BREU, Donovan Alphonso (Don)
July 27, 1931 – April 7th, 2015
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved Don – Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great – Grandfather. He passed away in the early morning of April 7th at Ridge Meadows Hospital, and he is survived by his loving wife Juel, son’s Derek (Maureen) and Mitch, 5 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents Gottlieb (Alf) Breu in 1983 and Olive Breu in 1985 and his daughter Roxanne in 2010.
Don was born in Edmonton but moved to Maple Ridge in 1951 where he resided until his death. He spent all his free time volunteering and coaching minor baseball. He was actively involved in the Ridge Meadows Baseball Association, in roles ranging from coaching to president of RMBA. In later years he enjoyed going to baseball games with his wife Juel and in 1977 the Don Breu Invitational Tournament was created. Don and Juel attended almost every game where Don would throw out the first pitch and sign the homerun balls for the players. Don was also actively involved in bringing girls softball to east Maple Ridge, he also enjoyed watching his sons and daughter in law play hockey and volunteered his time with the RM hockey association. Don enjoyed working with others and valued the many relationships he made from his time in these organizations. Don started working at Hammond Cedar Mill in 1957 but do to cedar allergy he had to leave, he then got a job working for the provincial government and retired in 1996. He spent his retirement having coffee with the gang, travelling with his wife and cheering on Ridge Meadows teams. A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 25th, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, 12145 Laity Street, Maple Ridge. In lieu of flowers, donations to BC Cancer Society is appreciated.