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Beverley Margaret Brigandi

Posted By Hall-Wynne On April 19, 2015 @ 10:32 am In Durham,Obituaries | 3 Comments

DURHAM -Beverley Brigandi of Durham NC, died from massive stroke on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the age of 72. She was an accomplished artist, educator, consultant, and published author.

Beverley was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to parents John and Marie Brigandi on January 3, 1943. She was the second of three daughters. She graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in Education. In 1965, she began a distinguished teaching career in the Sachem School District. After attending art education classes at Columbia University, she moved to Katonah, N.Y., and taught art in the Lakeland Central School District. After retirement, she became the educational consultant at the John Jay Historical Society, Katonah Museum, Scarsdale Historical Society, and, later, the Neuberger Museum at SUNY Purchase. After moving to Durham, N.C., she began a new career as a romance novelist. Her seventh and last novel, Kicking Sawdust, was published in 2015. She was a member of the North Carolina Romance Writers Association.
Beverley is survived by her companion of over fifty years, Sally Pearson; her sisters, Arlene and Denise; her nephews, John and Darren; and her brother-in-law, Joseph P.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00am Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Holy Infant Church with Rev. David Devlin, OSFS officiating. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Beverley’s remarkable life.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Catholic Indian Charities Foundation.

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Condolence from Rebecca Ward on April 20th, 2015 2:13 pm

I traveled with Bev to France last Oct. She was so kind and considerate..a sweet, quiet, reflective person. I am so sorry to hear of her passing away so soon after meeting her and glad we met. She seemed happy and was living her dreams. May she rest in peace!

Condolence from Rachel on April 28th, 2015 12:19 am

Beverley asked me to read her last novel and write a review. I felt honored she asked me. She was the type of person one could not say “no” to. Kindness was a huge part of her personality. Those who surrounded her in life have felt tremendous sorrow at her passing. We will miss her very much. But we are also so thankful she was part of our lives.

Condolences to Sally and to the Brigandi family and friends

Condolence from Mary Baldessari O’Rourke on June 9th, 2015 2:30 pm

My condolences to Sally, Arlene, Joe, Denise, Roberta and all Bev’s family. I have known Beverely since High School. She was always sensitive, thoughtful and most importantly caring. Bev grew and evolved so much since our HS days. She realized her value as a writer as well as an artist. Her novels are a permanent legacy. I’m so glad for our phone calls but I will not see her in NY in July as planned. Her passing is a great loss.

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