Brian Christopher Wren

June 6, 1979 - July 8, 2019
Brian Christopher Wren

Brian Christopher Wren, 40, of Wilmington, passed away Monday, July 8, 2019 in a tragic boating accident. He was fatally injured while attempting to help free another boat stranded on a sandbar near Trails End Park. He is survived by his wife, Kerrie Byer, whom he adored, his parents Jim and Peggy Wren and his brother Tim Wren (Sherry) of Charlotte as well as his beloved rescue dogs, Jolene and Molly Malone. Brian is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and friends.

Brian was born in Charlotte, NC and graduated from Providence Day School (’97). He then received his B.A. degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001). Brian had an ongoing love of learning and a very artistic, creative mind as well. After moving to NYC, he fell in love with the art and tradition of tattooing, ultimately pursuing a career in that field. He spent 15 years there honing his craft before moving to Wilmington, NC from Brooklyn in 2016. Brian was passionate about creating unique, custom drawings for his clients and executing them with precision and artistry. His beautiful work will continue to live on in the lives of many.

Brian had an amazing capacity to love and in turn shared his life generously with so many as a devoted and loving husband, son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. He approached life with excitement and excelled at whatever task he attempted. His warmth, thoughtfulness, integrity and habit of putting others first endeared him to all. Brian had a heart of gold and was always there in an uplifting manner to help others. That his last act on earth was one of compassion and assisting another in need is very consistent with how he lived his life. As expressed so well by those who knew him, he was indeed “a man of great humanity as well as artistic talent.”

The family requests no flowers to be provided however would appreciate your consideration of a donation to Merit Pit Bull Foundation by visiting www.tmcfunding.com.

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  • July 10, 2019
    John Sweeney says:
    John Sweeney

  • July 11, 2019
    Valerie Romito says:
    I am deeply sorry for your loss. My love and prayers are with you and your family. Brian was an amazing person with a heart of gold. He will be greatly missed. With deepest sympathy, Valerie

  • July 11, 2019
    Tom and Marla Regan says:
    We are very sad to hear of the untimely passing of Brian and send you all of our love,thoughts and prayers to help you through this most difficult time. My your memories help you through this most difficult time and know your family, extended family and friends are with you, for you to lean on, and hold onto.

  • July 11, 2019
    Aunt Julie and Uncle Lou says:
    Dear Kerrie, We are shocked and so sad at the passing of Brian. One of the last times we spoke with your mother she had a big smile on her face and a sparkle in her eyes. She was talking about how happy she was with you and Brian and how lucky you two were to find each other. We thought the same - we never saw you happier . Though Brian leaves this earth- he will never leave you. He is in your smile , in the times you shared and the memories you created together. Remember and cherish them always. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • July 11, 2019
    Cory Fladung says:
    I am so shocked and saddened by the news. I spent a lot of hours with Brian while he did the tattoo sleeve on my arm and he was such a talented and kind hearted person. I will cherish that time with him and his artwork forever. My heart goes out to his wife Kerrie and his family/friends. I am so so sorry for your loss.