New EASTERN Award Honors Graduate: Jamie Brett Memorial Scholarship

Jamie Brett looking under the hood of a car.Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) announces a new award honoring the memory of Jamie Brett, a 1982 Collision Repair Technology and Upper Moreland High School graduate. Mr. Brett passed away peacefully on Friday morning, March 12, 2021 at his home in Abington, with his family by his side, after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. His family has chosen to honor his memory with an annual award to be granted to a Collision Repair Technology graduate at EASTERN’s Awards Night each May. This award will be presented by members of the Brett family to a student chosen by Collision Repair Technology Instructor who will use the funds toward continued education or tools of the trade.

Jamie Brett sitting in the window of a race car.Always an auto enthusiast, Mr. Brett spent many years in the collision repair field and the last 16 years as manager and owner/operator of O’Neil Collision Center in Hatboro, PA. He built a thriving and well- respected business, where both his children and brother plan to continue the family business. Over the years he repaired and “flipped” many cars, motorcycles, and a boat, but was especially fond of old muscle cars and classics. He owned a car from every Pontiac Trans Am Series, his favorites; a 1972 Plymouth Road Runner (his first), a 1968 Pontiac Firebird Convertible, and his current, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle. When Mr. Brett wasn’t working, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially on sunny summer days by the pool.

Donations may be made in his honor, to the Jamie Brett Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to a graduate of Eastern Center for Arts and Technology Collision Repair Program. Contributions can be made payable to the EASTERN Foundation, with Jamie Brett Memorial Award in the notes section, or use the drop down menu to select the Jamie Brett Memorial Award here –

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