In Memory of

Gary W. Brink

May 10, 1951 - January 13, 2017
Gary Ward Brink passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017 at Accura Healthcare in Cherokee, Iowa. His death was as the result of issues related to his Frontal Temporal Dementia. He had been a resident of the nursing home for almost five years and had received thoughtful and compassionate care there the entire time. Gary was born in Burea, Ohio, on May 10,1951 to Robert and Betty (Ward) Brink. Although his childhood was spent in Ohio and Connecticut, a move to Los Altos, California in 1965 commenced his love for California. He graduated from Los Altos High School in 1969 and went on to obtain a BS and an advanced degree from the University of California, San Diego. He was a computer programmer and worked for the Ford Aerospace Company and three startups in the Silicon Valley. For several years in the 80's he worked in Germany for Ford, and remained good friends with many of his coworkers when they returned to California. Gary began working at Page Mill Winery in the early 90's, helping pour wine for tastings and events. He was the first investor when the Stark family decided to move the operation to the East Bay and even though he continued to live in Los Gatos, he became even more involved in the winery. Gary retired from High Tech in 2005 and began working at the winery nearly full time. When the winery moved to its current location in Livermore, California, Gary and Dane Stark together began the long project of turning a horse stable into the beautiful facility that it has become today. Gary laid every landscaping brick on the property and contributed in countless ways in the ensuing years. He ran the tasting room from the opening in 2006 to 2010. His love of the winery was obvious to anyone who stopped as he was always anxious to talk to anyone about the intricacies of the wine making process and the enjoyment of the wines themselves. Gary was an avid bicyclist. He took part in a yearly bike ride across Iowa numerous times with his sister and nieces. He rode the coast of the United States from Oregon to Los Gatos several times, twice with his niece, Anna Veit Carter. He also enjoyed cooking and pairing good food with his wines. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Brink and Betty Brink. He is survived by his sister Nancy (Stephen) Veit, and their children: Sara (Jorun) Veit Kaufman, Julia (Justin) Walker, Anna (Jonathon) Veit Carter, Stephen Joshua Veit; a brother, Bob Brink and his wife Cyndye of Murrietta, California; eight grand nieces and nephews. Gary wished to donate his brain to the Memory and Aging Department's long term study of Frontal Temporal Dementia at the University of California, San Francisco. He joined their study in February 2012. His wish was to see this form of dementia studied, understood and eradicated. A private service will be held later this year for friends and family.
A private family service will be held at a later date.


Monday, May 29, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Gary's death. Please accept my deepest condolences. Thank you all for being there for him. ”
- Kim F. Brink
Friday, January 20, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Nancy my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Gary has been missed dearly at Page Mill Winery and will always be cherished in our hearts. Peace be with you all. ”
- Lynn M Hearn
Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I am saddened by the loss of a friend and colleague. Gary was one of those truly unique people who's passions propelled him to do great things. My condolescense and thoughts go out to his family and friends. ”
- Stephen Gold
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Gary was a very thoughtful and caring man. Gary was especially fond of his rides with his niece and his time at the winery. He will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
- Rich Stephens
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“My very deepest sympathy, very much of gentleman in a hard time of his life!”
- Carole Voss
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“My sincere condolences to everyone who was touched by Gary. He was kind and smart and a great mentor, who taught me so much!
I will remember him fondly, always...”
- Shilpa Torvi
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers.”
- Mike and Joyce Bechtel
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry. I will miss my fun cousin. I hope your good memories from before dementia set in will be a comfort. Thanks for seeing that he got such good care!”
- Barb Gilliand
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“My Heartfelt condolences to the family. Gary and I played softball together back in the Ford Aerospace days. I remember him fondly.”
- Tom Stark
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know your brother,but sounds like he accomplished a lot in his lifetime. Dementia is a such a cruel illness and it is wonderful he donated to medical science. ”
- Glenda Schleef
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Among my childhood memories of the Brink cousins, I remember Gary jumping on the beds in our sunroom, not five minutes after fierce Uncle Bob came upstairs to tell us to 'STOP JUMPING ON THE BEDS--YOU ARE MAKING THE CEILINGS SHAKE!' (I thought Gary must have a death wish.) And I remember the sparkle in Gary's eye when we got into the 'kissing cousins' discussion at your 65th birthday party, after everyone had imbibed quite a bit of Gary's lovely wine. (When I was little, I wanted to marry Gary.) It's fun to think about those things rather than his last difficult years. Nancy, you have been such a good and faithful sister. ”
- Marcia Brink
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I worked with Gary at Ford Aerospace and was so impressed by him, I hired him (coerced him into joining me) at three companies afterwards, including the last one, Azerity, where he was our Director of Engineering. He did such a wonderful job plus was a great guy and fun to work with. He is missed.”
- Jan McCeery
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I met Gary though his work at Azerity. He was a wonderful co-worker and was missed deeply when he "retired" from the tech life. My thoughts and prayers goes out to his friends and family. ”
- Jenn Channel
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Gary was a great co-worker, a smart guy, a kind man, and a good friend. Ted and I loved his wry sense of humor, and we miss drinking wine with him. We send our condolences to you all.”
- Anita Wotiz
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“My Heartfelt condolences to Gary's family & friends. I remember him very well from our Ford Aerospace days. He was a very find person. I am happy to hear he received such great care after he was struck with this disease.”
- Sharon Storms
Monday, January 16, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of your loss, siblings are our first friends that we play with, fight with,share things with. God bless you with happy memories!”
- corrine lundell
Monday, January 16, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Nancy & Family, I had the honor of meeting Gary long ago. You were a very faithful sister. Sorry for your loss. ”
- Sheree Hausmann
Monday, January 16, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So Sorry for your loss. Enjoy your good memories .”
- Diane and Ken Slater
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