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David John Bremner was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility. Johnny was born on February 2, 1921 at NY Presbyterian Church in New York, NY. His parents were David John Bremner and Margaret Macadie. Johnny was raised in New York, NY (Manhattan Burrow). He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life. As a young child, Johnny was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Johnny developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Johnny took part in track and boxing. He was a Boy Scout. In his spare time he liked drawing and painting (artist). Johnny's memorable achievements included picked to attend Manhattan High School of Aviation Trades. However, what Johnny enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with...
David John Bremner was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.
Johnny was born on February 2, 1921 at NY Presbyterian Church in New York, NY. His parents were David John Bremner and Margaret Macadie. Johnny was raised in New York, NY (Manhattan Burrow). He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.
As a young child, Johnny was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Johnny developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Johnny took part in track and boxing. He was a Boy Scout. In his spare time he liked drawing and painting (artist). Johnny's memorable achievements included picked to attend Manhattan High School of Aviation Trades. However, what Johnny enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.
While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Johnny as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Manhattan High School of Aviation Trades in 1941. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Mechanical Drawing. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Isaac Allen. While attending High School. Johhny became a Certified Aviation Mechanic. Johnny was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Johnny always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.
College life brought with it a new set of challenges, but Johnny handled them well. Being a critical thinker who always remained intellectually independent, Johnny was able to focus on the task at hand in order to complete his class work. He seemed to thrive on college reading assignments, something that often bogged down his classmates. Johnny was able to read the material and retain the information in a way that impressed his fellow classmates. The ability to efficiently complete the task at hand was a skill that served Johnny well during his college experience. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Art. He also pursued earning his Master Aviation Mechanic. His favorite courses were art.
Always considered to be a solid friend, Johnny was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Johnny was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Johnny to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were Fredrick Bremner and John Burger. Later in life, he became friends with John Burger.
On July 31, 1946 Johnny exchanged wedding vows with Aurelia Kountz at the New York Presbyterian Church of New York, NY. Compassionate and devoted to Aurelia, Johnny held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Aurelia and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.
Johnny brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Johnny was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Johnny was blessed with three children, Robert David Bremner, Craig Steven Bremner and Douglas Keith Bremner. They were also blessed with two grandchildren, Phillip John Bremner and Paige Kim Bremner.
Johnny greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Johnny enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Johnny was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was Owner of printing company. He was employed for 25 years - Bremner Printing. Johnny worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.
Johnny was a Navy Workd War II Veteran. He was served on the USS Lexington - Pacific Ocean. Johnny saw action for 3 1/2 years, during WWII. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Aviation Machinist's Mate Third Class. He received praise for his valor, including being awarded Good Conduct, Victory Medal, Presidential Unit Citation for Extraordinary Heroism. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Johnny seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.
Johnny liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Johnny always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were art, drawing, stamp and coin collecting and gardening. Johnny was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.
Johnny found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. In high school, Johnny played track and dance. Recreational sports included softball. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football.
Many organizations were grateful to have Johnny as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Johnny was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. In high school, Johnny was a member of the Dance Club. Throughout his later years, Johnny was an active member of the Apartment Association, Bridge Club and Boy Scout.
As a man who always showed great commitment to the things he believed in, it’s little wonder that Johnny was so active in his community. Being practical and mentally disciplined, Johnny preferred to base his decisions on first-hand experiences. Johnny was never afraid to roll up his sleeves and dig right in. Johnny was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the Boy Scouts.
Johnny was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member Grandview Presbyterian Church. During that time, he was an usher. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.
Johnny sought out practical solutions, not individual recognition. He was always grounded and objective, feeling a strong sense of responsibility for taking care of what needed to be done. This selfless attitude earned Johnny many accolades for his efforts and achievements. Some of his most prestigious awards included Boy Scout Leader.
Johnny enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Johnny appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Johnny always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included Carribean Cruise.
Johnny was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Johnny’s favorites was dog, Spats - Ilasa apso. They were best friends for 15 years. His family was rounded out by his cat in his youth.
When Johnny’s retirement finally arrived in 1986, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. His new life involved relocating to Henderson, Nevada. In retirement, he found new pleasure in painting, grandkid's activities and gardening. Even in retirement, Johnny continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.
David John Bremner passed away on March 14, 2013 at Henderson, Nevada, of renal failure. He is survived by children: Robert, Doug and Craig Bremner. Grandchildren: Phillip and Paige. Services were held at Palm Mortuary, Henderson, Nevada. Johnny was laid to rest in Palm Henderson Cemetery, Henderson, Nevada.
Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of David John Bremner. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.
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