By DAVE NICHOLSON | The Tampa Tribune
Published: November 06, 2012
Updated: November 06, 2012 – 10:32 PM
Brewer died about 3 p.m. at his Plant City home, surrounded by the family he loved so much.
Known affectionately as “Dr. Hal,” Brewer hung up his stethoscope in 1995 but kept on giving back through public service. He was active in organizations that ranged from First United Methodist Church of Plant City to the Boy Scouts to Plant City Entertainment community theater.
Brewer, who was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, left a legacy that touched thousands beyond his medical practice.
“When he retired, I worried that he wouldn’t find enough to do, but he was busier than ever,” said his daughter, Cindy Gutowski. “He loved Plant City, and he kept giving and giving.”
Aside from being a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Brewer taught his children to give back.
“The biggest gift he gave us was the idea that you always needed to help others,” said his son, Rodney.
“He taught us to put people first,” his son Les said.
Brewer endeared himself to generations with his humor, grace and charm. His accolades included the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center’s Heritage Award and the Plant City Outstanding Citizen of the Year.
“He was a Godsend to this community,” said Marsha Passmore, a longtime friend and former city commissioner. “We all loved him, and we’ll all miss him.”
Brewer grew up in Mississippi, served in World War II and received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi in the late-1950s. He did his residency at Tampa General Hospital and started practicing in Plant City in 1960.
Brewer is also survived by his wife, Lynn; son, Daniel; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
There will be a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wells Memorial and Event Center, 1903 W. Reynolds St. in Plant City. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist, 303 N. Evers St.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Bruton Memorial Library, Plant City Photo Archives and History Center, Plant City Entertainment, South Florida Baptist Hospital Foundation and Madison’s Mission.