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Gerald Clyde 'Bono' Britton

 

September 16, 2021

TITUSVILLE, Fla. - Gerald Clyde "Bono" Britton, 84, passed away on Sept. 11, 2021, in Titusville.

Jerry was born Nov. 26, 1936, to Clyde and Esther Britton in Watersmeet, Michigan. He graduated from Watersmeet High School in 1954, and proudly served his country in the U.S. Merchant Marines and U.S. Army from 1955-59, including an overseas deployment in Korea.

He met and married Dorothy Grove in 1965 in Chicago and moved to Streamwood, Illinois, where they lived for nine years until moving back to Watersmeet in 1974.

Bono was a jack-of-all-trades, working as a carpenter, township treasurer, bowling alley manager, in construction, at a saw mill, iron ore mine and more. He served as a longtime volunteer firefighter and Little League coach, and was a member of the Watersmeet Lions Club and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

In 1995, he and Dorothy moved to Titusville as snowbirds. He served on the Camelot Estates condominium board for many years.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Dorothy; daughters, Karen (Søren) Nielsen, and Dawn (Randy) Gauthier; son, Kevin (Jodi) Britton; grandchildren, Jason DeGroot (fiancée Penelope Baggett), Jakob and Isabella Nielsen, and Claire and Julia Britton; sister-in-law, Betty Ann Britton; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Keith Britton; and parents, Clyde and Esther.

Donations can be made in his memory to St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care or the VA Hospitals in Orlando and Viera, where both provided excellent care.

Interment will be at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims, Florida, and will be scheduled at a later time.

 
 

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