Robert M. Brereton
October 29, 1923 - June 3, 2018
Robert M. Bob Brereton, age 94, of Hockessin, DE, and formerly of New Castle, DE passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 3, 2018.
Born in Ligonier, PA on October 29, 1923, he was the son of the late Francis M. And Sarah (Oyler) Brereton. Bob proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during both WWII and the Korean War. Following his service he dedicated his career as an office manager for American Restaurant Association in Wilmington, retiring in 1985 after 24 years. After retirement, Bob worked part time for 15 years as a bus driver for the Colonial School District and retired in 2001.
In his early years, Bob enjoyed flying sea planes. He loved boating and was a former Commander with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, where he volunteered with his wife for 35 years. Bob volunteered for Meals on Wheels. He was also a member of Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green in New Castle. Above all, he will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and dear friend to many.
In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his sisters, Suzanne Miller and Jane Watkin; and son-in-law, Joseph E. Miller. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Jane (Geyer) Brereton; children, Marshal H. (Susan) of Parker, CO, Sara B. Miller of Chadds Ford, PA, Andrew T. (Carrie) of Clayton, and John F. (Kathryn) of New Castle; grandchildren, Jason, Jared (Aiza), Kristina, Michael, Tyler (Kaitlyn), Tessa (James), Ava (Andrew) and Greer; great grandchildren, Ian, Hayley and Maggie; and canine companion, Oscar.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 pm until 7 pm on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A memorial service will be held at 10 am on Friday, June 29, 2018 at Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green, 50 Market Street, New Castle, DE. Interment will immediately follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s name to Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green, 100 Harmony Street, New Castle, DE 19720.
4 Condolences for Robert M. Brereton
My condolence to Bob’s family. I worked with Bob at Colonial transportation. Bob was also the bus driver for my daughter when she went to William Penn.
Ken and I just heard about Bob. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Commodor Robby Robinson
Just received sad news about Bob “Passing over the bar”. Bob was a fine Gentleman and a friend. I remember the good time we had together at SARDET Wilmington. We had many good conversations. I pray that Bob is in the Lord’s House this day. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend Bob’s viewing as I have some physical issues. I hope you remain in good health Jane. I will pray for you and Bob.
Janet B (Rumsey) Reise
Uncle Bob was my mother’s (Sue Miller) younger brother. When I was young we (5 Rumsey kids) visited our Brereton cousins in New Castle during the summer months. I recall backyard picnics with airplanes flying low and loud, and a lot of fun.
As I began having time to visit my uncle and aunt later on, we began to have a special relationship, and I found in them stability, wholesomeness, and a natural love of family and life. My husband, Tom, looked forward to visiting UB and AJ as much as I did. We chatting about family history, i.e. the book of our ancestors that Uncle Bob put together, the inherited sword that always hung over their couch and was from a war our forefathers fought in, their interesting charitable hobbies… I also and appreciated their sincere interest in our and our kids lives,
Before UB and AJ stopped driving long distances, they drove down to Maryland to visit us for a few milestone events. They even brought their boat to Ocean City, MD, one time where Tom’s family has a place, and they took us on a boat ride. Uncle Bob and Aunt Jane Brereton raised some of the nicest people I have ever known, and my cousins with their spouses have had some of the nicest kids I have ever known as well.
Thank you for being the perfect uncle, Uncle Bob. Rest in peace, you did well!