Brewster’s family lived in Ridgefield Park before moving to 274 Sherman Avenue in Teaneck. His mother, whose maiden name was Paulsen, was from the Virgin Islands. While Brewster attended Teaneck High, he also attended Mount Hermon Prep and then took engineering courses at NYU. The latter gave him skills he utilized once he attended Kings Point and enlisted in the Merchant Marine.
Brewster was a marine cadet on the SS Syros. It left Philadelphia and head for Iceland where it joined convoy PQ-16, destination Murmansk. Several hundred miles south of Bear Island in the far north, the Syros was torpedoed by U-703 and sank in less than a minute. Few members of the crew survived the sinking on May 26, 1942.
On October 27, 1942, the Hackensack Chamber of Commerce held a day in his honor with speeches and musical performances.
Te-Hi News (Teaneck High School Newspaper)
- 1920 United State Federal Census
- 1930 United States Federal Census
- 1940 United States Federal Census
Kings Pointers in World War II - A Legacy for Kings Point Cadets & Graduates who lost their lives in Word War II
- Brewster, John P. (with details)