Grover Cleveland Bryan (May 30, 1919 - September 15, 2010)

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Grover Cleveland Bryan
  • May 30, 1919
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  • September 15, 2010

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Grover Cleveland Bryan, a native of Charleston, Tennessee became a prominent real estate businessman during Orlando’s years of dynamic growth.  He was known for his optimistic outlook on life, humorous disposition and his deep love for family and friends.   He died at home on September 15, 2010, at the age of 91. Grover Bryan wore  many hats.  He flew “The Hump” between India and China, during WWII and ultimately retired from the US Air Force Reserves as a Colonel.  In business, his activities focused upon building a successful, Orlando-based, real estate and insurance firm.  Simultaneously, he took leadership roles in a myriad of civic organizations spanning three decades.  Highlights include serving on the boards and as President or Chairman of the Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce, The Boy Scouts of America, Orlando Utilities Commission, The Country Club of Orlando, Orange Memorial Hospital (ORMC) and the City of Orlando Municipal Planning Board.  The center of his life was his family.  He and his wife of 46 years, Virginia Collins Bryan, met and married in Umatilla, Florida in 1947.  After moving to Orlando in 1949, they had four children:  Paul, Robert, Becky and David.  Virginia Bryan died in 1993.  He married Ann Van deCarr Rosenburg in 1996.   In addition to Ann, he is survived by his four children, fourteen adored grandchildren and three wonderful great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Saturday September 18, 2010    St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 2499 North Westmoreland Drive, Orlando, FL 32804 In lieu of flowers, please make gifts to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Mr. Bryan’s memory.

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  1. Ann & Pete Cross says:
    23 Sep 2010
    Paul & Becky, Pete and I wanted to extend our sympathy to ALL of you. You had a very wonderful Father and we think he and your Mother had such nice children. Becky, thanks so much for being with my real estate firm; I really enjoyed g etting to know you. And Paul, I can never thank you enought for offering to purchase my real estate company. We wish for our paths to cross again soon. Our love, Ann & Pete Cross

  2. Karen Kovacik Gisel says:
    19 Sep 2010
    Aunt Ann, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know that you had many blessings with Grover. Knowing that he is with our Lord, shines down blessings from above. I love you. Karen, Jeff, Jeffrey and Andrew Gisel (Kovacik)

  3. Rollie Allen says:
    18 Sep 2010
    Dear David and Family----A great guy in my book justs entered heaven. It was a pleasure to know Grover in my lifetime. What a wonderful legacy he left you. Thinking of you and your families in prayer today. With love, Rollie Allen "Snape's MOM"

  4. Bert Rodgers says:
    17 Sep 2010

    We will miss Grover and his numerous contributions to the community. He was an icon in the real estate industry and highly respected by all who ever met him.

  5. Roy Reid says:
    17 Sep 2010
    Dear Bryans,
    I am speaking for several of us who worked with Grover in the past (early 70's). Myself, Karl Riesterer & Sonja Griffin. He was a wonderful person to work with and we did enjoy a trip to Mexico with Grover & Ginny that we will never forget. God bless you all.

  6. Hoke & Carolyn Kerns says:
    17 Sep 2010
    Ann, we're so sorry to learn of Grover's passing. My memory bank is full of great remembrances of Grover over a period of many years. Carolyn and I will never forget how much fun it was to cruise dopwn the eine with you two. God Bless.

  7. George Saunders says:
    17 Sep 2010
    We were so sorry ot hear of Grover's passing. It was my great pleasure to have known and worked with him over the years. He will be missed!

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

    The Saunders Family

  8. Nancy P. Lewis says:
    17 Sep 2010
    I did try calling to express vocally to you, Ann, how sorry I am to learn of Grover's passing on from this life to the next one. I know God decided it was time, but letting go is never easy. With your faith and family surrounding you, you will see the light ahead. Remember that your many friends are with you also and will help in any way they can. Please let us know how. Nancy

  9. Barbara Johnson says:
    17 Sep 2010
    My family and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to Ann and the Family for the loss of Grover. We have been friends for many years and I will keep precious memories of our good times together. We are wishing you all peace through God's mercy and love.

    Barbara Johnson
    Terry and Roxanne Johnson

  10. SuSu and Bruce Gordy says:
    17 Sep 2010
    Dear Bryans,
    Bruce and I were so sad to learn that your dear, sweet Dad has quietly passed away. Unfortunately, we leave in a few minutes to go out of town for the weekend so we will be unable to attend the service. How we regret that.
    What a remarkable man Mr. Bryan was and I know you will all miss him terribly. It's especially difficult when both parents are gone but you are so fortunate to have each other! What a legacy Mr. Bryan gave his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren! It makes me especially sad to see another of the "great ones" in the neighborhood leave us. Mr. and Mrs. Bryan were dear friends of the Browns and we shared lots of wonderful memories over the years! Your Dad was always so kind to everyone and I admired how straight and tall he always stood! I can only imagine the reunion of Ginny and Grover in heaven as they celebrate together with Jesus! May God comfort you all, bless you with loving memories and give you peace.
    With Love and sympathy,
    SuSu and Bruce

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