OBITUARY

Brian Arthur Lovece

August 10, 1986October 5, 2021
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COLUMBIA - A funeral service for Brian Arthur Lovece, 35, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday October 10, 2021 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service.

Brian died Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Born in Columbia, he was a son of Arthur “AJ” Louis and Carol Louise Douglas Lovece. A 2005 graduate of Ridgeview High School, he was made an honorary firefighter in 2014. He was an avid Xbox player with the nickname “Brutal Panther”. He enjoyed watching Carolina Panthers football and loved to travel. He was a “Make-a-Wish” recipient, going to Walt Disney World, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Universal Studios in Florida.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by an uncle, Robert Douglas (Laura) of Lancaster.

Since he loved animals, memorials may be made to Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services, 221 N. Grampian Hill Road, Columbia, SC 29223.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, October 10, 2021

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 10, 2021

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Evelyn Banks

October 9, 2021

October 8, 2021

Dear Brian
I am so thankful to have worked as your nurse over the past 5 years. During this time, I got to know you and your family well. Our special way of joking, laughing, fussing, you calling me old, made it a pleasure working with you. You will be missed dearly Brian. Although it hurts to see you go, it’s good to know that you are no longer in pain. Enjoy your rest with God Brian.

Evelyn Banks




Cynthia Leitner

October 6, 2021

Dear Brian
I will miss your smiling face and the special ways we were able to communicate. I am so happy that I was able to bring a smile to your face with the Panther memorabilia that I got for you. You were a special young man and I am so sorry that I could not see for a year due to COVID. I know you are in a much better place and you are free from your pain and you can do what you want to. I hope they have your video games in heaven to keep you busy. I am so glad I got to be a part of your life and the friend ship we had was very special. RIP my dear and we will miss you dearly. Prayers to Carol and AJ at this time.
Cindy Leitner, W.M., Columbia Chapter No. 59 Order of the Eastern Star

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Biography

      To Brian Arthur Lovece, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Brian, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Brian really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

      Brian was born on August 10, 1986 at Prisma Health Richland formerly Richland Memorial in Columbia, SC. His parents were Carol and Arthur Lovece. Brian was raised in Columbia, SC. Even as a child, Brian had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family.

      All of Brian's playful good humor carried over into his childhood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Brian experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. He was a Make -a- wish recipient and was active with MDA. He was and avid gamer and loved movies. Brian's memorable achievements included becoming and honorary firefighter for the City of Columbia.

      Ask anyone who knew him from school and they would tell you that Brian was a class “cut-up.” He didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Brian simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of his friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Brian, grades may not have been the most important thing to him, but he really did enjoy his school experience. Since experience was Brian's best teacher. He enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Brian graduated from Ridgeview High in 2005. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was English and spelling. Being in a wheelchair and disabled, graduating was his biggest accomplishment and teaching others that it was ok to be different.

      Brian never actually encountered a stranger in his dealings with people. He was drawn to individuals and crowds, using his gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate his audience. This quality allowed Brian to continually develop new relationships, ever widening his circle of friends. Brian delighted in his role among all his acquaintances, because he viewed them all as potential spectators for his performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Brian was always right at home putting on a show among his friends. Brian utilized his interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of his best friends were his animals (dogs). Later in life, he became friends with everyone. Brian loved sharing life and having his home filled with people he knew.

      Brian enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Brian liked creating and making things. His favorite pursuits were playing live on his x-box, and talking with many friends he made around the world. Brian was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Brian felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if he wasn’t the best, Brian loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Brian relished the opportunities where he could make an impact, and he would often push himself to play above his abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Brian never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. Brian was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Panthers football.

      Brian had an endless appetite for new and different activities. He was always ready to join in the fun and add his flair and energy to an organization. Because of his personality, his humor, and his ability to get along with everyone, Brian's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which he belonged. In high school, Brian was a member of the MDA,. Throughout his later years, Brian was an active member of the muscular dystrophy association.

      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Brian recognized that his faith was important to him throughout his life. He was a member of Spring Valley Presbyterian Church.

      Naturally outgoing and generous, Brian was regularly doing things for others. For him, the gift of giving to others was second nature. Though he never set out to gain individual recognition, Brian was given accolades for his many and varied accomplishments throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included Honorary Firefight of Columbia, SC and MDA state goodwill ambassador.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Brian just fine. It is no surprise that he loved to travel and to visit new and different places. He was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included San Francisco, Florida, and Boston.

      Brian was a lover of animals and cherished his pets, enjoying them almost as much as he enjoyed being around other people. One of Brian's favorites was His dog Daisy. They were best friends for 9 years. His family was rounded out by his dogs Penny, Maggie, Susie, and Keena.

      Brian passed away on October 5, 2021 at Prisma Health Richland. Toxic shock due to a ruptured appendix. He is survived by all who loved and came into contact with him. Services were held at Dunbar Funeral Home - Northeast. Brian was laid to rest in Ft Jackson National Cemetary.

      Brian brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Brian Arthur Lovece lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.