Obituary Details

F. Gregory Brusino

January 8, 1957 - August 18, 2015

Birthplace & Residence

Information withheld per family request

Visitation

Location:
Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
Date:
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Time:
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Mass

Location:
St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
Date:
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Service Time:
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Cemetery

Location:
Pine Forest Memorial Gardens
Date:
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Time:
Immediately Following Service

Notes

Dr. Francis Gregory (Greg) Brusino passed away Tuesday morning, August 18, 2015 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA. He was 58 years old. Greg was born at the U.S. Army Hospital in Augsburg, West Germany, on January 8, 1957 to Francis Bernard Brusino, Jr. (deceased) and June Faison Brusino.

Greg was raised and attended school in Niagara Falls, NY. He was a dedicated student and a talented athlete at Niagara-Wheatfield High School. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester in New York in 1979. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine in 1983 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After graduating from medical school, Greg completed a three-year residency in Anesthesiology and a one-year fellowship in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. Greg worked as a cardiac anesthesiologist for twelve years in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, VA. He moved to Raleigh, NC in 2002 and continued to practice medicine with American Anesthesiology of NC. He has also served as Director of Anesthesia at Blue Ridge Surgical Center for the past seven years.

Greg was a man of faith who loved his family, friends, and profession. He found great joy in traveling (especially to Mediterranean Europe and the Caribbean), watching professional ice hockey, planting and caring for trees, keeping up to date with the newest computer technology, and learning new things. Greg was an exceptional father, a devoted husband, and a cherished son. He touched countless lives and will be profoundly missed by all those who loved him.

Greg is survived by his wife of twenty-seven years, Jennifer (Jenny) Boyd Brusino, daughter Haley A. Brusino, son G. Joseph Brusino, stepson Jared A. Linthicum, granddaughter Emma J. Linthicum, mother June O. Brusino, brothers Lee Brusino (wife Eileen) and Karl Brusino (children Alora, Brandon, Catja, and Donovan), stepmother Susan F. Brusino, and many other beloved family members.

Flowers are acceptable. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School or for the support of Latin Mass at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Wake Forest, NC.

The family also wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Greg’s partners and colleagues, and to all of our friends and family for their outpouring of love and support.

A private burial will take place at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
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Tammy Ross
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March 2, 2017
This breaks my hesrt I know its late I just saw this today as I was thinking of him today I worked with him at wmc he was such an awesome charas matic Dr.may he Rip
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marc
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September 9, 2015
Dr. Brusino was my anaesthesiologist for 2 surgeries at BRSC and he took time beforehand to meet with me when he was told we were both from Niagara Falls. I played football for his father at Niagara University and can see the same gentle, confident personality they shared. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, God bless you all.

Marc Capannola
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Debora Maldonado-DeOliveira
Posted on:
September 2, 2015
Dear Haley,
I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. I still remember when he came and you introduced him to us in the department. I have no words to tell you more than my condolences, but my thoughts and rezos are for you and your family. Un abrazo para ti y tu familia en estos momentos dificiles.
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Stephanie Goolsby-Savage
Posted on:
August 31, 2015
I am sorry for your loss. Rev 21:4 gives us  hope of a time when we won't have to worry about death anymore.
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Jennifer Lee
Posted on:
August 25, 2015
It was such an honor to have worked with Dr. Brusino. He was such a wonderful Physician, a true professional, kind, hardworking, well respected and well liked by all. He will be truely missed. Praying for strength and peace for you all during this very difficult time.

Jennifer Lee
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Carmen Amador
Posted on:
August 25, 2015
Hola Haley Dios te bendiga,no tengo palabras para decirte cuanto lo ciento pero qiero que sepas que Dios es bueno y te dara la fortaleza,para seguir adelante,a ty y a toda tu famillia, tu sabes que nosotros te queremos,recibe saludos de moy,hablame cuando tu quieras,cuidate mucho.
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Judith Colwell
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August 25, 2015
It was truly our honor to have known Greg. We agree with all the wonderful remembrances friends have expressed here. He was very smart. He was extremely modest. Hidden behind a somewhat serious demeanor, he had a great sense of humor. Most of all, he was a family man. He loved his sweet Jenny, his children, his mom and brothers. He was a devoted dad, encouraging his children to be true to themselves and to pursue their dreams. He is gone too soon, leaving us while helping his beloved son start a new chapter, a new beginning, a step into his future. A proud dad, his spirit will carry on in the hearts of his children and in the hearts of all who loved him.

Chris and Judy Colwell
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Veretta Whickum
Posted on:
August 25, 2015
My prayers are with the family today. Greg and I worked together at Sentara Norfolk General Heart Surgery from 1990 until he departed from the program. I will always have fond memories of the time we worked. Rest in peace Greg.

Verretta
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Joanne Keith
Posted on:
August 24, 2015
My heartfelt condolences to the Brusino family. Greg was a great and true friend from virtually the day we met at Colonial Village to when we graduated from Niagara Wheatfield in 1975.

Although our paths went different ways in the years that followed, l will always cherish the memories of riding our bikes together, playing football and just sitting on the picnic table in the backyard having a good conversation. Those times hold a special place in my heart and I am deeply saddened that they ended all too soon. Greg will be truly missed but always remembered, respected and loved.

Gary Keith
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James Colwell
Posted on:
August 24, 2015
I am blessed to say that I have known Dr. Brusino for about nine years now. I am more than lucky to have met him along with the rest of the wonderful Brusino family. Dr. Brusino was and always will be an inspiration in my life. He is one of the smartest and hardest working people I have ever met. From eighth grade up until my senior year in college, he would always want to know how I was doing. I always looked forward to filling him with what was going on with my life because I knew he cared about me. I am deeply saddened now that he is gone, but I know he will always be there for his family and even for me. My deepest condolences go out to my best friend Joseph and the family and friends that were lucky enough to have known and loved Dr. Brusino.

James Colwell
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Cindy Fox
Posted on:
August 24, 2015
Our family is still in shock at the sudden passing of Greg. When I read Dr. Raja's tribute I thought it so beautifully described the Greg we knew and loved -- caring, intelligent, good listener, humble. He valued his privacy and respected the privacy of others. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2013. After our family Christmas dinner he hesitantly pulled me aside and ASKED if he could offer some advice. I was expecting a medical description of what I could expect during treatment. Instead he told me, "it is your body....you are the customer....the doctors work for you." He said, "do not be intimidated....no question is too small or insignificant." He never questioned me, but he was ALWAYS available to me and my family to answer our questions or interpret test results, etc. He was brilliant and such a professional. Jenny is my only sibling and the best sister and friend anyone could ever hope to have. My husband, David, is an only child. Greg was not just our brother-in-law -- he was our brother!! David is certainly going to miss their discussions about the financial market, politics, world events, and, of course, hockey. Greg, you will truly be missed by our family. We lost you way too soon.
Much love and deepest sympathy to the entire Brusino family. Cindy and David Fox
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August 24, 2015
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Jim Johnson
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August 23, 2015
Greg and I grew up together. He was a year older and watched over me when we were kids. As next-door neighbors we did just about everything together. Greg was always very smart and had great wisdom, even at a young age. We would ride bikes everywhere and all the time. Wherever we ended up at lunch-time is where we ate. I remember the great sandwiches Mrs. B would make us. We would sit on the porch or behind the house on a picnic table and have these great sandwiches which she cut on an angle - how fancy! Then we would be off again to another adventure, scouting the woods, off to “Big Rock” or maybe a football game with Kevin, Paul, and Steve and anyone else we could scare up.

When it was dinnertime, my parents would ring the bell and everyone would tell me it was time to go home. After supper we might meet at Val’s or Colleen’s house and play hide and seek into the night and through several yards. They were great times and it was a wonderful way to grow up.

When we got older, I married my high school sweetheart and Greg was my Best Man. I remember going over to the Brusino’s a couple hours before the ceremony and his mom brought out the champaigne! That was a great surprise and helped me through the butterflies.

We had many great times and wonderful adventures. Throughout everything we did, skiing, cycling, hiking, we managed to do great things and push ourselves, growing in so many ways.

It was a pleasure and an honor knowing the boy and young man and hearing of his great success as a doctor, as a man. Greg was always a good example and a good man. I am thankful to have known and grown with Greg, and cherish the many great adventures we had.
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Ernestine Overton
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August 23, 2015
Dr. Brusino was a wonderful physician to work with at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He helped me many times when we had late cardiac cases and heart transplant surgery during the night shift. I will miss him. May God bless you and your family.
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Lynne Virgili
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August 23, 2015
I had the fortune pleasure to work with Greg at Sentara Norfolk General Cardiac team until he left for NC. He was excellent at what he did and loved. He always treated everyone in the OR with respect and that as a team we delivered the best care for our patients. I am truly sorry for his passing. I am sure that our Lord has received him with open arms. God Bless you all:pray:??:pray:??
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Pat Hyatt
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August 23, 2015
It was a great privilege to work with Dr. Brusino at Blue Ridge. He was a skilled and caring man. He was especially kind to the pediatric patients. I know his calming manner made their surgical experiences much less traumatic. I will miss him so much! RIP Dr. B. Pat Hyatt
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David Clark
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August 23, 2015
Greg was a special person and an outstanding physician. I was fortunate to have worked with him at Blue Ridge Surgery Center for many years. He treated every patient with dignity and respect and was always extremely thorough in dealing with clinical issues. We will all miss his professionalism, the genuine concern he had for his patients, and his ability to put patients as ease.

David Clark
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karen phillips
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August 23, 2015
Dear Brusino family,
What a wonderful man,friend,doctor and teacher Dr. "B" was! He helped us through our anesthesia change at Blue Ridge which was filled with much uncertainty. I can still see him carrying children to the PACU fridge to look at the popsicles. Dr.Brusino was the "Go to man" for many of us. Much Love to you all especially you,Dr. "B" I will miss you my friend.
Karen Phillips
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Mark Clarkson
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August 23, 2015
Greg never failed to do the right thing for every patient under his care. He was there for my son when he needed surgery years ago, and he ushered countless patients of mine through the OR experience with skill and caring as well. I will always remember him for his calm demeanor and his evident love of family.

Mark Clarkson
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lee schwarz
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August 23, 2015
Dr Brusino,
A wonderful physician, a gentle heart & a kind friend! May you know how much you are missed & admired! Blue ridge Surgery will have such beautiful memories of you & yet such sadness from the loss of our dear friend & com-worker! RIP dr Brusino!
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Ramon and Joy Castillo
Posted on:
August 22, 2015
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Cecelia Davis
Posted on:
August 22, 2015
I worked with Dr. Brusino for several years in the O.R. at WakeMed. He was always pleasant, always professional, and one of the nicest people I've ever met. So sorryto hear of his passing.

Cecelia Davis RN
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Sharon Gooch
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August 22, 2015
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Patsy Plyler Davis, RN
Posted on:
August 22, 2015
I so enjoyed working with Dr. Brusino at WakeMed he was so kind and compassionate.
Praying for the peace that passes all understanding for the entire family.

Patsy Plyler Davis
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Kirk Woelffer
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August 22, 2015
Every time he stepped into it, Dr. Brusino turned the operating room into a calm, comfortable place. I loved that. And, I loved Dr. B. Great doctor. Great person. -KW
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Helen Villiers-James
Posted on:
August 22, 2015
Truly one of the nicest, kindest people I met whilst living in the states. It was a pleasure to work with him and I'll always have fond memories of our chats about travel etc. Great loss for everyone that knew him x.
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Bruce Strassburg
Posted on:
August 22, 2015
Dear Brusino family, As his neighbor growing up and his teacher in his teens, I am blessed to know Greg. All the children in our neighborhood were close and spent much time together. Greg was very much another brother in our household. As I had entered graduate school in Utah, Greg and I took a road trip west. I dropped off Greg in Denver to visit Lee. I remember stopping in Indiana to see the campus at Notre Dame and experience for the first time "Touchdown Jesus." Early in our marriage, Denise, my wife, had two miscarriages. The last day of school before Christmas vacation, Greg and I drove the snowy roads south of Buffalo to pick up a Siberian Husky puppy to comfort Denise and me. He held that pup as we slid our way home. When I taught English 11 to him, we decided to focus on independent studies. His work on the writing of Camus was terrific. I cannot well express my sadness. Yet, I am always hopeful for the reuniting of all because of the atonement and sacrifice of a loving Savior, Jesus Christ. Please, give my love to his mom, Mrs. June Brusino. Bruce Strassburg bestrassburg@gmail.com
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Chris Herthum
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August 22, 2015
I am proud to have worked with is kind and gentle soul for five years at the blue ridge surgery center He will be genuinely missed by all
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Tony Bray
Posted on:
August 22, 2015
My heart is saddened by the passing of this man. I pray for comfort for his family and dearest friends. Dr. Brusino, as I have always addressed him, always conducted himself mannerly and respectfully whether speaking to patients or his coworkers. He would always make time to speak to me regardless of how busy his day was. I have worked along side him at WakeMed for many years, primarily as an nurse in cardiac surgery. He always seemed to have an inner calmness and peace no matter what the difficulties of the day presented. On two occasions while I was teaching incoming nurses about heart surgery, Dr. Brusino approached my trainees and told them what a privilege it was to have me teaching them. I never had the pleasure to know him outside of work, but my heart is assured he continued to speak kindly and respectfully to others. May his memory never fade.
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Amy
Posted on:
August 22, 2015
I worked with Dr. Brusino for many years at Blue Ridge surgery center. I could go on and on about his kindness towards myself and many others. Everyday he not only smiled and said "good morning", but he took time out to talk. He truly cared about people and was an excellent Anesthesiologist. I will never forget how his calm demeanor and kind speech helped soothe many patients before their surgery. He will be sorely missed everyday, but my memories of him will never fade. I look forward to when the promise made at Rev. 21:4 will be a reality.
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Lisa Clark
Posted on:
August 22, 2015
I had the honor to work with Dr. Brusino at Blue Ridge ASC. He was a wonderful physican and a truly amazing person, always making time to talk with you and share a laugh.
May his memory be eternal.

Requiescat in pace
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Sue Reid
Posted on:
August 22, 2015
I had the privilege of working with Dr. Brusino for many years at WakeMed. He was a kind, humble and compassionate man as well as an awesome Anesthesiologist. He will be so missed! Rest in peace Dr. Brusino.
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Karen Wager
Posted on:
August 22, 2015
I worked with Greg at the Cary hospital. To show you how small the world can be, his father was my guidance counselor at Niagara Wheatfield! When we first met at work, we talked often of things back here in the Niagara Falls area. He was a wonderful man, a pleasure to work with! I had the utmost respect him not only as a person but as the professional he was.
My deepest sympathy to the family. May it help to know how very much Greg was respected by all that knew him.
Sincerely, Karen Wager
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Vilma Concha-Chiaravigio
Posted on:
August 21, 2015
Haley,
Your father's love for you is very fresh in my mind. I will never forget the time he came to visit us at Meredith. I enjoyed so much meeting him. He was so proud of you. He really wanted to see you enjoying your career, enjoying life and doing your very best. You are fortunate to have had such a wonderful father. i am sure you will get a lot of strength from all the love he gave you and the many memories you have from him. You are also very fortunate that you are a very smart person with a great heart. You are very much in my heart. Andrew and I will be praying for you and your family. May God give you and your family lots of revelations of His love and strength during this difficult time. Much love. Un abrazo fuerte. Vilma Concha-Chiaravigio
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Haley Brusino
Posted on:
August 21, 2015
My dad was the best dad ever. The positive impact that he had on my life is truly immeasurable. He taught me how to be a good person, leading by example. He gave me all the tools I needed to be successful in life. Nothing brought me more happiness than making my dad proud. I will always strive to live my life in a way that honors the memory of my dad. The connection that we have is still alive. I love you dad and may your soul rest in peace. Se muy bien que en la otra vida volveremos a juntarnos, para reir y gozar de lo mucho que triunfamos. :heart::man:
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Atif Raja
Posted on:
August 21, 2015
Greg was one of the most compassionate and humble people I have ever met. I was proud to have him as a mentor, a colleague, and friend. He was incredibly smart and accomplished...and yet he always made you feel as if you were the most important person in the world to him. He listened carefully, he was always learning. When my child was born he gave me some advice: "we are selfish most of our lives with education and fulfilling our dreams...but when you finally become a husband, and a father, you can never be selfish again...you have to be selfless". And that's the kind of man Greg was. Someone who valued his family...whether at home, or work...we were all family for Greg and he loved us, and we will all miss him. May God give him peace, accept his good deeds, and forgive any sins.
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Posted on:
August 21, 2015
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