James “Deacon” Brew

James “Deacon” Brew

POTOMAC, MD—James “Deacon” Brew died February 8, 2019.

He was born at Georgetown University Hospital on August 15, 1996. Deacon was the son of John and Tracy Brew of Potomac, Md. He attended St. Patrick’s Day School and graduated from the Landon School in 2015. He attended Colorado College and the Savannah School of Art and Design.

Deacon was an accomplished artist and athlete. His paintings expressed his unique perspective, passion and imagination. Deacon was a resident artist at the Makers Workspace in Berkeley, Calif. His works were finalists in numerous art shows in the D.C. area and won the Yellow Barn Professional Art Competition.

Deacon was a team member and instructor at the successful River Falls Tennis Club, and a member of the Landon tennis team, which was a co-champion of the Interstate Athletic Conference all four years he played. He was named to the All Montgomery County tennis team twice and to the IAC All-Conference team. With great anticipation and skill, he made his teammates better.

Deacon loved the outdoors, hiking, waterskiing, snow skiing and golf. He was a film buff, possessing encyclopedic knowledge of actors, directors, dialogue and cinematography. Quiet and reserved, Deacon had a witty sense of humor and a knack for delivering memorable one-liners.

Deacon is survived by his parents; sister, Grace Ann Brew; brother, John Baxter Brew; grandmother, Elaine Overcash Hanbury; and 19 loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

A private service will be held at Pumphrey’s Funeral Home, Bethesda, Md. In lieu of flowers, please donate “In Memory of Deacon Brew” to the C&O Canal Trust, one of Deacon’s favorite spots for runs and hikes: C&O Canal Trust, 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740, https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/COCanalTrust/OnlineDonation.html.