John Joseph Brett, III

Date of Death: 
January 6, 2018

John Joseph Brett III, of Cape Coral, Florida, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018 after a two year battle with cancer.

John was born February 19, 1957 in Philadelphia, PA to John and Mary (Duffy) Brett. He graduated from Cardinal Dougherty High School and went on to work in the auto and tire industry for more than 30 years. Upon retirement, he moved to Cape Coral, Florida with his girlfriend Joy and their two beloved dogs Mary and Peyton. He was an avid fan of the baseball - especially the Philadelphia Phillies, cars, Harley Davidson, and the Kansas City Chiefs and enjoyed spending time with family and friends and brewing his own beer. Most recently John took great pride in maintaining two rental properties in Florida where he could welcome visitors to the sunny state he had grown to love.

John is survived by his girlfriend Joy Lucas, daughter Kathleen (Ray) Buber, son John Brett, daughter Megan Brett, grandson Jack Buber, sister Bridget (Hugh) Hunter, brother Ignatius Brett, nieces Sarah Hunter and Moira Hunter, and many loving friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call Saturday, January 20th, at Galzerano Funeral Home from 10 to 11am, 9304 Old Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19115. Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers memorials donations can be made to the American Cancer Society at

Memories and Condolences

John, you were a great neighbor when you lived up here. You were always the life of the party. The one thing that gives us solice is that you are no longer suffering. Rest easy man.

John.. You were a fun loving guy that I was excited to also call a friend. You always amazed me with your positive outlook on your struggles and how you had no doubt you were going to beat this. I truly thought you were.. My most heartfelt condolences to Joy and your 3 children, whom I look forward to meeting. God Speed John..

John was a great friend. I wish I’d gotten to spend more time with him. At least for a chance of one time having him call it a night before me. It would likely never happen anyway.

He tied friendship, hospitality and a profound generosity together in a way few others ever have or ever will. As a guest in his home my family and I always had a full belly and my can was always ice cold and full. He had a big hearty laugh and brewed a great Pale Ale. Spending time with John was always an adventure even if we just sat in his yard.

Love you man!!! I miss you greatly and you’ll never be forgotten.

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