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Clear Creek Trail creator to be honored Sunday

An informal memorial gathering remembering Paul Brittain is from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Clear Creek Interpretive Center. Brittain created the Clear Creek Trail and was a key figure in the development of Silverdale. - Silverdale Chamber of Commerce courtesy photo
An informal memorial gathering remembering Paul Brittain is from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Clear Creek Interpretive Center. Brittain created the Clear Creek Trail and was a key figure in the development of Silverdale.
— image credit: Silverdale Chamber of Commerce courtesy photo

Months after his death, Paul Brittain continues to be remembered and honored by the community.

Brittain, a Silverdale pharmacist who left a lasting impression on Silverdale, died in January after a lengthy battle with myelomonocytic leukemia. The Clear Creek Task Force, along with family and friends, will host an informal memorial gathering for Brittain from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Clear Creek Interpretive Center.

“He was a really quite remarkable person,” said friend Natalie Bryson, who knew Brittain for more than 40 years. “He was a very revered person in Kitsap County.”

Brittain, a 1958 graduate of the University of Washington School of Pharmacy, owned his first pharmacy on Perry Avenue before he purchased the Village Pharmacy in 1979. The Village Pharmacy is located in what is now part of the Silverdale Red Apple Market on Silverdale Way. Brittain and his wife, Marion, sold the pharmacy in 1989. He worked for various pharmacies, including Group Health in Silverdale, until his retirement in July 2006 from Village Pharmacy in Leavenworth.

“He did a lot of things to improve the quality of life in our community,” said Tex Lewis, Clear Creek Task Force co-chair.

Brittain was active in what was then the Central Kitsap Chamber of Commerce, serving as president in 1979. He spearheaded the drive to acquire the Old Mill Site Park and started the Clear Creek Trail in 1993, according to Lewis.

“He started the Clear Creek Trail and was very interested in the parks and other issues,” Bryson said. “It’s an endless list of things he’s done.”

Sunday’s memorial gathering will open with a dedication of a commemorative eagle in remembrance of Brittain.

“Paul was very much inspired by eagles,” Lewis said. “He was extremely fond of eagles and saw them as a symbol of how high Silverdale could soar.”

The event will be informal and will allow people to mingle with family and friends, tour the Clear Creek Interpretive Center and walk the Clear Creek Trail.

“It’s an opportunity to just let friends and neighbors gather and have an opportunity to mingle with his family,” Lewis said.

Brittain inspired Lewis and showed him how “an idea could spark good things in a community.”

“I never knew him to be harsh or critical,” he said. “He was inspirational on how he dealt with people.”

Sunday’s memorial gathering is open to anyone who would like to attend.

“It’s going to be really a very wonderful day,” Bryson said. “He’s just really a very special person.”

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