January 14, 1978 - July 1, 2006
Man remembered for drive, maturityRyan Earl Brew started walking when he was 8 months old.
Reggie Brew said this was the first example of how his son was an early achiever.
Because of his determination, attitude and talent, Brew accomplished a great deal in his 28 years, friends and family say.
Brew, of Leland, died July 1. He was diagnosed with leukemia 4 1/2 years ago.
His life was celebrated July 5 during a funeral service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Leland.
His "immediate appeal was his maturity beyond his years," said Randy Fennell, who met Brew when he was a coach at Leland Middle School.
Brew "was focused and seemed to know exactly where he was headed … even as a seventhgrader," he added.
Fennell attributed some of his success to the moral influence of his parents, Reggie and Pam Brew, and his strong family ties. Other survivors include four siblings: David Brew, of Winston-Salem, Lindsey Brew, of Raleigh, and Staci Brew and Taelor Brew, both of Leland.
Fennell also coached Brew when he was a member of the football and baseball teams at North Brunswick High School.
He graduated in 1996.
As the new freshman quarterback, Brew was a "vocal leader," Fennell noted.
"You usually expect (freshman quarterbacks) to be a little timid and passive," he said. "But he had control of the huddle."
He played quarterback all four years in high school.
The North Brunswick High School baseball team won the state championship in 1996. As catcher, Brew was named MVP of the tournament.
A year earlier, he became an Eagle Scout. He joined the Boy Scouts at 11 and always enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Even after he became sick, he continued to enjoy the outdoors when he could, Reggie Brew said.
After attending the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for a semester, Brew went on a church mission trip to Romania. He stayed in the country for about two years and became fluent in the language, Reggie Brew said.
Brew also was fluent in French. When he returned to the United States, he studied at North Carolina State University.
He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry with a double minor in biology and French in 2004.
Reggie Brew said his son planned on "a career in medicine."
Brew continued to take classes even after he was sick.
"He wasn't going to do anything halfway," Fennell said.
His father noted he continued to be positive and always worried more about other people. Several friends visited Brew the weekend before he died, his father added.
"I think we live in a selfish society ... and Ryan never bought into that. He uplifted me in so many ways," Fennell noted.
I can't really say anything right now. But I'll add my feelings later.