Brian DeKorte

  • Born: August 15, 1971
  • Died: June 28, 2016
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Brian James DeKorte, 44, of Manchester passed away peacefully at home on June 28, 2016 following a lengthy illness.
Brian was born in Norfolk, VA on August 15, 1971 to the late Robert Sigurd DeKorte and Linda Diane (Elliott) Jamele. He was a graduate of Newton North High School in Newton, MA and moved to New Hampshire in 1999. Brian enjoyed his job as a Walmart associate in Manchester until his health made working too difficult. Brian loved spending time at his parent's cottage on Lake Winnisquam, swimming, was an avid fan of all New England sports teams, particularly the Patriots, loved family gatherings and adored his cat, Autumn. He was grateful for the mobility he was afforded after purchasing his motor scooter and spent countless hours touring Manchester on it.
Brian had many qualities; a sense of humor, a quick wit, he was a devoted friend to many and was a good soul. His illness caused him to live a somewhat limited life, but he never let that stop him from enjoying his life, family and friends. He showed no fear and faced life head on, even as a child. You knew one thing for certain about Brian, he loved his family and friends and he always had your back. Anyone who knew Brian knew this and loved him for it. At any family gathering, you could always count on the fact that he would have plenty to say to make you laugh, could debate you on nearly any current event, and could quote lines from just about any movie ever made. Being around him brought out the best in people because he had such a good heart toward others. His presence will be dearly missed.
Brian is survived by his mother, Linda D. Jamele and stepfather, Steven F. Jamele; brother, Robert S. DeKorte II of Kentucky; sister, Cheryl L. DeKorte of Framingham, MA; stepbrothers, Bryan Jamele of South Boston, MA and Christopher Jamele of Chowchilla, CA; stepsister, Lauren Jamele-Townley and her husband, Charles, of Portland, ME; nephew, Joshua DeKorte of Kentucky; uncle, James C. Elliott III and wife Nancy of Lawton, OK; cousin, James C. Elliott IV and wife Laci of Edmond, OK; cousin Patricia Elliott of Lawton, OK, grandmother, Cindy Elliott of Lawton, OK and many other family members too numerous to name. Brian was predeceased by his father, Robert S. DeKorte and his maternal grandparents, James C. Elliott II and Mary (Crowley) Elliott.
Plans for a memorial service to celebrate Brian's life will be announced at a future date. In lieu flowers, donations in Brian's memory may be made to www.kidney.org . For more information, please go to www.phaneuf.net


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Sad day but good to remember him. Condolences for Brian and you.

Posted by Leon Jam - Carnelian Bay, CA - Family   June 27, 2018

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Brian, though your presence on this Earth has ended, your memory will live forever. You were a special person and are now in a place where there is no suffering. May you rest in eternal peace.

Cindy Elliott.

Posted by Cindy Elliott - Lawton, OK - Grandparent   August 07, 2016

Dear Brian,
There are so many special things about you that it's hard to even know where to begin. It seems like just yesterday that you, me and Bobby were watching Kung Fu on Friday nights waiting for Mom and Dad to take us down to Virginia Beach to watch the fireworks. Or, having the time of our lives riding the Swan Boats the first time we visited Massachusetts. It's hard to believe that so many years have gone by and that you are now with God. I know that you are in a better place but I selfishly wish that you were still here with us. I am not sure yet how I am going to handle Thanksgiving and Christmas this year without you there. Hopefully, you will somehow let us know that you are still with us in some way. You being in our lives has made us all better people. No matter what life threw at you, you always made the best of it. Whenever I feel like I need uplifting, I am just going to think of you and your heart of gold. Just so you know, I did get your birthday card. It wasn't signed, but it was on your kitchen counter and I know that you got it for me. It made me smile, because it was such a Briancard. There is a cat next to an empty bird cage on the front and its say There is good in all of us. Inside it says And sometimes there is a parakeet. It is sitting up on my one of my shelves and there it will always stay. Thank you. I miss you and love you so much.
Love,
Your Sister Cheryl

Posted by Cheryl DeKorte - Framingham, MA - Sister   August 06, 2016

Brian and I at the KISS concert (2011),5 years ago in Manchester , NH.

Posted by Ross Horvitz - Newton, MA - Friend   July 29, 2016


To my son, Brian: The hardest thing that I have ever had to hear is that my son had died.
You were one of the best gifts God has ever given me.
I wish I could have you back, just for a little while,
Then we could sit and talk again like we always did.
I will miss our talks. I will miss you.

If I cry, I will remember your courage.
If I get angry, I will remember your love for all of us.
If I am sad, I will remember all of the good times we had together.

I want you to know that the bond between us can never be broken, either by time or distance. My memories of you will always bring a smile to my face, and your strength will bring me courage.

And remember Brian, there are no goodbyes for you and I. Wherever you are, you
will always be in my heart and I will be in yours.

Love and miss you,
Mom

Posted by Linda Jamele - Sanbornton, NH - Mother   July 29, 2016

Although I only had the pleasure to see Brian every few years, it was always apparent he had a love for me as his cousin. From times together where I was too young to get his jokes, to him running me around to the few under-21 clubs in Somerville, to long conversations on the phone and Facebook, every minute spent with Brian he made you feel like you were the most important person in his life. His life was cut way too short, but I can carry on his memory by emulating that incredible characteristic of being engaged and in-the-moment with everyone I interact with. I am honored to have been his cousin and only wish we would have had more time together. Rest in Peace, Cuz!

Posted by James Elliott - Edmond, OK - Family   July 24, 2016

I don't remember exactly how old Brian was when I first met but him, but he must have been about 3 or 4. He was this little munchkin running around the house with the biggest grin I've ever seen. It was like he was in on some secret and he wasn't going to tell. He was so full of energy I was tired just watching him.
Brian always seemed to see the best in life and people. I don't think he ever met a stranger. No matter how much he had, he was always generous with his gifts which included his smile, sense of humor, and caring for those he loved and those he thought he could love.
When I think of Brian I think about his dedication to all the Boston teams, but he was most enamored with the Patriots. I didn't need to keep track of their schedule because Brian would be posting on Facebook about everything going on in the game. He was among their biggest fans.
Brian loved his friends and family. Probably my favorite picture of him was taken when he was holding my grandson, Jackson Elliott. Jackson was about 10 months old and just smiled and smiled at his big cousin. The look on Brian's face was pure joy - it was obvious Jackson has worked his charm on him. No doubt Brian was in love with his little cousin.
Brian always seemed to take what life handed him in stride. He went about living the best life he could, and I don't think I ever heard him complain. He was a quiet soul who seemed comfortable in his own skin.
I don't understand why God wanted him home so soon. All I know is that this world is a little less bright without Brian in it.
RIP, Brian. I love you and miss you very much.
Aunt Nancy

Posted by Nancy Elliott - Lawton, OK - Family   July 24, 2016

I am Brian's Uncle Jimmy. I was staying with my sister, Linda, the day Brian was born. There were some fairly comical moments the day Brian was born, but I will save that for his Celebration of Life service in a few months. Linda decided to name him Brian James DeKorte. His middle name was chosen for my dad and I. I was truly honored. The thing I will remember the most about Brian is his wonderful sense of humor. He was able to mimic many professional comedians, but he also had a very quick wit of his own. Though his life was short, Brian left an indelible mark on everyone who knew him. He never let things get him too down. He was definitely a "glass half full" type of person. He handled his challenges in life with tenacity, courage, and dignity. I have learned much from my nephew. I love you, Brian. I'll keep cheering on the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins for you and me. Rest in Peace!

Posted by Jim Elliott - Meers, OK - Family   July 24, 2016

Linda,
I am very sorry to hear about Brian. He sounds like a very nice person. Hope you are okay. Leon

Posted by Leon Jamele - Paso Robles, CA - Family   July 22, 2016

Brian and I had been friends for over 25 years and I consider him as a brother. He was one of my closest and dearest friends. He was one of my best friends. We shared an awful lot of memories together on the last 25 years. I'm really sad about losing him as his illness took him but will never take his spirit. I will always remember his laugh and he would always stick up for his friends. We watched many Patriot football games together including some great playoff games and some recent Super Bowl games I met Brian working at purity supreme supermarket in 1991 and we hit it off as friends right away. We liked a lot of the same music , saw lots of KISS and Aerosmith concerts together. Brian was a very good singer too when we did karaoke he used to sing Bon Jovi's, wanted dead or alive and usually received a rousing ovation of applause. Back in the day, we used to go dancing and clubbing and he enjoyed that a lot. Many beach days and swimming too. Like I said , he was like a younger brother to me and I will miss him very very much but the many memories we shared will last me forever. My deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Linda, Cheryl , Steve , Bob and all of Brian's family members and friends. He will be missed. God bless you Brian. Rest in peace my brother. Lots of love to you man! You were a great guy!

Posted by Ross Horvitz - Newton, MA - Friend   July 20, 2016


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I don’t remember exactly how old Brian was when I first met but him, but he must have been about 3 or 4. He was this little munchkin running around the house with the biggest grin I’ve ever seen. It was like he was in on some secret and he wasn’t going to tell. He was so full of energy I was tired just watching him. Brian always seemed to see the best in life and people. I don’t think he ever met a stranger. No matter how much he had, he was always generous with his gifts which included his smile, sense of humor, and caring for those he loved and those he thought he could love. When I think of Brian I think about his dedication to all the Boston teams, but he was most enamored with the Patriots. I didn’t need to keep track of their schedule because Brian would be posting on Facebook about everything going on in the game. He was among their biggest fans. Brian loved his friends and family. Probably my favorite picture of him was taken when he was holding my grandso
Brian and I at the KISS concert (2011),5 years ago in Manchester , NH.
Dear Brian, There are so many special things about you that it’s hard to even know where to begin. It seems like just yesterday that you, me and Bobby were watching Kung Fu on Friday nights waiting for Mom and Dad to take us down to Virginia Beach to watch the fireworks. Or, having the time of our lives riding the Swan Boats the first time we visited Massachusetts. It’s hard to believe that so many years have gone by and that you are now with God. I know that you are in a better place but I selfishly wish that you were still here with us. I am not sure yet how I am going to handle Thanksgiving and Christmas this year without you there. Hopefully, you will somehow let us know that you are still with us in some way. You being in our lives has made us all better people. No matter what life threw at you, you always made the best of it. Whenever I feel like I need uplifting, I am just going to think of you and your heart of gold. Just so you know, I did get your birthday card.