Leslie W. Brewer II passed away on Aug. 22, 2019, after a courageous 10-year battle with cancer.
He was born on April 9, 1957, in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and was the son of Donald and Nora Brewer.
Les attended local schools and graduated in the top 10 with the Class of 1975 from Boothbay Region High School. Seeking higher education, he attended the University of Maine at Orono and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology (Class of 1979). He later studied at Lesley University (photography) and the Art Institute of Boston (graphic design).
Always the entrepreneur, Les’ first commercial venture was the Fantasy Lounge in Southport Island in his grandparent’s barn as a teenage "For Members Only” club. He and his friends Bill Sherman, Ronnie and Billy Arsenault, formed the Open House Band and they played high school dances all over Midcoast Maine, from Bath to Boothbay Harbor.
In the early 1980s Les arrived in Boston and turned his passion of fine art and photography into a lucrative career as owner and CEO of Boris Image Group. After a successful career in Boston, he checked out and returned to Boothbay Harbor to open 43° North where he met many lifelong friends.
The winds later blew Les back to Miami Beach, Florida, where he expanded his success into real estate and other ventures. Working as senior management at Stephen Sills Associates, as a realtor associate at Douglas Elliman Florida, as chief creative officer at Leslie Brewer II, LLC, and as a referral realtor at Gary Hennessy Realtors.
Les enjoyed spending time with his beloved pets and was drawn to the sea at an early age. He learned his love of the ocean through his grandfather and father and carried it with him throughout his life. One of his greatest joys was sharing his success with his friends through fast boats, cars, and grand entertainment just to see the pleasure on their faces … he loved to make others happy. Les’s ironic sense of humor and sharp observations of life were one of his greatest assets.
Les is survived by his parents and siblings, Donald and Nora Brewer of Southport Island, Don Brewer Jr. (Boothbay), Maynard Brewer (Southport Island), Christopher Abaldo (Delaware), Amy Brewer-Durham (Bermuda); his nephews and niece, AJ Durham, Sherman and Jacob Brewer, Isabelle and Logan Abaldo; his Aunt Sandra Thibault, Uncle Pete and Aunt Linda Brewer; many cousins, and his beloved fur babies, Perry and Cooper, and a host of wonderful friends that spread from Maine to Boston, New York City and Miami Beach, Florida.
He was predeceased by his grandparents, Leslie and Dorothy Brewer, and by his fur children, Daisy, Bella, Roscoe and Spike.
The family will be holding a celebration of Les’ life during the summer of 2020 on Southport Island. Les was fortunate to be surrounded by truly amazing friends throughout his life, and the family is so thankful for their kindness and support. We would also like to thank the wonderful staff at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to three areas that were near and dear to Les’ heart — education, animal welfare and a cure for cancer. Please send memorial donations to the Boothbay Region Student Aid Fund (earmarked for Southport Island students) or the Midcoast Humane Society (earmarked for Lincoln County pets) or the Maine Cancer Foundation (MCF).