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Scott Brandle

March 18, 1975 - July 1, 2017

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Scott Christopher Brandle, 42, previously a long-time resident of the Riverside portion of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away suddenly on July 1, 2017. Scott was born to Ray and Charlotte Brandle on March 18, 1975 in Patterson, New Jersey. Early in life, Scott showed an interest in science and music. In the 1980’s, the Brandle’s moved down to Florida, where Scott ultimately graduated from Clay County High School. When he was very young, Scott used to string large rubber bands around a chair at different intervals so that their tone changed when plucked. Charlotte saw what needed to be done and bought her son his first guitar. Scott excelled quickly with the instrument. This may be attributed to his left-handedness, as it gave him incredible dexterity on the PRS guitars he enjoyed so much.  Perhaps you’ve heard of some of the bands Scott played in or wrote music for? Inferno, Inner Scarlet, Negative Saints, or Supercollide may all sound familiar. Scott’s interest in science manifested itself through astronomy and cosmology, which he studied for a time at college. Quantum physics, string theory and whether the next type of sentient beings we humans would encounter really would be silicon based in structure, really did keep Scott up some nights. Of course, this made him a huge follower of the thoughts and teachings of Einstein, Oppenheimer, Hawking, and his personal favorite, Carl Sagan, whom he would imitate with his, “Billions and Billions of stars” catch phrase.

The moral of this story is, Scott was taken from us all too soon. No, we didn’t all get along all of the time, but that really isn’t the point. Years after having a falling out with this friend or “that guy”, Scott would reminisce about people and places, wishing they were still connected.  What is truly important here, is that when Scott loved, he loved with his whole mind and his whole heart. His own vulnerability was something he had come to terms with and embraced in recent years. Most of his life, Scott was a fairly militant atheist. Those friends and family members whom disagreed with him found themselves down a rabbit hole of philosophy, intellect and existential debate. At the end, Scott often would look at you and say, “Well, I hope you’re right.” He went on to explain how the relationships between humans became that much more important. In his mind, we only really had each other to rely upon. Another quote from Sagan that seems fitting, “The world is so exquisite, with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there’s little good evidence. Far better, it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look Death in the eye, and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides.”

 

Scott is predeceased by his parents. Raymond and Charlotte Brandle; many cats, but one in particular, One-Eyed Willy; and his constant companion, a rat terrier named Ezekiel “Zeke” Huevo Negro.

He is survived by his sister, Lisa Youmans; his niece, Taylor Youmans; his nephew, Spencer Youmans; also by a myriad of bandmates, barflies, high school buddies, metal mavens, true-blue friends and a token ex-wife.

 

Services and events for Scott are completely non-traditional, thus very fitting. The first is a benefit concert to be held at Dee’s in Orange Park on Saturday, August 26, 2017. The second event is a Celebration of Life to be held at Nighthawks in Riverside on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

We all miss you, Scotty, and because of you, we all know that, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” Rest easy.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of ICS Cremation and Funeral Home. Please leave words of comfort for the family on our website: www.icsfuneralservices.com under obituaries.