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BREAKER SR. Robert Smith

Iitsooyih nomaah kaa
(Captures Gun in the Water)
February 1, 1925- Siksika, AB
September 28, 2014- Strathmore, AB

Robert Breaker Sr. passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at the Strathmore Hospital, at the age of 89 years.

Robert’s family were members of the Sa-yiiks Clan (Daring Leaders), that originated from the North Blackfoot Territory. As a result of his parents’ strong belief and practice in the traditional way of life, Robert lived, understood and respected the teachings and values of the old Blackfoot way of life. He attended Old Sun Residential School near Gleichen in 1930, completed 10 years of education and left at the age of 15 years old. He participated in various sports such as rodeo (bareback, steer wrestling) and hockey. Robert was mechanically inclined and meticulous in all his work projects, especially his farming and ranching operations through the years. Robert loved gardening, driving around and fussing over his pets and spending quality time with his family, especially his many grandchildren.

Robert started farming in 1947 at the age of 22, and continued on until his passing. He was the oldest active farmer in the present times of Siksika, where he continued to help and supervise the Breaker Brothers farm operations. Robert included ranching into his farming operations in the early 1960’s. His legacy and hard work in the farming and ranching way of life continues on with his family (sons, grandchildren of 5 generations).

He served two terms as a Siksika Councillor (1968-1972). He was an avid supporter and Committee member of various social, education, and economic development programs for Siksika from the mid 1960’s to 1980’s, mainly land use committee and agriculture. He was one of the first active minor hockey parents/grandparents.

He married his love of his life, Rosalyn Breaker in 1949. Robert is survived by his wife of 67 years Rosalyn (Big Snake) Breaker and brother/cousin Tim Breaker. He also leaves behind nine children and three adopted children, Darrell (Rosemarie), Donna, Robert Jr. (Audrey), Stewart (Kathy), Ian (Candace), Hester Lynn, Darcie, Merlin (Rayann), Rudy (Darlene); and traditional adopted children, Ralph Makokis, Jenny Goodin, and Sam Jerry. He had 28 grandchildren, of which he raised his oldest granddaughter Kim, grandsons Drew and Lyle; 50 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves the following extended family relatives, namely Black, Brass, Stimson, Raw Eater, Fox, Many Shots, Turning Robe, Backfat, Bear Shirt, McMaster, Yellow Old Woman, Calf Child, Many Heads, Ayoungman, Good Rider, Chief Body, Holy Singers, and Spotted Eagle. The family apologizes for anyone that was missed. He was predeceased by his parents Harry (1979) and Sarah (1984); his sister Irene Stevens (1993); brother Alex (2007); and two grandsons, Mason (1981) and Vincent (2014).

Wake Services will be held at the residence of Rosalyn Breaker, West End Siksika Nation on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 6:00p.m.

Funeral Service will be celebrated at Gordon Yellow Fly Memorial Arbour (Siksika Nation, AB) on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Paul Little Walker Cemetery (Siksika Nation, AB). Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email donorservices@cancer.ab.ca.

In living memory of Robert Breaker Sr., a tree will be planted at Siksika Nation by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E. Telephone: 403-248-8585.

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  1. Fran & Clarence Wolfleg :

    We send our heartfelt condolences to Rosalyn & her family. We are thinking of you on your loss with thoughts & prayers from our family….

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  2. Heather van Oostwaard :

    My condolences to the wonderful Breaker family for the loss of a wonderful man. Everyone should have a love like him and Rosalyn! Hugs to you all!

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  3. Aileen Runner (Jerry) :

    The Breaker family sending my sincere condolences and wishing you all many blessings & prayers .

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  4. HARVINA BACKFAT MANYGUNS :

    My sincere condolences to my precious Auntie Rosalyn Breaker, my brothers Darryl, Robert Jr (Bobby), Stewart, Ian, Merlin, Rudy, my sisters Donna, Hester, Darcie my thoughts n prayers goes out to each n every one May God give u peace n comfort in ta coming day love u all

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  5. Anne Marie Yule :

    I am so sorry we had to lose Robert from this earth. He was a very kind special person. My life has been made better by knowing him. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Peace be with you.

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  6. Michele Yellow Fly :

    We extend our condolences from Billy Black and family.

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  7. Romeo Crow Chief :

    Sending Our Creator’s Blessings during this period of sadness.

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  8. Sherman YellowFly :

    Condolences to Rosalyn and family, thoughts and prayers with you all in this time of mourning.

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  9. Lena Running Rabbit :

    Heartfelt condolences to Rosalyn and all her wonderful children and family members.
    Robert Sr. was a wonderful, friendly and humble person. He left a legacy for his family to follow. Our prayers are with you. “Amazing Grace” how sweet the sound he left behind.

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  10. Robin & Gloria :

    Auntie Rosalyn & family ,we extend our condolences and know that Our Heavenly Father is in the midst of you all. Robert was indeed a very well respected member of our Tribe and he will be missed. May God richly bless each and everyone of you and to know that we are praying for you all.

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  11. Willi and Maria Hammer from Germany :

    We send our condolences to the Breaker Family, our prayers walk with you.
    Willi, Maria and family

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  12. Jonathon and Marcia Weasel Head :

    It’s always hard to lose an Elder in the native community. Sending our sincere condolences to the Breaker family

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  13. Hugs and Prayers to the Breaker Family. May God wrap you in his loving arms and give you comfort and strength during this time.

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  14. Roy and Linda Little Chief :

    We send our love and our condolences to the Breaker family. Thinking of you all during this time of grief, including our grandsons Harrison and Brayson, great-grandsons of the (Late) Robert Breaker, Sr..Prayers for the family. May your Dad, brother, uncle, grampa, great-grampa, great-great grampa rest in peace..

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  15. Chris Strangling Wolf & Colleen :

    We would like to send our condolences to Robert Breaker Sr’s Family … I know it is very hard to lose a loved one .. But we try our best to carry on .. I still Miss my Late Parents every day ..but I know they are not suffering anymore .. & my greatest sympathy to Rosalyn … Be Strong .. & will be praying for you .. & your Family …

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  16. Jeanne Parenteau :

    Oh my goodness your family has had to say goodbye to so many. My heart and love go out to all of you.. Although I never got to meet your father, Bobby, from his obit I can tell he lived a grateful, strong, spiritual filled life. He sounds like a wonderful man, and I am sure your family will miss his physical presence. Our prayers to Audrey and you are always present each day to give you strength and peace. Love you and your family, Jeanne and Ben.

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  17. Erik, Aly and Lea from the Netherlands :

    Heartfelt condolences to the Breaker family and all Robert Breaker’s relations and friends. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Although we are far away in miles we are near in our hearts. Love, Erik, Aly and Lea

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  18. Cheryl Solway :

    I wish to send my deepest condolence to Rosalyn and all her family. Robert was a very good friend of my late dad’s (Charlie Smith). You will continue to have wonderful memories of your husband, father, & grandfather; and know that someday you will be with him again.

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  19. Christine Martineau :

    My deepest condolences to the entire Breaker family for your loss. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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  20. My sincere condolences to the Breaker family in the passing of your wonderful patriarch, whom I met on several occasions. He inspired me in that he represented the will, strength, and faith of the Breaker family. May his soul rest with peace, with the Lord.

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