St. John has lost one of its finest ambassadors and his wife has lost her very best friend.
Capt. John Brandi passed away last night after a battle with an unusual cancer.
All of you who had the pleasure of spending time with John, on land or on sea, have incredible memories. John was witty and funny, he absolutely loved life and what he was doing, and he was a very smart businessman.
John and Sue came to St. John a decade ago after a very successful run in the food business. John’s plan was to sit on the beach and read books all day. That lasted three months.
Soon John was doing what he loved again. Working hard to make people happy, first renting dinghies in Cruz Bay and then buying his charter boat and starting Palm Tree Charters. That’s a competitive line of work on St. John, but John ‘s integrity and honesty quickly made him the role model for all other captains.
John endured difficult treatment for his disease, but he remained happy and active, and anybody who followed him on social media knows he never lost his zest for life and for entertaining us.
We will miss John, but we, like many, many people, have wonderful and unique memories, thanks to a very special man. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue.
John may be gone, but – at least for now – his voicemail lives on. And his voicemail is all John Brandi. It will make you smile.
We will miss you John. “It’s true, it’s true..”
Cards to Sue:
6416 Estate Pastory
St. John, VI 00830