David James Brant, 61

David James Brant, 61 of Georgetown, Del., passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Christiana Care Health Systems in Newark, Del. He was born on Aug. 15, 1957, in York, Pa., son of the late James W. Brant and Erma Brant.

Brant proudly served in the U.S. Navy, in the Fast Attack Nuclear Submarine Service, from 1980 to 1984. He graduated in the Class of 1994 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital School of Professional Nursing in Norfolk, Va., where he worked at the hospital until 1996. Brant earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wilmington College in 2003.

He worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Penn/Presbyterian Medical Center, Bayhealth Medical Center, Milford Hospital and was a traveling nurse in Maryland and Virginia for many years. He rounded out his nursing career at Beebe Medical Center for 16 years as an RN and educator. Brant was a Diamond State Chapter AACN, Delaware Nurses Association and American Nurses Association member.

As a past director of the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, Brant loved films and dedicated countless hours to the festival. He was previously a board member and continued to volunteer for local AIDS organizations, including Camp Rehoboth and the Sussex County AIDS Council.

Brant enjoyed traveling in his free time, especially to Spain and Bali. He loved going to the beach and meditating while there. He was known for his sense of humor and being quite the jokester, always playing tricks on his coworkers. His good humor would fill a room with laughter and positive energy. He was also a dog lover, especially his St. Bernards, Bentley and Yasha, who preceded him in death.

Brant is survived by his domestic partner of 14 years, Gregory Estes of Georgetown; two sisters, Diana Harbaugh and her husband, Donald, of York, Pa., and Nancy Brant of Lancaster, Pa.; and his two beloved dogs Jagger and Yossi.

A celebration of his life was to be held April 17, 2019, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium in Lewes, Del. A second celebration was to follow April 18, 2019, at Christ Lutheran Church of Loganville, Loganville, Pa. Interment was to follow services, at Susquehanna Memorial Gardens in York, Pa. Flowers were welcome. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shepherd’s Office; 408 N. Bedford St.; Georgetown, DE 19947, with details at www.facebook.com/helpinghomeless and jimmymartin767@gmail.com. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.