Barbara Brewer

November 21, 1922December 29, 2012

Barbara Clement Brewer, 90 Pilot, aerial photographer, member of the Ninety-Nines BREWSTER – Barbara (Clement) Brewer, 90, died December 29, 2012 peacefully at home in Brewster. She was the wife of the late Herbert Van Sant (“Van”) Brewer. Mrs. Brewer was born in Bangor, Maine. She graduated Bangor High School, Northfield Mount Herman School, and Smith College in Massachusetts. She became an avid golfer and skiier while in high school, later sharing her enjoyment of these with family. Inspired by her father’s love of flying, she joined the flying club while at Smith. Following graduation and while living in Boston’s Back Bay, she taught at and then directed the Lower School at Rivers Country Day School. She raised her family in Wayland, Massachusetts, pursuing photography, silk-screen printing and substitute teaching as time allowed. She spent summers with her family in Brewster and moved to Brewster permanently in 1980, enjoying sailing with her husband around Cape Cod and the Islands. Mrs. Brewer earned her pilot’s license at 55 and started an aerial photography business, Felicity Aerials. She was a member of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots, and became well known on the Cape for her aerial photography including artistic aerials taken from her two-seater Cessna. She enjoyed golfing and sailing; volunteering her services for aerial surveys of seal migration, tern-colony counts, and wetland preservation; and loved taking family and friends flying with her. Survivors include her sister, Pauline (Clement) Barron of Hampden, Maine; a son, Philip V. S. Brewer, daughter-in-law Patricia (Nichols) Brewer and two grandchildren, Abigail and Caleb, of Concord, Massachusetts; and a daughter, Judith A. Brewer of Cambridge, Massachusetts. A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday January 3, 2012 at the Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA. Memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 3, 2013

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Richard P Turner Usn Ret

January 6, 2013

To All the Brewer FamilyI wish to send my deepest condolences to the entire family
Barb And Van were my next door nieghbors My Mother Passed away in 1999 and My Father in 2009

Thomas Turner

January 6, 2013

To the Brewer Family:
Please accept my deep and sincere condolences on your recent loss. Barbara, Van, and their family were my next-door neighbors in Wayland for many years. My Mother passed on in 1999 and my Father in 2009. Again, please accept my sympathies at this difficult time.

Anne Smith

January 3, 2013

Dear Judy and Phil and family,
Barbara and Van were a vital part of our community. We will miss but not forget how they redefined retirement for us. Barbara learned to fly and become an expert photographer and Van's watercolors and writings are treasured. Barbara's photo taken from the air of Brewster Park and made into a postcard is a community favorite.

Anne and Ed Smith

sylvia/jay abbott

January 1, 2013

Barbara and Van were so much a part of the Setucket Club from our earliest days in Brewster back in the late 60's. We still have Van's painting of the Brewster Flats hanging in our cottage. Barbara was always an interesting woman to talk with and we admired her many talents and piloting skills. She will be missed along with her husband. We are fortunate to have their adult children to carry on the family legacy. Our sympathy to Phil and family and Judy on their loss.

Bill & Bettina Todd

January 1, 2013

Dear Judy and Phil,

We were very sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you both. Barbara was one of a kind. I enjoyed flying around the Cape with her, her photography, and bringing fresh striped bass from the flats to her and Van. We enjoyed golf behind the Great House and their gracious sharing of the blueberry patch and their house. Our thoughts are with you.

Janet Austin

January 1, 2013

The Brewers were a constant in our lives. When my Dad was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer at 50 years of age, Van called him in the hospital from his ship-to-shore phone. Dad was thrilled, and both Barbara and Van continued to be the most loyal and loving friends to Dad, and to Mom after Dad passed away. Later, Barbara took my husband Kim up in her plane regularly, which was so wonderful. She was amazing, and will be sorely missed.

Larry & Joy Houghton

December 31, 2012

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December 31, 2012

We are very sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. I always enjoyed talking with her about photography and her many years flying over Cape Cod. She will be missed.
Love Ali Williams and Lassana Diawara

Susanne Williams

December 31, 2012

To All the Brewer Family, we were very sad to hear of the loss of Barbara. She and Van were wonderful next-door neighbors to our family in the Setuckett Club in Brewster for many decades and we were great admirers of hers. She will be sorely missed.

December 31, 2012

To all the Brewers:

We were very saddened to read in the Boston Globe today of Barbara's death. She had a long and wonderful life, and we surely enjoyed having her as a next-door neighbor for more than fifty years.Her accomplishments were many.


Mary Jane and Randy Williams