In Honor of Brian Presley
An Open Letter from Dr. David M. Klein, Medical Director, VBA Clinic
This past week, Charlotte County lost a kind and gentle giant.
We were lucky to have this man working for the common good in this community, and I was fortunate to be working by his side for more than twenty years.
He was a major supporter of the Andes Clinic and also an important member of that board and the local Hospital Boards. We worked together to help build the Girl Scout headquarters in Sarasota. We spent many hours supporting and building United Way, the Community Foundation, the Jazz Festival, the Charlotte Symphony, and countless other organizations that the Presley’s helped with beautiful house parties.
But beyond that, Brian was a reverential and positive loving force in the lives of his dear wife, Mary, and all the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in his family.
I spent as much time with Brian as I could in his final days. He was never alone for very long. I was there when he closed his eyes for the last time and the angels flew him away to a beautiful Golden Door that opened for him. But, before he left his earthly bonds, I held a cellphone to his ear, and Mary spoke the most tender words that a loving wife can speak to a beloved husband.
Even Death cannot take away the love, the legacy, and the eternal life of this great man. I know that he has left his stamp on this world, and that one sweet day I will see him again. He will be drinking the finest wine, and I’ll be drinking a beer as he pointed out to me many times.
Rest high on that mountain with the golden sun warming your face and God’s love cloaking you in Eternal Grace and Comfort.
David M. Klein MD FACS
Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic
NOTE: The Presley Family has generously designated that memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic. We are very grateful to the Presley Family to have received this news. Brian will continue to be a special part of our VBA Family, in our hearts today and always. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Mary and the family.