William D. Brew
Dunnellon – William D. Brew (aka Bill, Billy, Will, Papa Will, BB1, Bobby), formerly of Wethersfield, CT, passed away on December 12, 2020 at the age of 84. Bill is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 41 years. Sue. In addition, he is survived by his sister-in-law Deborah Dunlap (Jim Look), their daughters Lisa, Adrienne, Susanne and their families; his brother-in-law Skip Stethers his son John and daughters Charlene Trisha and Sarah; Joe (Liz) and daughter Brianne and their family plus several nieces and nephews. Bill had many friends who mourned him, including CT’s Pat Kask, Stacy MacDonald Grecula, and their children Brody, Reese, Reagan, and Treyton; Mark Fries of CT and Dominic Contessa of CT; Seth (Henry) and Melissa Popper from FL. Bill was died of his parents Charles Howard Brew and Anna Claire Cleary Brew, his two brothers; a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law.
Bill was a U.S. Army veteran who served from 1958 to 1959. He graduated from Bridgeport University (BS) and Southern Connecticut State University (MS).
While he was in school, Bill was an exceptional three-man athlete which earned him a full scholarship to the University of Bridgeport. He was a member of the ’51 -’52 State Finalist Basketball Team and received the All State Basketball Honorable Mention. He was the MVP and top scorer in football in CT in 1953 and was the finalist in the CT State High School Golf Championship. Bill was inducted into the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. This marked the beginning of his lifetime achievements, honors, awards, and Hall of Fame inductions.
At Bridgeport University, Bill was selected as an All-New England Soccer Player and the team received the All-American Soccer Team Honorable Mention. The team played in the first NCAA soccer championship in 1959 and finished second. The soccer team played again in the NCAA soccer championship in 1961, finishing third in the nation. Bill was named the game’s MVP in 1961. While playing golf, he was the New England Inter-Collegiate Golf Champion and the Metropolitan Inter-Collegiate Golf Champion. In 1973, Bill was awarded the UB Arnold College Division’s Outstanding Alumni Award for the decade 1961-1970. The soccer team was inducted into the UB Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.
One of Bill’s lifelong passions has been coaching, mentoring and developing young student athletes, emphasizing the importance of personal development, team play and mutual respect. At Quinnipiac College, he was assistant sports director, soccer and golf coach from 1965 to 1974. Many of his players have benefited from his competitive spirit and drive in both football and golf. As a golf coach, he led seven players to All New England honors and an unbeaten season 9-0 in 1974. The team finished 6th in the 1971 ECAC.
Bill built the soccer team into a national program. His coaching earned him the New England Small College Soccer Coach of the Year award. In ten football seasons he had five tournament teams, was fourth nationwide in 1965 and unbeaten in 1966. He later served as president of the New England Soccer Coaches Association.
Bill’s teams won as New England Soccer Champions in 1965 and 1967. He developed 21 All-New England players and one All-American. Bill was inducted into Quinnipiac University’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985. His 1965 soccer team was inducted into Quinnipiac University’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.
From 1967-1970 Bill served as chairman of the NAIA’s All-American Committee. He was a member of the National Rating Board of the National Soccer Coaches Association and chaired the ethics committee that developed the yellow / red card system for players and coaches who behave unethically at soccer games.
Bill had an illustrious amateur golf career, playing locally, nationally and internationally. He confirmed his exceptional skills during his season in 1985 and had a +1 handicap. While a member of the Wethersfield Country Club Bill won the club championship three times. He scored a double-headed eagle and had five holes in one throughout his golf career. He qualified for the section round of the US Open Championship in 1963, 1969 and 1970. In 1969 and 1970 he played in the qualifying round for the National Amateur Championship at Oakhill Country Club and scored a hole-in-one in 1969. Bill was the Connecticut State Amateur Champion in 1971. He teamed up often with Wethersfield member Fred Kask and “they were arguably the best two-man team in Connecticut’s rich golf history.” Bill and Fred were the 1971 medalists with a 65 at the Anderson Memorial Tournament in Winged Foot. Bill was a finalist in the 1966 Royal Canadian Amateur Golf Championship at Summerlea Golf & Country Club and played in 1973 in the British Amateur Championship at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club in South Wales. In his later years he was a member of the prestigious senior society. As said by Bobby Jones, golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; You get good breaks from bad strokes, but you have to play the ball where it lies.
After Bill retired as Major Accounts Executive at Canon USA and Sue retired as Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, they moved to Dunnellon FL.
There are no services to meet Bill’s needs. Roberts Funeral Home took care of the organization and the sentiments can be left online at www.robertsofdunnellon.com. For those who wish to honor his many contributions, his teaching and love of golf can make a contribution to the first tee at CT, 55 Golf Club Road, Cromwell, CT 06416 (email@example.com).
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