Newell Brett Hope, Jr.
Newell Brett Hope, Jr.
August 19, 1927 - May 19, 2020


Newell Brett Hope, Jr., 92, of Keystone Heights passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at his residence following a brief illness.

He was born in Tampa and had lived in Interlachen from 1990 until 2010. While living in Keystone Heights he had been a resident of Park of the Palms.

He enlisted into the United States Navy at the age of 17 and served his tour of duty at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Washington, D.C. as a corpsman. Brett worked as a computer programmer for Burroughs Corporation for 27 years and was transferred to several locations throughout the country. He finished his career with Burroughs in Boca Raton, where he was assigned to supervise all operations in South America. In his work he traveled to South America, England and Morocco.

His passion, though, was music. He received a Masterís Degree in music from Stetson University in Deland. He had taught music in several locations including St. Johns River State College in Palatka. He had played trombone with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and sang in a barbershop quartet. In his 70s he learned to fly and got his pilotís license. Brett was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church in Palatka.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Betty Hope, and a brother, George Hope.

Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Bill Hope, Richard and Pamela Hope, and Bob and Maria Hope; two grandchildren, Ian Hope and Charlotte Hope; and his special companion, Helen Hess.

Funeral services with military honors will be private. Pastor Rick Freese, Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be sent to St. John Lutheran Church, 1262 South State Road 19, Palatka, FL 32177. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.themastersfuneralhomescom.

Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

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