DAVID R. BRUNTON age 79, beloved husband for 56 years of Sandra (nee Euliano); loving father of Laurel Brown (husband George), Greg (wife Kira), and Doug (wife Tricia); devoted grandfather of Geoffrey and Christopher Brown, twins Grace and Henry, Evie, James, Louisa, Mariel, Ryan, Sarah and Jacob Brunton; cherished son of the late Marguerite (nee Caird) Brunton; fond cousin of Patty Lewis.
David Roger Brunton went to be with the Lord on December 26, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. .
David was born on March 14, 1942 into humble means and grew up on a northern Michigan farm. His gifted intellect won him a scholarship to Otterbein University where he sang in the choir and won prizes for his poetry writing, eventually publishing his works.
David earned a master’s degree in English from University of New Hampshire, where he picked up the game of bridge. He went on to play tournaments with his mother, and he eventually earned the title of master. Most important, while earning his master’s degree, he also met and married the love of his life Sandy. Their marriage has served as a witness for many.
David was a man of deep Catholic faith and an active member of St. Clare Church, serving as lector and Eucharistic minister. He was a founding member of Men of Praise, a ministry for Christian men, and active in Families for Christ Jesus, where he made many friends and impacted numerous lives.
In his professional life, David served in multiple capacities in marketing and advertising. He spent many years with Leaseway Transportation which still uses the corporate logo he was instrumental in creating and ran his own advertising agency where he won awards for his creative work. For years he wrote a biweekly column for the Plain Dealer discussing trends in the advertising industry. He eventually found his favorite calling, teaching, and instructed at Kent State University and Lakeland Community College.
David will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, baseball coach, chess instructor, pun master, and well-read philosopher.
He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of David to St. Clare Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at St. Clare Catholic Church 5659 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44124 at 10 AM. Burial following at All Souls Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of David at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) MONDAY 3-5 and 6-8 PM.