|Death: ||Jul. 7, 2007|
William Gerard Michael Brush of Rushland died Saturday, July 7, 2007, at his residence. He was 52.
Bill was the loving husband of Heidi Osterman Brush.
Born in Queens, N.Y., he was the son of the late Walter and Dorothy Larkin Brush.
Bill lived in Woodhaven, Queens, Syracuse, Long Beach and Seaford, N.Y., prior to moving to Wrightstown Township, Bucks County, where he had resided for 21 years.
Bill attended Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, where he played on several All Star baseball teams.
In 1977, he graduated from both Syracuse University and S.U.N.Y. with a bachelor of science degree and a forestry degree. He had an academic scholarship for college and was a member of the crew and rugby teams.
Bill was an avid reader and especially enjoyed military history, weapons and battles from ancient Greece through World War II.
He coached and assisted several tri-township baseball and Pop Warner football teams and encouraged many young athletes.
Bill began his career in 1978 with the U.S. Customs as an inspector at Kennedy Airport and became a member of the Cargo Enforcement Team. As his career advanced, he worked at the World Trade Center for several years, later becoming a CET chief and chief inspector at Newark, N.J., Airport and Seaport. Most recently Bill served as director of the Port of Philadelphia for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Bucks County Courier Times (Levittown, PA) - July 18, 2007
Deceased Name: William Brush
52, customs director
by MILT KRUGMAN COURIER TIMES
William Gerard Michael Brush was director of the port of Philadelphia for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
"That means he was director of the airport and the seaport, and also in Harrisburg and Allentown, and other smaller places," said Heidi, his wife of 29 years. "He liked his job, and was very good at it."
Mr. Brush, a Rushland resident, started his career in 1978 with the U.S. Customs Department as an inspector at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City. He later became a member of the Cargo Enforcement Team. As his career advanced, he worked at the World Trade Center for several years, and achieved the position of chief inspector at the Newark, N.J., airport and seaport.
Mr. Brush, 52, drowned July 7 in his swimming pool at his home.
He was born in Queens, N.Y.. He had lived in Wrightstown for the past 21 years. Mr. Brush coached and assisted several Tri-Township baseball and Pop Warner football teams, and encouraged not only his own two sons but many young athletes to play the games the right way.
"Bill did a lot of volunteer work also with the groups, like mowing and raking the grass," she said. "Working with kids was a lot of fun for him, and I guess he was probably doing that for about 10 years."
An athlete in college, he was a member of the crew and rugby teams at Syracuse University, and played on several all-star baseball teams in high school. He graduated from Syracuse University and the State University of New York in 1977 with bachelor of science and forestry degrees.
"He was a very good provider, and loved his sons beyond everything - they were his life," she said. "He was so proud of them. He was a great father, expected the best of his children, and would do anything to help them."
Mrs. Brush said her husband enjoyed reading about military history.
"He knew everything about the Civil War; that was his special interest," she said. "World War II aircraft and tanks also interested him. We just returned from a vacation in Orlando for two weeks, a couple days before the accident, and while we were down there we stopped at a small museum.
"It was an airplane hangar, and they had a lot of planes, mostly from World War II, and he loved it. He knew all the planes like the back of his hand, and instilled that love of history in our children, especially our oldest son, who is 19. He always wanted his sons to be the best that they could be."
Plot: Section I, Lot 25, Grave 3
Created by: Mike Bell
Record added: Oct 12, 2007
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