OUTDOORS: Remembering the multi-talented Wayne Brewer


I surpassed the rod to Wayne Brewer and stated, “It’s your flip to reel. I’m bored with catching all of the fish.” We have been flat-lining off the end of Montauk and catching a mess of stripers. As I recall, he jumped to the charter boat’s stern and, with a great deal of enthusiasm, introduced in a nice striper.

That unique ride became a spontaneous adventure that turned into prepared in a lodge parking zone. Wayne Brewer and I have had some spur-of-the-moment get-togethers.


The Montauk journey started at a New York State Outdoor Writers Association conference held in Auburn 10 years ago. Three or 4 of us said goodbye after the sports were over while Joel Lucks from Long Island cautioned we fish for blues and striped bass at Montauk. Brewer and I right away raised our fingers — and the trip changed into the book. We stated sure before we even packed our vehicles for the journey home.

That changed into my first trip with Wayne. It would no longer be my ultimate. We have fished together on Seneca and Cayuga lakes and trolled for trout and salmon on Lake Ontario.

Our ultimate day trip collectively becomes on Cayuga Lake ultimate June, wherein 4 out of doors writers reeled in fish while remembering all our beyond adventures. We have been fishing with constitution captain Jim Morgan. We all shared inside the suitable instances that day … and fish. The laughs had been actual and abundant.

Donald “Wayne” Brewer, sixty-nine, passed away unexpectedly, however peacefully, on Tuesday (February 12, 2019) at Geneva General Hospital.

For those of you who neglected the obituary that regarded in this newspaper a week in the past, right here is part of it:

“The family will receive pals from four to 7 p.M. On Thursday (March 7) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 South Main Street in Ovid. A Memorial Service can be held at Ovid Federated Church at 10 a.M. On Friday (March eight) with a reception right now following the South Seneca Sportsman’s Club. Personal internment might be held at Ovid Union Cemetery at the convenience of the circle of relatives.

“Wayne is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda, and his kids Christie Marie Brewer of Hayes Corners, Donald T. Brewer of Fairfield County and Douglas W. Brewer of Seneca Falls; his siblings Roger (Kathy) Brewer of Romulus, Pam Armitage of Hayes Corners and Martin (Lisa) Brewer of Ovid; and his nieces and nephews Billy, Donna, Scott, Kelly, Kerry, Sarah, Matthew, and the beloved own family dog, ‘Mia.’

“From a completely young age, Wayne and his family have been deeply concerned in 4-H. The early life lessons he discovered as a member of 4-H had a lasting effect on his existence and his profession. Instead of vegetation, kindly recall a donation in Wayne’s reminiscence to Seneca County four-H, positioned at 308 Main Street Shop Centre in Waterloo.

“Wayne was born in Geneva, New York, on September 4, 1949, the eldest infant of the late Donald J. And Rose M. (Travis) Brewer. He changed into a small-city farm boy from Ovid, New York. His dad and mom had been 2d-era farmers who instilled in their four children a sturdy work ethic and excessive ethical character. These middle values stimulated Wayne’s sizable instructional and expert achievements. Upon graduation from Interlaken High School, he earned his A.A.S. Degree in Natural Resources from SUNY Morrisville, later triumphing alumni of the 12 months in 1997. He then entered Cornell University, where he earned a B.S. In Wildlife Science. He subsequently enrolled at the University of Connecticut and earned an M.S. In Zoology. In 1994, Wayne attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, graduating with a perfect grade point.

“It becomes throughout his adolescence that Wayne developed a deep love for the outside, flora and fauna and nature. He turned into happiest on foot thru the woods identifying and following animal tracks, scoping out ‘that elusive huge buck,’ or fishing within the Finger Lakes Region. His love for the outdoors and passion for flora and fauna turned into contagious, and it knowledgeable his environmental profession alternatives. Early on, he diagnosed he ought to make good-sized contributions to the protection and renovation of wildlife and herbal habitats using becoming an Environmental Conservation Officer. Simultaneously, the physical necessities for an ECO included a minimum peak of five feet 9 inches.

He turned into employed as an ECO on June 28, 1973, after which relieved of duty 5 days later due to the fact he became one-sector-inch too quick. Wayne becomes undeterred, and for 2 months, he engaged in a regimented plan to stretch his body by hanging upside down each day. He added a one-zone inch to his top, and in September of 1973, he was reinstated and appointed to the position of ECO of Seneca County. Little did anybody recognize on the time how that zone-inch of height would outline Wayne’s profession. He hastily ascended the ranks at NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and, at the age of 31, became the youngest person promoted to Captain in the history of the employer. When he retired after 25 years of public service, Wayne had completed the rank of Colonel. He served as the Director of the NYS Environmental Conservation Police, supervising a body of workers of 340 environmental law enforcement professionals across DEC’s 9 regions.”

After he retired, Wayne lowers back to his liked Seneca County, enjoyable a promise he made to come home and serve his community. He labored as a Seneca County welfare fraud investigator and element-time deputy several years earlier than serving for a year as Seneca County undersheriff. Writing and teaching have been the defining traits of his 2d career, although.

He turned into a prolific freelance outside writer with endless articles published in local and regional newspapers, statewide and national environmental magazines, and exchange journals.

Wayne turned into a proud member of the NYSOWA and became serving as the organization’s beyond the president. He also becomes a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers.

Outdoor writer Bill Hilts Jr. Remembered Wayne fondly.

“Wayne Brewer becomes an amusing-loving man that you may rely on,” Hilts said. “As a law enforcement officer, he was the consummate ECO for DEC. Quickly growing via the ranks with his passion, desire, and paintings-ethic, he finally became the ‘top cop’ in New York.

“He delivered that same mindset to the NYSOWA. Whether it changed into his paintings as president (his time period ended remaining yr) or serving on one of the group’s committees, he turned into a take-fee type of guy with most effective the satisfactory of intentions. Ethically, there wasn’t a better guy. This is not to mention he didn’t revel in life and the outdoors to its fullest.

“His sense of humor became infectious, and he cherished to stir the pot amongst his friends. By the same token, he may also take a comic story with the nice of them. His writing turned into something that he labored tough at, doing his satisfactory to enhance his craft. To see how ways he had traveled in his writing journey … he currently won a prestigious NYSOWA Excellence in Craft Award (what insiders seek advice from as a ‘Donald,’ a wonderfully carved decoy by professional carver Bill Suitor of Youngstown, N.Y.

“Most of all, Wayne changed into a good pal and a laugh to be round. I turned into lucky to fish several instances with him, and it changed into always a satisfaction to proportion a boat and lots of guffaws. We will without a doubt miss him.”

Leo Maloney, every other outdoor writing colleague, echoed lots of the one’s sentiments.

“When someone first met Wayne Brewer, they have been usually struck through his friendly nature and humorousness,” Maloney said. “That influence might not be incorrect because he had a superb humorousness, enjoyed life, and shared a limitless supply of testimonies on the lighter aspect. Quite frequently, the funny story of the testimonies turned into on him. Wayne turned into a wonderful storyteller and will hold a target audience entertained for hours with his teens’ testimonies, his adveDEC career adventures a solid of colorful characters that he related to.

“But underlying his fun-loving nature become a severe, devoted expert who cared deeply about the outside, his profession in law enforcement, and the project of the DEC Environmental Conservation Officers. He worked tough to carry out this role and establish an excellent code of ethics for outdoor sports and flora and fauna. This same dedication carried over to his writing career and commitment to doing the high-quality process possible in his newspaper or mag articles. He served NYS Outdoor Writers’ Association with the equal sense of difficult paintings and nice effort in the DEC Law Enforcement roles.

Whether it becomes perception into DEC operations or funny incidents in the sporting international, he may want to make long hours across the fire or on the fishing boat skip fast.”