By TIM WELCH | Wilton
On Monday, I attended the funeral of Curt Brieske. There are people in all of our lives who we tend to take for granted, and then when they’re gone, we look back and realize that we did not appreciate him/her enough when we had them. The contributions Curt made to his community over his whole lifetime, kinda flying under the radar because of his quiet, unassuming demeanor, are indeed impressive.
For me, it began by working with him as the Wilton Village Clerk, and then as a very valued board member. He had a way of breaking things down to the least common denominator, and it seemed like he only spoke when he had something of value to offer. At least in my experience with him, he didn’t speak much, but when he did, he was like E.F. Hutton: when Curt spoke, people listened.
I’m sure those who worked with him in the Lions Club, on the school board, or at work would agree. In recent years, I did not have a lot of contact with Curt, but in the few instances I did, I left with some much-needed support from someone who did not give it unearned, much appreciated advice, or wisdom. I never left after a conversation with Curt feeling like I wasted my time. I’m sure that because Curt was not a real social kind of guy, and like I say, kinda flew under the radar, a lot of people in the area will never appreciate what we have lost with his passing. I am not one of them. I will miss him, and so will we all. Thank you, Curt Brieske.