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1175 South State Street
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 734-2281
Fax: (302) 678-1176
Brian Freshwater

Brian D. Freshwater

Tuesday, October 25th, 1966 - Saturday, January 26th, 2019
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Brian D. Freshwater, 52 of Dover Delaware passed away on Saturday January 26, 2019 at Chino Valley Medical Center in Chino California. Brian was born on October 25, 1966 in Sacramento, California .
Brian was a faithful friend to all who knew him. He had many great qualities, he was full of life, resourceful, hard worker, patient,adventurous , compassionate, self-learner, kind ,courageous and a story-teller. Brian loved the outdoors and especially had a love for the beach and kayak fishing. He was a member of the fishing communities DPS, MAKBF and KBF organizations. Being invited to participate at the National level Kayak Bass fishing brought him great pride.
Brian worked for the State of Delaware Information and Technology department as a supervisor in Dover. Previously worked for Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover. He is survived by his wife of 16 years Kathy Freshwater of Dover, son Brian D. Freshwater Jr. of Dover, mother Lani Freshwater of Dover, sister Jennifer Hatter of Danville California, sister Erin (Rob) Schorr of Lancaster Ohio, brother Ted (Jesi) Freshwater of Florence South Carolina. Many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday February 9, 2019 at The Funeral Home of Michael J. Ambruso, 1175 S. State St. Dover, visitation will be offered one hour prior services and on Friday February 8th from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Interment will be in Lakeside M.E. Cemetery, Dover. Condolences may be made via
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 8th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, February 8th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director, Inc.
    1175 S. State Street
    Dover, Delaware 19901
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, February 9th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, February 9th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director, Inc.
    1175 S. State Street
    Dover, Delaware 19901
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, February 9th, 2019 11:00am
    Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director, Inc.
    1175 S. State Street
    Dover, Delaware 19901
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  • Interment

    M.E. Lakeside Cemetery
    558 N. State St., 558 N. State St.
    Dover, Delaware 19901
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Posted at 10:59am
Where do I start? First, I want to thank everyone for coming today. It’s a beautiful testament to how many lives my brother Brian touched. He made such an impact on everyone who got to know him. Although I know I am highly biased, Brian was just a genuinely good person. He lifted people up. He really connected with everyone on some level or another. He could hold a conversation with anyone and relate with you on a level that was genuine and deep. Brian was just an all-around great guy.

There are not enough wonderful words to describe my older brother. Brian was patient, calm, caring, smart, loving, knowledgeable, responsible, dependable, thoughtful, kind, and incredibly funny….. And so many more. He was easily approachable, first to volunteer to help someone out and could be super calm in the most troubling of scenarios. He was incredibly knowledgeable about so many different topics and yet always wanted to learn about new things. He had a really positive “aura" about him that was contagious and infectious. He had a way of just making you happier being in his presence.

It’s been so comforting and wonderful to hear how Brian had such an impact on so many lives. I know he would be overwhelmed by the amount of souls he’s touched in his life. As you can imagine, Brian was the best big brother to me. Sure there were times growing up that I’m sure I bugged and harassed Brian, but we were so close. I remember when he would let me tag along with him and the other neighborhood boys when they would build a “secret fort” back in the woods. When we were young, I remember we would slide down our carpeted staircase at night in laundry baskets or silky sleeping bags to see who could make it to the bottom fastest with the least amount of injuries. I recall Brian and I got into trouble for playing “tic tac toe” on Ted’s face while Ted was asleep. It wouldn’t have been such a big deal, but we were using iodine to play. I can recall Brian making my dad so mad once. I think I was about 8 or so and my family was eating dinner. We were having Veal that night; and I was enjoying it like any other time before….. until Brian told me that veal was a baby cow. I was shocked. How could my dad feed me a baby cow? I was done. I gladly haven’t eaten veal since.  When I was little and couldn’t swim yet, I remember almost drowning at Silver Lake. I had slipped into a deep depression in the sand and I was there for a bit whaling before Brian pulled me out and rescued me. It wouldn’t be the only time he saved me in my life. He was my rock and voice of reason. He was my therapist and mentor. He never gave me bad advice, always seemed to find the “positive” spin on things and helped guide me through the trials and tribulations growing up behind him and my sister. I’ll never be able to thank him enough for his guidance and the “bright light” that he was in my life.

Brian’s greatest accomplishment was being an incredible father to his son Brian Jr. He adored little Brian and wanted him to grow up with as much love as possible. Even after their divorce, I know Brian was sincerely appreciative that he and Laura were always able to get along for the sake of their son. They avoided the toil many divorces take on their young children, and always seemed to manage to put Brian Jr.’s needs and welfare first. Was it always perfect, no….but overall their ability to co-parent would be a model for most people. I know he was always grateful for their mutual love and devotion to Brian Jr. I hope you know how much of your father I see in you. Your mannerisms, your facial expressions, your posture… are so similar to your dad it’s uncanny. The apple definitely didn’t fall far from the tree. I hope you know how much you are loved and how much we all support you. You are my touch stone to probably the best person I had the fortunate honor to know…..and lucky enough to call my big brother

Brian’s greatest love was the life he found and built with Kathy. He loved Kathy so much and all their adventures. He loved the home they built and the yard and garden they tended together. They were true partners in life. They balanced each other out so well, if you spent any time around them… you could feel and see the mutual respect and deep love they shared together. They just “got each other” on such an easy, uncomplicated and deep level. It was a relationship most people envied. They truly demonstrated a complete union of 2 people. They supported each other, were equally adventurous and had a similar dark senses of humor. Brian and Kathy had a way of making each other laugh. It always tickled my heart to hear them tell a story where we all ended up laughing. The way they laughed with each other and giggled…. it was warm and infectious. One of the happiest days I witnessed in my brother’s life was the day he married Kathy. He beamed with an excitement and a happiness I hadn’t ever seen before. They celebrated their love for each other every day. I am so grateful to Kathy for making my brother so happy and fulfilled. And I am forever grateful to Brian for bringing Kathy into our lives and family.
I kindly ask people to do something nice for someone else in honor of my brother. Volunteer your time somewhere to help a friend, family member or even a neighbor. Take a nice afternoon “off” and go out to enjoy the sounds, beauty and wonder of nature. If you are so inclined, go fishing and catch one for Brian. That is what I am going to do to honor the spirit of my big brother.

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We were so lucky to have Brian as a coworker and are saddened to hear of his loss. Thoughts and prayers are sent to Brian's family.
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