvard University in 1950.  He served in the US Navy during the Korean war and returned to a non-military career with Olin Corporation where he spent 33 years.  During those years he and his family lived in Godfrey, Illinois, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and Madison, Connecticut.  When he retired in 1983, he and his wife moved to Northern Virginia.  

He spent the second half of his life splitting his time between Bonita Springs, FL and Virginia, volunteering for Meals On Wheels and as an usher for the local Episcopal Church. He also helped people with their taxes, and played tennis well into his 70s.  But, mostly, he remained the rock of his family, the one to whom all turned for sound wisdom and encouragement, which he always gave with a twinkle in his eye.

A Memorial Service will be held for Peter at 4:00 pm on January 27, 2018 and a rockin' celebration of his life will continue immediately afterward at The Hyatt Regency, Reston Town Center, 1800 Presidents St, Reston, VA 20190.

Since Peter's wife suffers from Alzheimer's, donations may be made in both their honors to Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation.  And, since he was a champion for women and their health, a donation may be made in his name to Planned Parenthood.  He also believed that all human beings deserve a chance to be free and pursue happiness, so a donation may be made in his name to either the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or the American Civil Liberties Union.