Cecil Jackson Brewer
Jack was born in Trenton, Tennessee. Experiencing a challenging childhood during the Depression, he arrived alone in Steubenville, Ohio as a young teen. After learning many life skills from his Uncle Slim, he volunteered for the Army in 1943. He was in the Army Artillery under the command of General George Patton. He entered France on the beaches of Normandy and earned five battle stars participating in multiple campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. The storied Battle of the Bulge was probably the most well-known battle in which he fought for freedom.
Returning from the war, he met and married Jo Anne Brewer, a 19-year old girl "with the prettiest green eyes" at Canton Sportswear. The men wore white shirts and ties as they carried heavy bolts of fabric for the cutting table girls. He spent his entire life after the war in Canton. With a close circle of friends in the trades, they built houses for each other. He lived in that house until the last few weeks of his life. He was employed as a steelworker fitter at Babcock & Wilcox, rising to the post of inspector prior to retiring after 30 years. Retirement involved golfing with his best friend, Mike Madek, gardening, and time with family. He loved music and especially loved when his children would get together and sing. He was a long-time fan of the Cleveland Indians. After sixty-seven years of marriage and providing a safe home for his children, life's journey took him to the next phase.
His peaceful transition was aided by Aultman Hospice: Kelly Lautzenheiser, Patty Abrams, Sarah Cochran, Chris Jurovcik, and Chris Scott. Hospice volunteer, Dave Smithberger, used his gift of compassion put into action to help in a thousand valuable ways. His kindness will always be cherished by the family. Compassion Delivered provided wonderful and thoughtful meals. Canton Regency exceeded our expectations in caring for Jack and the family in the last days.
Jack is survived by his wife, Jo Anne, daughters Cathy and Sandy (husband Fred), sons Jack (wife Joann), Ted (wife Terri) and Dan (wife Teble). His daughter, Linda, preceded him in death in 2005. He enjoyed many grandchildren: Jack Jr., Robert, (deceased), Jennifer, Vern III, Christopher, John, Mitchell, Kyle, Ryan, and Aaron. His great grandchildren include John, Becca, (of grandson Robert), Christopher, Nathan, Nicholas, (of grandson Jack Jr.), Trianna, Robie, Evie, (of granddaughter Jennifer), Callie, Cayden (of grandson Christopher) and Morgan, Ethan (of grandson Vern III). He was preceded in death by his sister, Georgia Robinson and brothers Robert, Gerald, and Douglas.
Reed's Funeral Home in Canton, Ohio will provide a graveside service Friday, May 18th at 11:00 a.m. at North Lawn Cemetery 4927 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, Ohio 44709 for family and friends. Donations may be directed to Compassion Delivered and Aultman Hospice.
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