George Wilbert Brenton III
Commander, United States Navy
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George W. Brenton III, 67, a Navy Commander who retired in 1981 as head of the defense communications support unit at Camp David, died of heart and lung ailments January 20, 1998 at Vencor Hospital in Arlington, Virginia.

Commander Brenton, who lived in Frederick, Maryland, was born in Washington. He graduated from Central High School.

He joined the Navy in 1950 and served in California, Japan, Taiwan, Hawaii and Washington. His decorations included a Legion of Merit.

On retiring from the Navy, Commander Brenton formed his own business, Ardon Lighting, which sells light bulbs to companies in 30 states.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Barbara Gail Moore Brenton; two children, Susan Marie Brenton , and George Wilbert Brenton IV; a sister, Daurice Brenton Roman; and a brother, Harry Smith Brenton.

He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on January 29, 1998 with full military honors.



The following was submitted by a loving daughter, 
Susan Brenton, in remembrance of her father.

Susan told me "My dad was a great man, father and husband and totally devoted to the 
Navy.....he really deserves this tribute."

Commander George W. Brenton III, United States Navy (Retired), 67, died on January 20, 1998 following an extended illness.

He was born in Washington, D.C. in 1930 and was a 1948 graduate of Central High School. Commander Brenton served in the United States Navy for 30 years and resided in Frederick, Maryland since 1973.

Commander Brenton enlisted in the Navy in 1950. His many duty stations included COM 1st Fleet Staff, COM 7th Fleet Staff and CINCPAC Fleet Staff. Commander Brentonís last assignment was with the White House Communications Agency, serving as Commander of the Defense Communications Support Unit at Camp David. Among his many awards and certificates, he received the Legion of Merit upon his retirement in January 1981.

In June 1981, Commander Brenton started his own business, Ardon Lighting, which currently serves companies in 30 states.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 39 years, Barbara Gail Moore Brenton of Frederick, MARYLAND; two children, Susan Marie Brenton of Jefferson, MARYLAND and George Wilbert Brenton IV of Hanover, Pennsylvania; a daughter-in-law, Robin Adams Brenton of Hanover, Pennsylvania; one sister, Daurice Brenton Roman of Manassas, Virginia; one brother, Harry Smith Brenton of Anderson Island, Washington; many nieces and nephews and "Clyde" and "Jake", his devoted canine buddies.

GW Brenton III Gravesite PHOTO
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, August 2006


Posted: 31 January 1998 Updated: 6 March 2004 Updated: 20 November 2005 Updated: 19 August 2006
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