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Brian Caldwell

Brian J. Caldwell

Wednesday, February 4th, 1948 - Wednesday, January 6th, 2021
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Brian J.Caldwell. Born February 4, 1948 and passed into eternity on January 6, 2021

Brian had the distinction of being the eldest of six Caldwell children-our big brother. He graduated from Chaminade High School, Mineola, NY in 1965 and from Oneonta, NY State College in 1969. Brian was an incredibly gifted individual in many ways but he decided quickly in life that sharing those gifts with big corporate America was not for him. He was a unique trailblazer and very comfortable in his own skin and the choices he made for his life. Conforming to others expectations was of little interest to Brian.

Brian was an avid reader and could handle any NY Times crossword puzzle with little effort. He loved yard sales and finding the right piece of furniture to improve his distinct decorating style gave him much pleasure. Brian couldn’t kill a plant if he tried. Every plant he ever owned or took under his care blossomed from his green thumb. He was an extremely gifted artisan but life’s demands prevented him from wholly pursuing this hobby.

Brian loved animals but dogs were clearly his favorite. Beginning in college and throughout his life even to the day of his passing Brian always owned dogs and kept them very comfortable and well fed in his care! His love of dogs led Brian to follow his life passion in becoming the best dog groomer he could be. All dogs, all fur types, all personality types-Brian could handle any of them and routinely work his transformational magic upon them.

Before retiring to Florida in 2006 Brian spent most of his adult life living in NYC and Long Island, NY. While the heat of Florida in the summer was not always ideal for Brian he greatly enjoyed not having to shovel snow ever again and reminding those who did. He loved the ocean all of his life and would spend many, many hours there during his lifetime.

Brian’s sense of humor was second to none. He was very quick witted and rarely lacked in finding an appropriate summary statement or response to any of life’s situations. He was always very approachable and for that he made friends easily.

His family and friends will miss him terribly.

Brian was predeceased by his parents John and Nancy Caldwell of Port Washington NY. He is survived by siblings Douglas (Joseph Schneider), Keith, Christopher (Marie),John (Claire McCoy) and Anne (Andrew) Uveno along with nieces Kristina and Carly, nephews Kevin, Sean and Jackson. Services and burial are private.
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Marie Caldwell

Posted at 09:20am
When I think of Brian I first think of the Caldwell family as a whole because they were always all together during our annual Christmas visits and other trips to Port Washington from ‘79-‘87. And then all 5 siblings graced our house together for Christmas ‘88.

What I remember the most was the constant joking and laughing. Brian could tell a great story, or come out with incredibly funny jabs, or just sit back and watch the show with his memorable “Cheshire” cat smile. Those were really happy times. It meant a lot to me to be part of a big family, and Brian was a charming new big brother.

I remember one visit he couldn’t wait for us to come see his new apartment in (or near) Port, with all his great “yard” sale finds from the wealthy areas near Port, where many of his clients were. And he had plenty of stories about them as well.

When nieces and nephews came along, he was a very proud Uncle Brian, often on the floor playing with them, or holding them lovingly.

In these later years, after he moved to Naples, he frequently called just to chat with “Christopher”. To just catch up on family news and to joke and laugh about life. It really meant a lot to him when Chris flew down just to see him.

There’s no doubt that he loved his family and nieces and nephews. We will never forget his disarming charm, his copious wit, his indelible smile. And we’re really going to miss those calls that we have become so accustomed to receiving.

Rest In Peace Brian. We love you too.

MH

Marlene Healion

Posted at 07:06am
Dear Caldwells:
So many memories of Fairview Ave and a shared childhood came back to me when I heard of Brian’s passing. Christmas presents from the Caldwells hid in our basement and wrapped on Christmas Eve, so surprises were kept. Your parents blocking off of upstair bedrooms with blankets to preserve air conditioning..Mandy in the basement...Mrs Ward patching up Johnny’s cuts after the kitchen door slammed shut on him..a lifetime ago but the memories are still so strong.
Brian was a lifelong friend who saw the humor in most everything and could make you see it as well...I will miss him dearly.
Marlene (Blank) Healion
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