Brett Eugene Kirkland, 55, passed away on August 26, 2015 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. He was born in St. Petersburg, FL on October 29, 1959 and moved to Gainesville as an infant. He was the son of the late M. Eugene Kirkland and Barbara B. Hall and step son of the late J. Howard Hall. Brett graduated from Gainesville High School, attended Santa Fe College and Daytona Beach Community College. It was in Daytona that he found his love for surfing. Not only the waves at Daytona but later in Costa Rica, Southern California, and best of all Hawaii. He never lost his love of the ocean. Brett leaves behind step brothers, James H. Hall, Jr. and Fred Hall, and a step sister, Martha Kloeppel (Bill) as well as two nieces, Susan Harney and Nancy Hall Sanders (Sam), plus two great nephews and one great niece. He also leaves an aunt, Margie Barker Jewell and two uncles, Buck Boyette (Anne) and James Boyette (Sandra). 21 first cousins and second cousins also mourn his passing. A Memorial Service will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 100 NE 1st Street Gainesville, FL on Thursday September 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception following in the Page Parrish Hall. Service will be conducted by the Rev. Louanne Loch, Rector of Holy Trinity. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal School at 301 North Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601.