David James Brant, enjoyed traveling

April 13, 2019

David James Brant, 61, of Georgetown, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Christiana Care Health Systems in Newark. He was born Aug. 15, 1957 in York, Pa., son of the late James W. and Erma Brant.

Mr. Brant proudly served in the United States Navy in the Fast Attack Nuclear Submarine Service from 1980 to 1984. He graduated from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital School of Professional Nursing, in Norfolk, Va., Class of 1994, where he worked at the hospital until 1996. Mr. Brant earned his BSN from Wilmington College in 2003.  He worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Penn/Presbyterian Medical Center, Bayhealth Medical Center, Milford Hospital and was a traveling nurse in Maryland and Virginia for many years. He rounded out his nursing career at Beebe Medical Center where he worked for 16 years as an RN and educator. Mr. Brant was a Diamond State Chapter AACN, Delaware Nurses Association, and American Nurses Association member.

As a past director of the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, Mr. Brant loved films and dedicated countless hours to the festival. He was a previous board member and continued to volunteer for local AIDS organizations including CAMP Rehoboth and Sussex County AIDS Council.

Mr. Brant enjoyed traveling in his free time, especially to Spain and Bali. He loved going to the beach and while he was there, he enjoyed meditation. Mr. Brant was known for his sense of humor and being quite the jokester, always playing tricks on his coworkers. His good humor would fill a room with laughter and positive energy. He was also a dog lover, especially his St. Bernards, Bentley and Yasha, who preceded him in death.

Mr. Brant is survived by his domestic partner of 14 years, Gregory Estes of Georgetown; two sisters: Diana Harbaugh and her husband Donald of York, Pa., and Nancy Brant of Lancaster, Pa.; and his two beloved dogs, Jagger and Yossi.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 17, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may visit beginning at 10 a.m.

A second Celebration of Mr. Brant's Life will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 18, at Christ Lutheran Church of Loganville, 80 S. Main St., Loganville, Pa. Interment will follow services at Susquehanna Memorial Gardens in York.

Flowers are welcome, and memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Brant's name to the Shepherd's Office, 408 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947,,, checks made payable to Shepherd's Office.

Visit Mr. Brant's Life Memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at