Don Tomkins, former owner of Brother Dons in Bremerton, dies at 88

If they serve alcohol in Heaven, right now, Don Tompkins is going around asking, “Show me the courtesy” to have a drink with him. It was Tompkins’ signature line and will likely echo for years at Brother Don’s Bar & Grill in Bremerton or hundreds of other stomping grounds he roamed in his 88 years.

Tompkins, who never knew a stranger; had a smile that could crack the veneer of a person’s depression as easily as one cracks an egg; served as a mentor and friend to many; and could not turn down an invitation to party or organize a group of guys to go on golfing junkets from Gold Mountain to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He died March 31 of a heart attack.

“I called him the rock star,” said Gordon Rinke, who, with Bart Bruckman, is now a partner in Brother Don’s, having purchased it from Tompkins several years ago.

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