In loving memory of Brien William Berisford, we celebrate the remarkable life of a cherished twin, a dedicated soldier, and a beloved friend. Brien was born on June 3rd, 1966, and tragically left us on July 7th, 2023. His journey, though too short, was filled with moments of joy, love, and courage. From the moment Brien entered the world, it was evident that he possessed a radiant spirit. Growing up as a twin, he shared a unique bond with me, his confidant and partner, and best friend in countless adventures. Together, we navigated childhood with laughter, lots of mischief, and an unbreakable connection/bond that transcended words. As we embarked on adulthood, Brien also answered the call to serve his country. Enlisting in the Marine Corps just a year after I had joined, he committed himself to a life of bravery and sacrifice and served his country. Throughout his short military career, he displayed unwavering dedication as military police officer, rising through the rank of Sergeant and earning the respect and admiration of his fellow soldiers. Brien embodied the true spirit of a soldier, demonstrating unwavering courage and selflessness during his enlistment. He faced the challenges of service with resilience, while protecting the freedoms we hold dear. His commitment to his fellow servicemen and women was unwavering, and his acts of bravery will forever be remembered.
Beyond his military accomplishments, Brien had a vibrant personality and an infectious zest for life. He possessed a quick wit and a mischievous smile that lit up any room. His compassion knew no bounds, and he touched the lives of many through his kindness and genuine concern for others. Despite the battles he faced internally, Brien was a source of strength and inspiration for
those around him. He tried so hard to fight the invisible wounds of service with determination, seeking solace and support wherever he could find it. His struggle with the demons reminds us of the importance of addressing mental health challenges in our veterans, and his memory will continue to fuel our resolve to improve the support systems available.
Brien leaves behind a void that can never be filled. He will forever be cherished by his parents, Deborah and Tom; his twin Keith, a sister, Annette, and two sons, Thomas and Nickolas, and the many loved ones whose lives he touched. His memory will be carried forward through the stories, laughter, and tears shared by those who knew him best. In our hearts, Brien will forever remain the epitome of strength, resilience, and love. Though his time with us was far too short, his spirit will continue to guide and inspire us as we navigate life’s challenges. Rest in peace, dear brother. You will be eternally missed and never forgotten.
We must all support our Veterans, leave not one behind, after all, they have given their lives, so that we can have ours.