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BREAKELL – Robert Bernard FCA

May 22, 1932– September 1, 2011

Robert “Bob” Breakell was born in Calgary on May 22, 1932, and passed away peacefully in Calgary on Friday, September 1, 2011 with his family at his side.

He was predeceased by his parents Gordon and Gladys, and brother Ronald. Bob is survived by the love of his life and wife of 56 years, Maxine; son Robert, wife Cyndy, and their sons Kyle and Evan, all of Brooks; and son Mark of Calgary. Bob became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta in 1964. He was appointed to the CICA Impact Committee and was awarded the prestigious designation of FCA in 1998. The enthusiasm for volunteer work was always a part of Bob’s life. He was instrumental in bringing football to Brooks in 1978. He served as President of the Medicine Hat Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the Brooks and District Chamber of Commerce. Bob was treasurer and co-chair of the Friends of the Royal Tyrell Museum of Palaeontology. Bob was appointed to the U of C Senate in the role of Inquires Committee Vice Chair.

As part of Bob’s wishes, there will be a Graveside Service at ST. MARGARET’S CHURCH & CEMETERY EAGLE BUTTE, Cypress Hills, Township Road 74 at Eagle Butte Road south of Dunmore, on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with Dr. David J. Carter officiating. In lieu of flowers, Bob would like donations to be made to Brooks Community Football (Box 116, Brooks AB, T1R 1B2) Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com

In living memory of Robert Breakell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Dear Maxine, Robbie, Mark and families:
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Bob. I often think of the many, many good times out at the lake in Brooks, I must say it was a highlight for me to spend the weekend in Brooks with my kids and your family. We are all deeply sorry. Last summer I was out at the lake at another cabin and I actually knocked on the door of the new owners hoping for a glimpse inside. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this diffuclt time. You have a lifetime of laughs and memories to cherish as I know I will my memories of your family.
    Sincerely, Pam Bouman

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  2. Dear Maxine, Robbie and Mark,
    Bob was a long time friend of my brothers Art and Vic.
    We have truly lost a great friend. We had great times in Medicine Hat and at Lake Newell with you.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love Ron and Mel

    Melinda and Ron Price

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  3. Debbie Lindemann :

    Dear Maxine, Mark and family, I was so sorry to hear of Bobs passing. He was such a wonderful man!!! When he came into the dental office, I always looked forward to his visit. We talked about so many things from his fishing trips to his business meetings. Even though I retired last December after 31 1/2 years with Orin I always missed seeing all our special patients and he was one I will remember with fondness. He will surely be missed by all who knew and loved him. Take care.Debbie @ Dr.Harkers (now retired) A special hello to Mark.

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  4. Heather Christopher :

    Maxine, my Dad David and I knew you and Robert only for for a very short time. Robert was so friendly, so kind hearted , so thoughtful. I will forever remember the concern both of you showed to my Dad. I extend my condolences to you and your family .

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  5. Sorry to hear about your loss Mark. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    Take care,
    Bill

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  6. To Maxine and family.
    Our deepest condolences now for the loss of Bob. Our thoughts are with you.
    Vic, Myra and family

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  7. Sorry to note that Bob Breakell has passed away. Bob and Maxine were our neighbours in the 1960s and we enjoyed their company very much. I am sorry that we have lost contact over the years. My condolences to Maxine and family.

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  8. Don & Ruby McCuaig :

    Our condolences to you and your family, Maxine, on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather during this time of sorrow.

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  9. Sandra Kimmel, Bob Tiegs :

    Max
    We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Bob. We are also very sorry that we cannot be there to lend our support to you and your family. You and Bob have always been family to us and will continue to be. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always.

    Bob and Sandra

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  10. The Unruh Family :

    It was so sad to hear of Bobs passing. Our deepest condolences go out to you and your Whole Family Maxine.

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  11. DOUGLAS LUXFORD :

    Dear Maxine
    Faye and I were so saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. My main memory of Bob was when he phoned me at 2:00 AM with the question “Is this Dougie Luxford C.A.? As you may recall, we both received our degrees in 1964 and had earlier that evening celebrated the event in fine style! Remember when the four of us were playing bridge at our house one winter night and the last thing I noticed was you driving your vehicle and Bob lying on the car hood facing you and acting as your windshield wipers as you disappeared around the corner!

    So many fun times— sorry we did not get together with you both in later years.

    Our sincere condolences–our best to you and your family–every time I think of Bob a smile comes to my face.
    Love Doug and Faye

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  12. richard alberts :

    Please accept our deepest condolences on your loss. Having known Bob for many years, I was quite shocked to hear the news. I always respected his opinion, and enjoyed talking to him. He will be missed greatly.

    Dick & Dixie Alberts

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  13. Loretta and Dennis Bouchard :

    Maxine, Rob, Cyndy, Mark-our sincere sympathy on the loss of Bob. We have fond memories of the good times at Bantry Bay. We know he is at peace now and will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Loretta and Dennis Bouchard

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  14. David, Brid, Conor, Declan & Ronan :

    Maxine, Mark, Rob and family,

    So sorry to hear about the passing of RBB and were glad to hear that u all were there at the end.

    We sure had some good times together and have many great memories of our time in Brooks, Bantry Bay and the office. Especially all of the laughs and lessons.

    We will give you a call.

    All of our thoughts and prayers from Ireland.

    David, Brid, Conor, Declan & Ronan Saruwatari

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  15. Maxin, Rob and Mark. My deepest sympathy is with you. Was very sorry to hear about Bob. He was a great guy and a good friend. My thoughts are with you. Donna Lynch

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  16. Doug and Marj Mulvey :

    Maxine Mark Rob and family: We are so sorry to hear of Bobs passing—-Our deepest symmathy to you all. Bob was a great fellow——we miss seeing you around Brooks and we enjoyed our times with you both. Sincerely Doug and Marj Mulvey

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  17. Alix (Nesbitt) Giesbrecht :

    Dear Maxine and family,
    I was saddened to hear of Bob’s passing.He will be missed by many. I will always remember the kindness and generosity that you and Bob extended to me some thirty years ago at the couples shower you planned for me. It still remains one of the highlights in my life. What fun we had! I can still hear the laughter especially Bob and my dad off in a corner like two school boys carring on.
    Maxine you are one of the strongest women I know and I believe his strengh will carry you through this difficult time. I am thinking of you and your family.
    All my Love, Alix Nesbitt

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  18. Suzanne Gaboury :

    Dear Maxine, Robby and Mark:

    It’s with sadness that I came to hear of Bob’s passing. I always recall how full of life he was. Also, I have to agree with Alix in that you Maxine always amazed me with your vitality, strength, and joie de vivre. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    With kind regards,

    Suzanne Gaboury

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  19. Our deepest sympathy, Maxine & family.
    From: Paul & Charlene Zimmerman
    Brooks, AB

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  20. Dear Maxine,
    I’ve just now heard the sad news of Bob’s passing and had to get in touch to send some thoughts to you, Rob and Mark. Bob was so warm and friendly and cheerful — and wonderfully hospitable. Like others who’ve written to you here, I can’t help but smile when I think of him. I have such good memories of being a guest in your homes, as a child and an adult. Going to the Breakells was always something special. You and Bob were such good friends to my father — thank you for that.
    Thinking of you,
    Susan

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  21. Brian and Margie :

    Dear Maxine (Sharpie) and boys . . .

    Vey sorry to hear of Bob’s passing . . what a splendid life of service to others . . what great social gatherings, particularly the BarBQs . . what beautiful memories we have.

    We were so fortunate to be able to spend some time with you both in Calgary a few months ago on our way to the Brooks’ 100th birthday. We will call you next time we are in Calgary, Maxine . . don’t move anywhere without letting us know . .

    Brian and Margie Noonan and girls

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  22. Bob and Carol Nixon :

    Dear Maxine and family. We are deeply saddened to learn of Bob’s passing. We have very fond memories of him, your family, his Mom and Dad and your place at the lake. Hopefully we can get together soon and reminisce. Our heartfelt sympathy and our thoughts are with you.

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  23. Alan + Barbara Bond :

    Maxine, WE are so sorry to hear of Bob passing. Our hearts go out to you. I guess Bob and Tucker can catch up now (with no supervision – er ah that will be interesting). I will always remember the Breakall house hold in Brooks – our favorite place, as Susan said. All the hunting trips, Bob setting the “style” agenda (and your hot lunches) It continued like that when Barb and I brought our family over for the visit to the lake and Bob brought all the girls to Dinosaur Provincial Park. Nicole still goes to Tyrell Museum every year where she often gets in arguments with 6 year old kids (she is 23 now). Bob started her down that road, well the interest in dinosaurs anyway. And cabooses. Your family will always be part of ours and in our hearts, always.

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