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Brian Christopher Wren

June 6, 1979 - July 8, 2019

Brian Christopher Wren, 40, of Wilmington, passed away Monday, July 8, 2019 in a tragic boating accident. He was fatally injured while attempting to help free another boat stranded on a sandbar near Trails End Park. He is survived by his wife, Kerrie Byer, whom he adored, his parents Jim and Peggy Wren and his brother Tim Wren (Sherry) of Charlotte as well as his beloved rescue dogs, Jolene and Molly Malone. Brian is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and friends.

Brian was born in Charlotte, NC and graduated from Providence Day School (’97). He then received his B.A. degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001). Brian had an ongoing love of learning and a very artistic, creative mind as well. After moving to NYC, he fell in love with the art and tradition of tattooing, ultimately pursuing a career in that field. He spent 15 years there honing his craft before moving to Wilmington, NC from Brooklyn in 2016. Brian was passionate about creating unique, custom drawings for his clients and executing them with precision and artistry. His beautiful work will continue to live on in the lives of many.

Brian had an amazing capacity to love and in turn shared his life generously with so many as a devoted and loving husband, son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. He approached life with excitement and excelled at whatever task he attempted. His warmth, thoughtfulness, integrity and habit of putting others first endeared him to all. Brian had a heart of gold and was always there in an uplifting manner to help others. That his last act on earth was one of compassion and assisting another in need is very consistent with how he lived his life. As expressed so well by those who knew him, he was indeed “a man of great humanity as well as artistic talent.”

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