John Charles “Jack” Brodie

November 19, 1931 - November 16, 2021
John Charles “Jack” Brodie

On Tuesday November 16th, 2021 we lost a man among men, John “Jack” Brodie Sr, just 4 days shy of his 90th birthday. He was a man of conviction and great principle. He had strong feelings on right and wrong, and lived every day to be an example of his ideals.

Jack was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 19, 1931 to Charles F. and Helen A. Brodie.

He was an active-duty U.S. Marine from 1952-1954, continuing in the reserves until 1960. He lived the motto “once a marine, always a marine” by serving in the Cape Fear Detachment of the Marine Corps League. In 2011, Jack was named the Detachment’s Marine of the Year, an honor he was exceptionally proud of.

More than country, Jack loved his family. He and his lifetime sweetheart, Joan, celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this year. He courted her while both worked at the Lowe Paper Company in New Jersey before marrying her on a beautiful June day. After starting a family in New Jersey, Jack and Joan moved to Ohio where he worked as an chemical engineer before becoming an electrician. Jack was a devoted friend of Bill W, who had an immense impact on his life. After retiring from Ford Motor Company, Jack and Joan moved to Wilmington, NC where they built a wonderful community of friends and loved ones, anchored by the Immaculate Conception Church. Recently they moved to Charleston, SC to be closer to family. Jack and Joan are an example of enduring love for all those around them. Their six kids brought Jack immense joy, sometimes headaches, and endless memories.

Jack leaves as his legacy his wife, Joan and their six children; John Jr., Jean Ford, Judy O’Connor (Rob), Joyce Nelson (Dave), Joan Fons (Joe) and Jim (Janet) along with 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his son-in-law Lee Ford.

Services will be held in Wilmington, NC on Sunday, November 21st from 2-4 at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation in Wilmington NC. On Monday November 22nd there will be a Funeral Mass at 9 AM at Immaculate Conception Church. A private burial at the Florence National Cemetery in South Carolina will follow. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Cape Fear Marine Corps League, Detachment 1070, C/O Paymaster Art Howard 8202 Egret Point NE, Leland NC 28451 add Memo John Brodie.

Jack’s family wishes to thank the many doctors, nurses, and aides who cared for him as well as the staff of Wellmore in Charleston for their kindness and attention.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.

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Monday, November 22, 2021
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Sunday, November 21, 2021
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  • November 21, 2021
    Dee Monteleone says:
    Judy we are so sorry for your loss. We send all of our love ❤️. Love Don and Dee

  • November 21, 2021
    Bruce Kasnik says:
    Your legacy lives on in your son, my good friend and golfing buddy Jim Brodie. RIP

  • November 22, 2021
    Barbara and Carl (Pinky) Pandelo says:
    I feel so saddened by Uncle John’s passing. I grew up loving him, as a father like figure. I remember how Grandma Brodie was so proud of him and his Picture as a Marine stands out in my mind. She loved to talk about her son, John, and Aunt Joan, and all the children! With J names! I remember the day he pulled in the driveway of I will alwaysGrandma’s house in a really cool red covirtable with his sweetheart, Joan. I was in the third grade at the time and I looked at Joan and thought how pretty she was in that red convertible I will always love the memory of Uncle John as the loving steady soul I looked up to during my childhood and in my adult life. I and my husband, Pinky, are sending our deepest heartfelt sympathy to Aunt Joan, John Jr., Joanie Judy, Jeannie, Joyce and Jim.and our prayers are with you at this time of loss.

  • November 23, 2021
    Jenny and Brett Schwalb says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Hoping that all of the great family memories comfort you during this time.

  • November 23, 2021
    Peter Dehey iV says:
    To Aunt Joan and the Brodie family, my deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to you all. I know we are far in distance but you are close in our hearts. I looked up to Uncle John and his friend Bill W. Thank you for being a power of example! Love, The Dehey family