Gerald “Jerry” H. Brewis, 62, of Lambertville died Wednesday morning, Oct. 21 at Toledo Hospital with his family by his side in his brave and valiant battle with cancer.
Jerry was born on October 23, 1957, to William M. and Helen Bruce. He is a 1976 graduate of Rogers High School, where he joined the wrestling team and began his machine-trading career. After graduation, he worked in several Toledo job shops, but spent most of his career at Ort Tool and Die in Erie, Michigan, where he retired in 2009.
He is very talented and can hold extremely tight tolerances. Jerry is certified as a Skilled Tool Maker and a UAW Skilled Tool and Die Maker. Teaching and mentoring apprentices on the job has given him a lot of fun and has made many great friendships.
Everyone who met Jerry loved him. He loves his family and friends and would do anything for them. His beautiful green eyes and orange hair set him apart, and he has grown very long over the years. His sense of humor is amazing – he makes everyone laugh. As a dad, he shares a lot of fun with his sons, but when they do something that crosses the line, he says “did you learn anything?” and makes them think about what they did.
He loves NASCAR, racing, woodworking and the Food Network. Finding great recipes and restaurants is a favorite pastime. Always have a checklist when traveling. Still, nothing beats Schmucker’s Wimpy Burgers and Dutch Apple Pie. His taste in music is unique, from oldies to rock. At lunch at Magdalena’s on a Saturday afternoon, you’ll find him tuning in by the jukebox.
On Halloween night in 1978, he met his future wife, Martha, at the Dixie Electric Company in Perrysburg. This is the beginning of a beautiful love story. They were married in Fremont, Ohio in June 1981. The children who survive with his wife are Jason (Kristin Arita) Bruce of Las Vegas and Andrew (Sarah) Bruce of Toledo. Grandsons, Ashley Arita and Lincoln Brewis; mother Helen Brewis, brother William (Sue) Brewis, sister Sherry (Greg) Driver; niece and nephew, Lisa Meek, John Bruce, Amy Jackson (goddaughter) and Shi Dr. Steven Driver and his family. Jerry died before his father and grandparents.
Due to current restrictions, visitation and funeral services will be private. The funeral can be viewed live on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm by visiting Jerry’s Tribute Wall on his walkerfuneralhomes.com page, where condolences and fond memories can also be shared with family members.
A party to celebrate Jerry’s life will be held for family and friends at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice in honor of Jerry.