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Brenton Gavidia
  • May 12, 1982
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  • September 17, 2021

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Brenton Roy Gavidia

May 12, 1982 – September 17, 2021

 

It feels impossible and indescribably painful to write down the words that Brenton Roy Gavidia‘s life was tragically lost to complications from COVID-19 on September 17, 2021. He was only 39.

Brent was loved—and liked—by so many. He still had it—the smile and spark in his eyes of a little kid. He brought joy with him wherever he went and gave it to us through his laugh as a gift that we won’t forget. If you had to choose one word to describe Brent as a man, it would be maker. He made things. He was a very talented carpenter for over 20 years, designing and making beautiful custom cabinetry and renovating homes in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, and most recently in Port Orange, Florida where he lived for two years. He always had big ideas and plans he was making. He made cool haircuts for himself and for others. More recently, he made promo and live performance videos for a few bands he liked. He was a fabulous cook, could dice like a chef, and made super creative and delicious meals. He loved the beach and would surprise you with the sand sculptures he could make. He made good friends wherever he went. But the very best things he helped make are his two gorgeous-hearted sons, Gavin (20) and Lohgan (15). They were raised in the most loving and happy home, and that they have some of the very best parts of Brent is a beautiful thing both for them and for all of us to see. Our hearts crack open at the immense sadness and loss they feel at losing their dad. What a tremendous void and pain for them to bear.

Yes, Brent was a maker. But THE Maker of the highest heavens… Maker of all the stars… the One who counts them and calls all of them by name… Brent now belongs to Him—to Jehovah God. (Psalm 147:4,5; Romans 14:7-9) Stars burn out and never get back their light. But Brent is way more than a burned out star to God. Just as Jehovah God has the power to create galaxies full of stars, He promises and has the power to remember and re-create Brent and all of the things that we love about him in a resurrection to life on earth.

In addition to his sons, Gavin and Lohgan, he is survived by their mother, Kristal, his mother, Jan Bailey (and Sam), his siblings, Tracey (and Steve), Tim (and Jenny), Debby, Jason (and Kellen), Sam Bailey, and Tawny Bailey, his maternal Grandma, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends. We’ll all miss him more than we can say. He is predeceased by his father, Ralph Gavidia who died in January of this year (and surviving step-mother, Sandy), and by his sister, Rebecca Azua (2004).

It will never feel okay that Brent died. Not ever. His warmth, brightness, and love for people and life is what we’ll always carry with us.

Brent’s memorial service will be held virtually at 4:00 pm on Sunday, October 3, 2021. Zoom login information will be provided to invited guests.


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  1. Jenny Gavidia posted an image:
    05 Oct 2021
    Brent with his sister Becca at the ATL airport where he had a layover on his way home from Florida. We got to stop in and spend time with him.
    Brent with his sister Becca at the ATL airport where he had a layover on his way home from Florida. We got to stop in and spend time with him.

  2. Jenny Gavidia posted an image:
    05 Oct 2021
    The first time I met Brent he was 12 years old. I was dating his older brother. He had a lay over at the ATL airport and we stopped by so his brother sand Sister could see him. He would later become my Brother-in-law. This is tragic. I feel heart broken that his sons will grow up without their father and he will miss out on their future. I am heart broken for his mother, no mother should have to bury a child no matter the age. I am heart broken for his siblings because they have lost the baby of their family. I am heart broken for his nieces and nephews who love their uncle. I am heart broken for his wife, she didn't deserve to have to say goodbye to her husband so prematurely. Death is unfair and I can't wait til we no longer have to deal with this.
    The first time I met Brent he was 12 years old. I was dating his older brother. He had a lay over at the ATL airport and we stopped by so his brother sand Sister could see him. He would later become my Brother-in-law. This is tragic. I feel heart broken that his sons will grow up without their father and he will miss out on their future. I am heart broken for his mother, no mother should have to bury a child no matter the age. I am heart broken for his siblings because they have lost the baby of their family. I am heart broken for his nieces and nephews who love their uncle. I am heart broken for his wife, she didn't deserve to have to say goodbye to her husband so prematurely. Death is unfair and I can't wait til we no longer have to deal with this.

  3. Melody Garnett posted an image:
    03 Oct 2021
    Brent demonstrating his hair cutting skills on Taylor
    Brent demonstrating his hair cutting skills on Taylor

  4. Melody Garnett posted an image:
    03 Oct 2021
    Part of our group to Lake Placid. Such a fun family trip
    Part of our group to Lake Placid. Such a fun family trip

  5. Amanda Danzeisen posted an image:
    03 Oct 2021
    Taylor and Brent were so close and I’m so happy we all had a chance to reconnect. Very grateful for the memories we created and all the laughs we shared. We love and miss you very much Brent! <3
    Taylor and Brent were so close and I’m so happy we all had a chance to reconnect. Very grateful for the memories we created and all the laughs we shared. We love and miss you very much Brent! <3

  6. Justin Michel says:
    03 Oct 2021
    It still doesn’t quite seem real to me that this has all happened. It’s hard when you don’t get to see each other and hang out as much as you would like but we have nothing short of great memories. No matter what, when we got together it was always lots of laughs, the best conversations and good times. The last time I was up north and you and Krissy picked me up from the airport, I’m pretty sure the amount of jokes we cracked back and forth made our cheeks hurt for the whole weekend! Or when you and Krissy would come down and we would all meet up for trivia night at Applebees with Lauren and Amanda. We always had a great time and made each other laugh like crazy. Even when I ended up falling for Jackie and robbing the cradle, I told you and Krissy about her and you guys were so supportive and happy for me… but still ragged on me, as you should have. So many things I will never forget thanks to you Brent. I was always excited when I knew we were gonna get a chance to see each other and now I look forward to hearing your infectious laugh again one day in the paradise Brent. Love you bro!

  7. Amanda posted an image:
    01 Oct 2021
    Brent & Lohgan. 2006
    Brent & Lohgan. 2006

  8. Amanda posted an image:
    01 Oct 2021
    Brent and Krissy visiting in 2006. Crystal River.
    Brent and Krissy visiting in 2006. Crystal River.

  9. Lauren Dodge posted an image:
    01 Oct 2021
    Pennsylvania-Dec 2016<br />
With our doodles
    Pennsylvania-Dec 2016
    With our doodles

  10. Lauren Dodge posted an image:
    01 Oct 2021
    Crystal River, FL<br />
2006
    Crystal River, FL
    2006

  11. Lauren Dodge posted an image:
    01 Oct 2021
    Tracey and Steve’s wedding
    Tracey and Steve’s wedding

  12. Melody Garnett posted an image:
    01 Oct 2021
    Kissing that precious face:) Around 1990(I’m thinking this was the same trip to Kennedy Space Center)
    Kissing that precious face:) Around 1990(I’m thinking this was the same trip to Kennedy Space Center)

  13. Melody Garnett posted an image:
    01 Oct 2021
    A trip to Kennedy Space Center. Throwback to the “90’s”
    A trip to Kennedy Space Center. Throwback to the “90’s”

  14. Lauren Dodge posted an image:
    30 Sep 2021
    Get together at Mom & Carter’s house<br />
July 2019
    Get together at Mom & Carter’s house
    July 2019

  15. Amanda posted an image:
    30 Sep 2021
    Summer 2006
    Summer 2006

  16. Lauren Dodge posted an image:
    30 Sep 2021
    Bowling at Manatee Lanes<br />
2006
    Bowling at Manatee Lanes
    2006

  17. Lauren Dodge posted an image:
    30 Sep 2021
    Matching Sleeves<br />
Dinner at Cheddars in Ocala, FL<br />
March 2020
    Matching Sleeves
    Dinner at Cheddars in Ocala, FL
    March 2020

  18. Lauren Dodge posted an image:
    30 Sep 2021
    Pennsylvania-Dec 2016
    Pennsylvania-Dec 2016

  19. Amanda posted an image:
    30 Sep 2021
    Taylor, Amanda & Brent
    Taylor, Amanda & Brent

  20. Amanda posted an image:
    30 Sep 2021


  21. Sandy Gavidia says:
    30 Sep 2021
    My heart is truly broken, never did I think we would lose you and your father in such a short amount of time. You always reminded me that you were my favorite, I loved you’re smile and those beautiful eyes and that laugh. I hope to see you and your.dad walking out together and your dad asking “what are you doing here”? Then Ralph says “wait a minute what am I doing here, and you two just bust out laughing. You both loved life so much and I will always love you sweet Brent.

  22. Lauren Dodge posted an image:
    30 Sep 2021
    Cousins
    Cousins

  23. Lauren Dodge posted an image:
    30 Sep 2021
    Throwback to the 80’s
    Throwback to the 80’s

  24. Melody Garnet posted an image:
    30 Sep 2021
    One of my favorite photos from when Brian and Brent were toddlers. Delaware 1983
    One of my favorite photos from when Brian and Brent were toddlers. Delaware 1983

  25. Amanda says:
    30 Sep 2021
    So many wonderful memories having you in our life, Brent. I’ve always adored you. You were always so sweet to Lauren and I growing up, and as adults. We viewed you like a big brother, but one that would always play with us and be nice to us when ours wouldn’t. Lol. We took the best family trips when we were younger and I’m so grateful for all the memories, pictures and home videos we have with you.
    You had the BEST laugh and an infectious smile. Just always such a joy to be around, and an amazing person. I’m so glad I got to reconnect with you recently when you moved to Florida. I remember when I found out you moved here I thought, “one of my favorite cousins living closer, yes!” I was so excited and hopeful we’d get to spend more time together. You were so happy and we made such great memories! Starting at Bank Street with Taylor, celebrating my birthday out in Daytona, shenanigans at Topgolf, coming to cookouts at my house, or you and Dana making a trip here just to hang out. I’m only regretful I didn’t spend more time with you recently. We get busy with life, our kids, and think we have all the time in the world, until something like this happens and makes you realize what is most important. I just hope you know how much I love you and how dearly you will be missed.
    Until we meet again <3
    Love, Amanda

  26. Melody Garnet posted an image:
    30 Sep 2021
    Brian and Brent at bath time, Delaware 1983
    Brian and Brent at bath time, Delaware 1983

  27. Melody Garnet posted an image:
    30 Sep 2021
    Brent and Brian watching Sesame Street together:)
    Brent and Brian watching Sesame Street together:)

  28. Melody Garnet posted an image:
    30 Sep 2021
    Brian and Brent in Delaware 1982
    Brian and Brent in Delaware 1982

  29. Melody Garnet posted an image:
    30 Sep 2021
    Brian and Brent were only 4&1/2 months apart. They were very close and spent a lot of time together until we moved to back to Florida.
    Brian and Brent were only 4&1/2 months apart. They were very close and spent a lot of time together until we moved to back to Florida.

  30. Lauren Dodge posted an image:
    30 Sep 2021
    Jaxon meeting his cousin Brent for the first time He was a natural with babies!
    Jaxon meeting his cousin Brent for the first time He was a natural with babies!

  31. Melody Garnet says:
    30 Sep 2021
    Oh, My Dear Brent, It just doesn’t seem real yet. I’m still trying to understand why and how such a strong, young man like you can be gone. My heart hurts. It’s strange how when you feel so close to someone, especially someone younger, that you think they will always be there. You have always been a joy to be around from the time you were a little boy and into manhood. I’m going to miss your gorgeous face and that wonderful laugh and smile of yours. I’m so incredibly sad for your mom to be going through this and for the rest of us who love you dearly. Our families share a lot of good times together. I’m so grateful that we were all able to spend time together recently after your move to Florida. We have been scouring through photos to share memories with each other and to help heal the pain of losing you. We will always remember you with so, so much love! XO Aunt Mel

  32. Lauren Dodge says:
    30 Sep 2021
    Brent always felt like a big brother to me. When we were kids he would always take time to play with me and Amanda(even though Brian tried to monopolize his time). I have so many great memories, both old and new. No matter how long it had been between chats or visits we’d always pick up right where we left off and it felt like no time had passed. As he put it, “we just click”.
    Thank you for being such a wonderful cousin and friend. I love you.

  33. Gladys Evertsz says:
    30 Sep 2021
    I was so happy to talk with Brent in January when he was here. I know that Jehovah will wake him up again a lot faster than it took me to wake him up to go to school. Acts24: 15

  34. Beverly Miller says:
    30 Sep 2021
    I remember Brent as a happy, sweet little boy playing with my nephews. So sad to see a life cut too short. I am deeply sorry for the family and all his loved ones. Always Keep Jehovah’s promises close to our hearts! With love, Beverly Miller

  35. Jay Michel says:
    29 Sep 2021
    You are so missed by so many. That sweet smile brightened lives. But I know I will be seeing you soon in the new system. I love you, Grandma

  36. Jay Michel says:
    29 Sep 2021
    You are so missed by so many. I love you and I know I’ll be seeing you soon in the new system. Love, Grandma

  37. Cindy masters says:
    29 Sep 2021
    Remembering all the good times we had with Brent at Delmarva pool, hiking Hawk mountain, camping at Hershey park, and numerous family gatherings. My Matthew and Brent were best buddies growing up. Such good memories we cherish. We long to see Brent’s smile along with Ralph’s in the resurrection to come. With love, Cindy and Terry Masters

  38. Tina Rubio says:
    29 Sep 2021
    I am sorry for your families loss. I had never met Brenton, however knowing his sister Tracy I am positive he was a wonderful man. I look forward to meeting him in the resurrection that is close at hand! Until then know that Jehovah is by your side to help you cope. (Psalm 34:18; Psalm 55:22)Love you

  39. Gladys A Evertsz says:
    29 Sep 2021
    When I think about the paradise earth when Jehovah calls all those in the memorial tombs to wake up, I know that He will not have the hard time I had waking Brent up to go to school when your parents were away. Acts 24:15.

  40. Erin Vila says:
    28 Sep 2021
    I love his smile and his jovial laugh. We will miss him but only for a short time. Can’t wait to welcome him back and see that smiling face again.
    Love Aunt Erin

  41. Angela Cuthrell Sharp says:
    28 Sep 2021
    What a beautiful tribute. I remember spending time in the Gavidia home when Brent was very small watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And then later he did some beautiful carpentry work in my home. I can’t imagine the pain and loss that the family are feeling now, and my heart goes out to you all. Can’t wait to see him again.

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