Richard R or Rich BrandtAge: 65 years1925–1991
- Richard R or Rich Brandt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) - May 31, 1991 Deceased Name: RICHARD R. BRANDT, HOMEBUILDER Services will be on Saturday for Richard R. Brandt Sr., a homebuilder, businessman and antique car enthusiast who helped form the Wilton Manors Police Auxiliary in the late 1950s. Mr. Brandt, who had lived in Gulf Stream in Palm Beach County since 1979, died on Tuesday after a heart attack. He was 65. Mr. Brandt moved to Wilton Manors from Barrington, Ill., in 1956 to build homes in the developing Coral Ridge neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale, his wife, Corrine, said. He later served 18 years as general manager of Chemical Packaging Corp. in Pompano Beach. Partly because of the rivers that encircle Wilton Manors and the dangers they posed to children, families were looking for ways to boost the small city's police force. With several other residents, Mr. Brandt was a member of the first Wilton Manors Police Auxiliary in 1958, which in addition to other duties helped direct traffic outside churches on Sunday mornings. The Brandts moved in 1979 to Gulf Stream, an oceanfront community where Mr. Brandt oversaw construction of a mansion for friend and fellow car buff George Von Essen. The home, which took three years to build and included a nine-car garage, was Mr. Brandt's pride and joy, Corrine Brandt said. Mr. Brandt developed a passion for old cars when his sons were teen-agers in the late 1960s and bought their first vehicles, his wife said. He joined and later served as president of the Fort Lauderdale region of the Antique Car Club of America, and also belonged to several other clubs dedicated to the wheels of yesteryear. Mr. Brandt could also be seen tooling down South Florida roads in one of his classic cars, a 1956 Ford Thunderbird one day, a 1932 Cadillac convertible the next. A code enforcement officer and building inspector for Gulf Stream, he spent most of his free time tinkering with and driving the cars. ''He could do just about anything. He was really a well-rounded mechanic,'' Von Essen said. ''He used to enjoy to tour with the cars, down to the Keys, or over to Naples.'' In addition to his wife, Mr. Brandt is survived by a son, Richard Jr., of Gulf Stream; a daughter, Nancy; a brother, Jack, of Wisconsin; and one granddaughter. Another son, Tom, was killed in a 1988 boating accident. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lorne & Sons Funeral Home, 745 N. Federal Highway, Delray Beach.