Robert Warren Brehmer

January 8, 1945 - December 17, 2020
Robert Warren Brehmer


Robert Warren Brehmer, USN, UA 322, preceded in death by his beloved wife Shirley, passed away in his sleep during the early morning of Dec. 17th.

Born in Philadelphia, Bob spent the first fifty-five years of his life in South Jersey. A member of the US Navy in the early 60’s, Bob was part of Airborne Patrol Squadron VP-21, flying in old P2Vs across the North Atlantic. After his honorable discharge he returned home during the height of the 60s where he met his future wife. Married in 1970, Bob and Shirley remained inseparable until her untimely death some forty-five years later. Bob was a proud member of local 322, using his mastery of Refrigeration and Pipefitting skills during the construction boom of the 80’s and 90’s to earn the deserved reputation of a consummate Journeyman. Most weekends he was dutifully organizing his tools or cleaning out his work truck. At the turn of the century, he and his wife relocated to Wilmington, NC, under the guise of semi-retirement. Boredom, however, precluded this, and he soon found himself working for Brunswick County Schools maintaining heating and air systems. After a proper retirement in 2013, Bob called it quits for good. He could usually be found sitting out back, watching his dogs, enjoying the weather.

Bob leaves behind two sons and five grandchildren, as well Janet, his big sister. Bob was known for the love of his dogs over the years, folk music from his youth, British comedies, and Hannah-Barbera cartoons, as well as dangerously over-powered cars. Bob left an indelible impression of kindness and professionalism upon those whom he met, both colleagues and friends. Remembrance ceremony to be held sometime later. And now, Dad, it’s time to rest. Please tell Mom how we miss her so, as you will be too.

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  • December 22, 2020
    John T Kakowski says:
    Bobby as a groomsman in our wedding 56 years ago and our visit to his home in 2018 where we shared a lifetime of wonderful memories of our years in Riverside. I will miss our recent phone calls and the time we had together.

  • December 22, 2020
    John T Kakowski says:
    Bobby was a best friend and a groomsman at my 1965 wedding. We shared wonderful memories of Riverside and the time we shared. I thank God we reconnected after 40 some years. I will miss him. My sincere condolences to his sons.

  • January 12, 2021
    Bryan Hewett lit a candle:
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