Obituary of Bryant McDermott
Brick “Bryant” McDermott, Jr. passed away from a tragic accident on Sunday, February 13, 2022. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 29, 2008, Bryant is the son of Laura and Brick McDermott and older brother to Simmons, with whom he shared the same birthday.
To know Bryant was truly one of life’s greatest gifts. His infectious smile, zest for life, and kind heart immediately engaged you. He held a depth and strength of character that was unique for a thirteen year old, always welcoming friends to share in the fun. Like his genuine parents, Bryant enjoyed time with family and many friends from his Myers Park neighborhood, Myers Park Baptist Weekday School, Selwyn and Saint Gabriel Catholic Elementary, and Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School communities. Whether on the field, shooting hoops, enjoying a Coke, Moosehead wings, or cheering on his favorite sports teams, UNC, Clemson, Kentucky, the Atlanta Braves, the Charlotte Hornets, his beloved Carolina Panthers, and, like his late grandfather, any winning team, Bryant’s enthusiasm was magnetic.
The McDermott boys enjoyed a lot of brother time playing NBA2K, pop a shot, and driveway hoops. Simmons looked up to his big brother and always loved being with Bryant and his friends. Family trips, shopping for jerseys and shoes, and spending time with his cousins held special memories as well. Truly a dynamic foursome, Laura, Brick, Bryant, and Simmons were always up for an adventure.
Bryant’s love for sports began at an early age. His natural ability to handle a ball, his determination and drive flourished during his favorite sports camps at Queens University and the McCallie School. Living his childhood aspirations, Bryant played football for the South Park Youth Association League and most recently for the 7th grade championship team, wearing #45 for Holy Trinity where he was a middle linebacker. He was known for his tenacity and ability to make plays all over the football field. He soared on the basketball court as well playing for Pro Skills Basketball, CLT Flight and The Lab City Dragons AAU teams, as well as #33 for Holy Trinity. His biggest accomplishment on the court came this past season when he scored 18 points as shooting guard in a big win over Charlotte Country Day School. He wore many jerseys and his favorite Air Jordans with great confidence and ability.
In addition to his loving parents, brother and his beloved dog, Birdie, he is also survived by his great grandmother, Jane “Mimi” Waddell, his grandparents, Yvonne “Bon” Knutson and her husband Jim “Coach Jim” Collins, Jane Anne “Jami” McDermott and Gregory “Poppy” McDermott; his aunts and uncles, Brian Knutson, his wife Sarah and their children Jack, Walker, and Bodie; Katie Porterfield, her husband Chapman and their children Miller, Maggie, and Tripp; his Aunt, Jennifer Macneir, her husband Michael and their daughter Georgia; his Aunt Madison McDermott Frank, her husband Ryan and their daughter, Charlotte Jane, and many other family members that loved him dearly. Bryant is preceded in death by his grandfather, Gary Knutson.
Bryant’s visitation and wake will be held on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 from 5:30-7:00pm and his funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 2pm at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Road, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28211. The family kindly invites attendees to wear their favorite jersey or team colors to Mass on Wednesday. The funeral Mass will be available online at https://stgabrielchurch.org/livefunerals.
In lieu of flowers, the McDermotts have established a memorial in Bryant’s name in support of athletic and community initiatives. Contributions may be made to “The Bryant McDermott Memorial Fund,” Pinnacle Financial, 5980 Fairview Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28210.
Bryant will live on through the wonderful gift of organ donation.
May we walk with an extra spring in our step knowing that Bryant’s love for life is emblazoned upon our hearts.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
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