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Gregorio C. Brevetti

March 20, 1925November 15, 2020
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Gregorio Clemente Brevetti, M.D., the son of Italian immigrants who came through Ellis Island, died November 15, 2020, peacefully at his home in Park Slope surrounded by loved ones. He was 95 years old.

Dr. Brevetti was born in New York City on March 20, 1925 to Dr. Salvatore Brevetti and Ester Brevetti (nee Oreste) and was the eldest of three siblings. He spent his formative years in Italy and graduated from the University of Naples Medical School. During his studies, he met Teresa Morrone, a young lady from the nearby town of Mondragone, who would pursue her own studies in pharmaceutical sciences. The two married after a nine-year courtship and had a love affair that spanned some seven decades.

Settling with Teresa in East Harlem, Dr. Brevetti returned to the United States in 1950. Many years later, he liked to tell his children the story of getting off the boat in New York Harbor from Italy with only a suitcase and 25 cents in his pocket. “Anything is possible here with hard work,” he would often muse while recalling earlier days as a struggling physician in the inner city. After several years in Harlem, Dr. Brevetti relocated with his family to Carroll Street in Brooklyn, where he lived for nearly 60 years and would ultimately spend his final days.

While in Brooklyn, after three years of military service, Dr. Brevetti trained as a resident in general surgery at Methodist Hospital and as a resident in thoracic surgery at King’s County Hospital. During his time at Methodist Hospital, Dr. Brevetti served as the Chief of the General Surgical Service, the Acting Chief of Thoracic Surgery, and as Chairman of numerous hospital committees. In 2006, he was chosen for the Lewis S. Pilcher award in recognition of his long outstanding service to Methodist Hospital.

Dr. Brevetti’s achievements included serving as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. But the professional accomplishment he took the most pride in was his service in the United States Army. He was deployed as a young soldier overseas for active duty during the Korean Conflict. He rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Army Reserve and was the commanding officer of the 8th Medical Brigade in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn. The 8th Medical Brigade throughout much of its history was the largest medical brigade, both active and reserve, in the entire U.S. Army. Dr. Brevetti graduated from the Medical Field Service School, the Command and General Staff College, as well as the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He then went on to graduate from the United States Army War College, and then subsequently attended the Air War College and Naval War College. The Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal were among General Brevetti’s noteworthy military awards.

Despite his hectic professional schedule, Dr. Brevetti was a family man who raised five children with his wife. He was a devout Catholic who never missed mass on Sundays, and would often walk to church hand-in-hand with his wife. His first son, Salvatore, preceded him in death in 1980, as did his wife in 2013. He is survived by four children: Rossella Brevetti, Esther (Bruno) Cardi, Gregory (Elaine) Brevetti, and Teresa (Phillip) Brevetti-Bazzini. Dr. Brevetti was also a loving and proud grandfather, who is survived by nine grandchildren: Christina (Peter-deceased) Cardi-Paolucci, Stephanie Cardi, Michelle Cardi, Nicholas Bazzini, Lorenzo Bazzini, Giulia Bazzini, Ely Aponte, Arianna Brevetti, and Isabella Brevetti. He is also survived by two siblings: Dr. Raimondo (Jeanette) Brevetti and Mariacristina “Bebé” (Franco-deceased) Mandato.

Dr. Brevetti’s legacy will be how he balanced a life of extraordinary accomplishment while being a father who always made time for his family.

The Brevetti family will always be grateful to the kind and caring aides who helped Dr. Brevetti during his final months, especially to his primary caregiver Maria del Pilar Muñoz, and to Leo Marcos and Michael Cubcuban.

The wake service will be Wednesday, December 2nd at Joseph G. Duffy Funeral Home, 255 9th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11215 from 2 P.M. – 7 P.M. Social distancing will be observed and the chapel capacity will be limited. The funeral service will be held at Saint Saviour Church, 611 8th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11215. He will be laid to rest at St. John’s Cemetery in Queens, New York.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Wounded Warriors Project or Catholic Charities in Dr. Brevetti’s memory.

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Franco Strozza

December 3, 2020

Your memory will survive in the memory of those who have met and loved you and will give us the strength to go forward and live calmly
Franco, Antonella e Giulia

Mariella Strozza

December 3, 2020

Thanks for your great affection that has been able to reach and warm us even from a distance and that will continue to live in our hearts. Ciao uncle Gregorio
by Mariella Strozza, Fernando, Enrico and Martina Verdolotti

Carl Perrino, PhD, Colonel, USA, Ret

November 29, 2020

I am truly saddened with the news of BG Brevetti’s passing. I served with pride on the General’s staff during his tenure as Commanding General of the 8th Medical Brigade. General Brevetti was a dedicated commander and a role model to his staff and commanders of the subordinate medical units of the 8th Medical Brigade. My heartfelt condolences to his family.
COL Carl Perrino, USA Ret

Dale Brown

November 28, 2020

I did not know Gregorio C. Brevetti, but I am friends with Rosella Brevetti his daughter and I heard a lot about his devotion as a father and a doctor. I met Rosella on the train when she was visiting him as she often did- and she told me about his life and his wonderful personality. He was a good man and he will live on through his children.

Rosina Nadal Kling

November 28, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with my dear friend Rossella and her family on the loss of her father, a truly remarkable man who devoted his life to family and service. He will remain in loving memory to all who knew him.

Ruth Alvarez

November 28, 2020

It was an honor and pleasure meeting Dr. Brevetti and Mrs. Brevetti 6 yrs ago when Giulia was born and visited the new member of the family. Both couple were very sweet, kind and highly intellectual. Dr. Brevetti was sound tough but I believed that he got a big heart liked his daughter. Very sad but for sure they were both happy now in heaven in the Kingdom of our Creator. Our deepest and sincere condolences to the whole family. May God the Father give you all the comfort and peace in your heart.

Much love,
The Alvarez family

Massimo Ugliano

November 26, 2020

I met Gregorio many years ago. I was a child and he was studying at the University of Naples where he met my cousin Resia, his future wife. He often came to greet my father Umberto, my mother Pina and grandmother Teresina in Piazza Garibaldi where we lived and where relatives and friends from Mondragone, Ottaviano, Alvito, Roccamonfina came to visit us. Then he moved to America. Over time we met every time he returned to Italy and in the sad circumstance of Cervinara, always remaining in contact with his whole family to whom we express our displeasure. His house has always been open to my children and my wife who often visited him. Now rest in peace together with Resia and both will remain in our memories.

Massimo, Maria, Valeria and Maurizio Ugliano

Helena Walsh

November 24, 2020

I met Gregorio a few times while he visited his daughter Teresa in Tenafly. Because I'm a nun, he would always ask me to pray for his beloved wife Teresa, who had recently died. I used to say to him: "Don't worry about Teresa, she's in heaven." And now they are both in heaven. What a kind and gentle person! All his long life, he was interested in his neighbor and, being a medical doctor, he brought solace to his many patients. God is Love, and our job on this earth is to bring Love back to God and to our neighbor!
Thank you, Gregorio. Sister Helena

Pat Garrity

November 24, 2020

Teresa,
Thank you for sharing this wonderful memory of your father's many many accomplishments. He is an inspiration to have balanced family and work so effectively. I knew him only through phone calls but he never hesitated to make his thoughts known! He will live on through your memories and in your hearts.
Pat Garrity

Teresa L. Brevetti

November 24, 2020

Thank you for everything, Pa. I couldn’t have asked for a more loving father. You were a tremendous role model. You will be missed by all of us. May we live up to your example of diligence, faith, service, and love.

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