John Edward Briner, 87, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter following an extended illness.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Claudia (Bates) Briner; his son, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Briner, and his wife, Laurie; two grandchildren, Harry and Catie Beth Briner; and two brothers, Ted Briner of Middleburg, Va., and Ken Briner of Slough, England.
Born on May 3, 1929, in Slough, England, as the fifth child of Alice and Henry Briner, he and his brother Ted were relocated to the United States in September 1940 during the early years of World War II. John remained in the United States for seven years under the care of Mary and Harold Hamilton of New Brunswick, N.J. At 18, he returned to England and served nearly two years in the Royal Air Force, after which he returned to the United States and was drafted into the U.S. Army and served two years with the 25th Infantry Division in the Korean Conflict. Following his military service, he graduated from Rutgers University and went to work. First, in banking and then for 30 years with the federal government.
John and his wife Claudia relocated to Wilmington in 1995. He was an active member of Masonboro Baptist Church and thoroughly enjoyed his well-earned retirement; he enjoyed an active lifestyle until well into his 80’s.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 30, followed by a memorial service and interment at 11 a.m. at Masonboro Baptist Church, 1501 Beasley Road.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in support of the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
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