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Widow tells story of gracious jewelers who restored late husband’s wedding ring, crucifix

Melissa and Brian Kurz on their wedding day, March 10, 2018.

Melissa and Brian Kurz on their wedding day, March 10, 2018.

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Two days after Christmas last year, Melissa Kurz’s husband was killed on Florida 9B in a terrible crash that left his car swallowed by flames.

Afterward, in shock, she went to the medical examiner’s office where she was given all that was left of Brian Kurz’s belongings. “They hand me, I kid you not, an evidence bag with a block of char,” she said.

In the char, mixed in with a melted mass of seatbelt and shirt, was his platinum wedding ring and a St. Christopher’s necklace with crucifix.

Brian Kurz's wedding ring and St. Christopher's medal, restored by Lakewood Jewelers after he died in a fiery car crash.

Brian Kurz’s wedding ring and St. Christopher’s medal, restored by Lakewood Jewelers after he died in a fiery car crash.

“And that’s all I have left of my husband,” said Melissa, who lives in St. Augustine.

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Brian was 37 and had been a pharmacist at the Walgreens at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and at the World Golf Village. He would sometimes pay the bills of patients who couldn’t afford their needed medication. He loved to play guitar. Some 550 people came to his memorial service at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Augustine.

After Brian Kurz was killed in a fiery December 2021 car crash, his wife was given this evidence bag with his St. Christopher's necklace and wedding ring tangled in a block of char.

After Brian Kurz was killed in a fiery December 2021 car crash, his wife was given this evidence bag with his St. Christopher’s necklace

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