Brent WITHAM

Brent Gregory Witham, a lifelong resident of Villa Nova, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at the age of 63, surrounded by his loved ones at St. Peter’s Hospital in Hamilton. Brent’s life was enriched by his deep connection to the rural countryside, active involvement in the community, and his unwavering love for nature. Having been born and raised in Villa Nova, Brent cherished the simple joys of rural living from a young age. He commenced his education at a humble two-room schoolhouse in Villa Nova, where he formed lasting friendships and imbibed the values of hard work and camaraderie. Brent’s thirst for knowledge led him to further his education at various schools, including Bloomsburg, Townsend Central, W.F. Hewitt, and Waterford District High School. Throughout his academic journey, his passion for sports, particularly hockey, burned strong. Not only did he play the game with great enthusiasm, but he also generously dedicated his time to coaching numerous teams as he got older. His dedication to coaching was recognized when he was honored with the prestigious Coach of the Year Award, a reflection of his commitment to nurturing young athletes and instilling in them the virtues of teamwork and dedication. Beyond his sporting endeavors, Brent had a deep-seated love for motorcycles, cars, and any adventure that involved the great outdoors, a touch of risk, and, of course, boundless fun. His life was characterized by a sense of adventure, always open to exploring new territories and embracing fresh challenges. Brent will be dearly missed by numerous friends who demonstrated their unwavering loyalty by faithfully visiting him in the hospital, regardless of the distance. Their presence provided immense comfort and support during his arduous times, speaking volumes about the profound and lasting friendships he formed throughout his life. Brent was a lifelong member of the Villa Nova Baptist Church, where he was baptized and actively served on their council. His faith constituted a central pillar of his life, guiding his actions and providing him with a sense of purpose and community. Brent is preceded in death by his father, Beverley (2016), his mother, Marjorie (2017), and his sister, Paula (1996). His passing leaves a void in the hearts of his surviving family members. He is lovingly remembered by his brother Jim, his nephew, James, and niece Mary Lee, who held a special place in his heart. In his final moments, Brent expressed his profound gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Juravinski Hospital and the exceptional care provided by Dr. Jordan Lefranier, Dr. Shelly Sender, Mathew Kettings, and countless dedicated nurses at St. Peter’s Hospital in Hamilton. Their compassion and dedication brought him immense comfort and solace throughout his journey. The memory of Brent Gregory Witham will forever live on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy, marked by his love, thirst for adventure, active community involvement, and unwavering dedication to family and faith, will continue to inspire us all. As we bid farewell to Brent, let us remember the spirited country boy who grew up in Villa Nova and became an integral part of the community, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all who crossed his path. Brent cherished his parents and sister dearly and eagerly anticipates the day when he will be reunited with them in Heaven. May he find eternal peace, surrounded by the love and cherished memories he created throughout his remarkable life. Family and friends are invited to gather at Thompson-Mott Funeral Home in Waterford on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, from 10 a.m. until the service commences in the chapel at 11:30 a.m., officiated by Rev. George Closs. Following the service, interment will take place at Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Villa Nova Baptist Church. Further information can be found at http://www.thompsonmottfuneralhome.com.

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