John F. "Jack" Brah (“The Great One”)
Passed away peacefully on April 6, 2022, at the age of 91 years. Beloved husband of the late Shirley Brah (nee Quick). Much loved father of Tim (Cheryl) Brah and Kathy Brah. Adored grandpa of Christopher Brah, Patrick Brah (Rebecca Sherman) and Caitlin (Travis) Lewis. “The Great One” to Colin, Gavin, Tristin, and Aidan.
Jack was like a second father to Maribeth (Jim) Park, Ed Bonkoski, Jane Bonkoski, Jim (Debby) Bonkoski, and Dick (Debbie) Bonkoski. He was the loved brother-in-law of Joanne Brah and Florence “Twink” Brah. Jack was also loved by his many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Besides his loving wife, Jack was preceded in death by his brothers Tom Brah and Gene Brah, sister Kathleen (Tom) Brown, sister-in-law Betty (Chet) Bonkoski and brother-in-law Bob (Jane) Quick.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place for Jack on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 12:30 PM at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 3970 N. 92nd Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Visitation will be at the church from 11:00 AM until the time of the Eulogy at 12:15pm, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial. Internment at Holy Cross Cemetery following the Mass.
Jack grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, graduated from Marquette University High School and Marquette University. He proudly served his country as a Captain in the United States Marine Corp. He married his beautiful wife, Shirley, in 1952 and they welcomed their two children, Tim and Kathy. Jack and Shirley established their home in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. In the mid 1980’s, Jack started his own investment real estate business (cleverly named “JFB Investment Real Estate”). In 2011 when Shirley passed way, he moved up to their lake home in Eagle River, WI where he spent his final days under the loving care of his daughter, Kathy.
Jack’s three grandchildren were the light of his life. He never missed a sports game or school concert, and he was proud of all of their accomplishments. When his great grandsons came along, Jack requested they call him “The Great One” and the name stuck. It was very fitting – Jack was truly great.
Jack’s quick wit and sense of humor delighted everyone around him. His razzing was always met with a kindhearted smile.
Jack will be missed by everyone who knew him. The family is at peace knowing he has been reunited with the love of his life, Shirley, and many family members and friends who passed before him.
So long, Great One. Thanks for the beautiful memories you left us with.
Donations to the “Wounded Warrior Project” or “Tunnel 2 Towers Foundation” are appreciated.
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Wounded Warrior Project
7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville FL 32256
Tunnels 2 Towers Foundation
2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island NY 10306