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Marys­town mayor hon­ours me­mory of veteran George Brushett

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FAR­RELL MARYS­TOWN, N.L.

Marys­town Mayor Sam Sy­nard left some­thing spe­cial be­hind dur­ing a re­cent trip to France.

Sy­nard ex­plained that dur­ing the trip to Le Havre, Nor­mandy, France in May, he and his wife rented a car and made the fourhour jour­ney to the Juno Cen­tre and Park.

While there the Marys­town mayor buried a fu­neral card be­long­ing to the late George Brushett, a veteran of the Sec­ond World War who passed away in Jan­uary at the age of 98.

Brushett served as a gun­ner with the Royal Ar­tillery 59th (New­found­land) Heavy Reg­i­ment.

“When he died I went to his fu­neral as mayor to rep­re­sent the town, and (af­ter) the fam­ily sent me a mass card, a tra­di­tional lam­i­nate mass card that peo­ple of­ten do up af­ter funer­als,” he said.

Sy­nard added that hav­ing re­ceived the mass card and know­ing that he had al­ready planned to go to Juno Beach, he sought per­mis­sion from the fam­ily to leave the leave the card at Juno.

“They were more than okay with it,” he said. “They ap­pre­ci­ated the fact that I thought about (do­ing) it and ap­pre­ci­ated the fact that we were go­ing to leave a small bit of Mr. Brushett back in Europe.”

Sy­nard added that like a lot of vet­er­ans, Brushett had wanted an op­por­tu­nity to re­turn to Europe, “but very few vet­er­ans had the op­por­tu­nity to go to Europe, so this is my way of do­ing some­thing for him, so I buried a pic­ture of him in the sand.”


In an e-mail to The South­ern Gazette, Jeff Brushett, son of the late George Brushett, said the fam­ily would like to thank Sy­nard for his keen sense of in­ge­nu­ity, in the thought­ful and re­spect­ful ges­ture he did in his fa­ther’s me­mory.

“We are very hon­oured as a fam­ily by this,” Jess said. “It gives us great warmth and The fu­neral card for the late George Brushett

com­fort to see how much Dad was loved and re­spected by the Mayor and the en­tire com­mu­nity — it’s nice to know that he will not be for­got­ten. Dad was a gentle­man in ev­ery sense of the word and a ‘true war hero.’

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Sam Sy­nard left a pic­ture of the late George Brushett buried in the sand of Juno Beach in France re­cently.


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