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New city park is a lasting tribute to beloved physician and his wife

PLANT CITY Friends and family of the late Dr. Hal Brewer agreed that the retired physician would have been delighted with the new city park named for Brewer and his wife Lynn.

“They loved (Plant City), they loved you and I know that my Dad would have loved being a part of this here today,” his daughter Cindy Gutowski told a crowd of more than 150 people at the park’s March 21 dedication.

City officials who spoke at the ceremony said it was fitting to name Dr. Hal and Lynn Brewer Park after a couple who had devoted so much of their lives to helping others.

“Hal, my friend, this is for you,” Mayor Mary Mathis said.

The 10.5 acre park at 1491 Hunter St. includes a pond, paved walking trail, pavilion and benches. A plaque in memory of Brewer, who died Nov. 5, 2012, sits next to the pavilion.

“We are extremely proud to add this facility to our parks inventory,” said Jack Holland, director of the Plant City Recreation and Parks Department.

Brewer, known affectionately as “Dr. Hal,” delivered an estimated 5,000 babies over a nearly four-decade medical career that ended in 1996. In his retirement, Brewer remained active in such organizations as the Boy Scouts and Plant City Entertainment community theater.

Brewer grew up in Mississippi, served in World War II and received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi in the late 1950s. He did his residency at Tampa General Hospital and started practicing in Plant City in 1960.

Brewer endeared himself to generations with his humor, grace and charm. His accolades included the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center’s Heritage Award and the Plant City Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

He was 85 when he died.

Brewer’s dedication to community service was the common theme throughout the ceremony.

“As many of you know, Dr. Brewer was involved in many civic clubs and organizations throughout Plant City,” Holland said.

Mathis encouraged everyone to visit the park and exercise.

“This is what it’s here for,” she said. “It’s a time where you can reflect, pray, and get into yourself and enjoy the park.”

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