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Joseph Brett

Posted By Hall-Wynne On July 30, 2018 @ 4:46 pm In Durham,News,Obituaries | 18 Comments

Joseph Brett, 74, of Durham, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2018 after spending the day with his family.

He was born to the late Joseph and Catherine Brett on December 9, 1943 in Dover, New Jersey. Joseph attended Morris Catholic High School, and worked at BioMerieux for 48 years. He married his wife, Gloria, on August 18, 1970, raised four children together and moved to Durham in 1988, where they continued to grow and support their family.

Joseph loved watching football on Sundays, relaxing on the porch during thunderstorms, and going on long road trips. His favorite trips were to Daytona Beach and Atlantic Beach with his family, where they made lasting memories taking early morning walks by the ocean. He was a devoted Catholic and an active member of his church, Immaculate Conception. But Joseph’s most defining trait was the unconditional love and support he gave his family.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Gloria Brett, and their four children: Darrin Brett and his wife Sarah, Catherine Underwood and her husband John, Brian Brett and his wife Ann, and Joseph Brett and his wife Lisa. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Josh, Alex, Tonya, Jesse, and John; two great-grandchildren: Payton and Aubrie; as well as his brother Daniel Brett, his wife Karen, and their son Sean.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:30 am at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home Chapel on 1113 West Main Street, Durham, NC. A visitation will follow the service from 11am-1pm.

Condolences for the family of “Joseph Brett”

Condolence from Lisa on July 30th, 2018 6:45 pm

I love your big warm sweet family and I’m so sorry. You’re all in my prayers
Lisa Hambleton

Condolence from Steve Sinatra on July 30th, 2018 11:52 pm

Rest in Peace Mr. Brett. You were like a father to me when growing up. Thank you for everything.

Condolence from Karen Quinn on July 31st, 2018 4:10 am

I work with Joe in New Jersey and North Carolina. I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family.

Condolence from Regina Bowling on July 31st, 2018 10:42 am

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. I have fond memories of he and Art Inza showing me how to process sugars for the API micro strips when I was working in the pilot plant at Organon Teknika. Both he and Art liked joking around with me. They made working in manufacturing enjoyable and definitely made my job easier at the time.

Condolence from Lorena Hopson on July 31st, 2018 11:22 am

To the family,
I worked with Joe in NJ and here in NC. He was always pleasant and kind and willing to help.
I am praying for comfort for you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Frank McBride on July 31st, 2018 1:18 pm

Joe Brett was a true friend and family man. We had many good times together.
Joe will be remembered in my prayers. G

Condolence from Shirley Roberts on July 31st, 2018 2:26 pm

I worked with Joe at BioMerieux 19 years. He was always concern about everyone’s health and happiness. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Rest In Peace.

Condolence from Larraine Brinley on July 31st, 2018 3:19 pm

Gloria and family……please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of Joe. I remember him well from MCHS, but most recently at our 50th class reunion. Joe is now with the Lord, without pain, and will protect you from above. I am sure he left all of you with many happy memories. My prayers and thoughts go out to all of the family.

Condolence from Theresa Shouse on July 31st, 2018 4:56 pm

I am sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was such a wonderful person and always kind to others. Heaven has gained another angel.

Condolence from Art Inza on July 31st, 2018 6:03 pm

Joe was a friend and co worker in NJ for many years and we continued to work together after relocating to NC. We had many good times together. Joe had a very good sense of humor and we did have lots of laughs talking about different subjects. Joe was a good friend and will be missed . My condolences and prayers to Gloria and the family.

Condolence from Ruth Inza on July 31st, 2018 6:09 pm

I feel like I have known Joe forever between Warner Lambert, Organon Teknika, Biomeriux and being a neighbor in NC. He had a big heart when it came to others. He will be missed. My prayers go out to Gloria and the kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Condolence from Glen Allen Dean on August 1st, 2018 12:40 am

My heart, and condolences go out to you all.
I love you and will always cherish my memories of one of the greatest Uncles ever.
May God bless you all and hold you all close to him in this time.

Love and miss you.


Condolence from Kathy Markham on August 1st, 2018 3:02 pm

May God bless you with his comfort in your time of sorrow. I know he will be missed till you meet again.

Condolence from Tina Dean on August 4th, 2018 3:48 am

U were one of the best uncle anybody could ever ask for shared alot of good memories at the beach and Disney world with u will always love and cherish all the memories we had gone but not forgotten till we meet again I love you Uncle Joe

Condolence from Maureen (Flynn) Leo on August 6th, 2018 7:40 pm

Dear Gloria and family, So sad to hear about Joe’s passing. We both attended the 50th class MCHS reunion. It was glad you made the trip and to see Joe again. He was such a gentle and kind human being
and it was great how proud he was of his family.
My sincerest sympathies and my all the memories you hold so dear remain in your hearts forever.

Condolence from Valerie brett on August 18th, 2018 2:04 pm

Im sending my condolenses my name is valerie brett from chester England i do beleive we are of the same family tree…

Condolence from Annie Lavin on May 6th, 2019 11:01 pm

I am sorry for your loss, please accept my condolences….I was a friend of Joe & Gloria back in days of Dover he was a GREAT man

Condolence from George Dean on November 29th, 2019 11:01 am

To Gloria and the family, Joe was my best friend. I enjoyed all the time we all spent together on vacations especially Daytona Beach one of our favorite places. I will miss you my friend rest in peace you are in a better place now without pain. My condolences go out to Gloria and the rest of the family.

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