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James J. BruntApril 22, 1922 ~ January 7, 2015 (age 92)
Jim Brunt was born in Washington DC on April 22,1922. He spent most of his life in and around the DC area.
His mother passed away when he was a young boy. He then spent several years in Saint Joseph's Catholic School for boys. His sisters were at Saint Vincent's Catholic School. We heard many fond stories about visits from his father and Uncle Frank and their Sunday visits to see his sisters.
He held many jobs over his lifetime including baker at The Olney Inn, first mate on a yacht, truck driver, barber and finally retired with nearly 30 years of service from WSSC as a water filtration operator. He always had a second job as a junk man. He was affectionately known to his friends as "Junky Jim."
Among some of his favorite things, were spending time with his family and friends. He valued them tremendously and sadly lost his son, Jerry, several years ago. For many years, he traveled back to his roots in Ontario, Canada to visit an aunt and cousins.
He enjoyed frequenting his home on the Eastern Shore where he was an avid fisherman and able to spend time with family and friends.
Jim was a great lover of nature and an environmentalist. He always prided himself for sharing a birthday with Earth Day. He loved trees and watching the birds and squirrels. "Beer Trees" always provided a cool place for him to enjoy a "Redneck" beer. He also spent many days enjoying nature from the front porch in the company of his wife, Donna, who passed away nearly 6 years ago. He missed her terribly and looked forward to their reunion.
He is survived by a sister, Margie Smith, daughters Debbie Seitz, Betsy Davis and Jenny Brunt. Also, step children Helen Buzio, Bill Pritchard, Moggie Mackubin and Barbara Drecchio. Also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jim was a dedicated, loving man that will truly be missed by all of his family and friends.
Donations can be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, The Audubon Naturalist Society, or the Arbor Day Foundation.
National Audubon Society
225 Varick St., 7th Floor, New York NY 10014
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
7607 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel MD 20707