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Burlington mourns loss of former City and Regional Alderman Bob Brechin


Our city has lost another highly-regarded leader of our community with the passing of Robert Douglas “Bob” Brechin.

A known family man and civic-minded career-man of 40 years at Dofasco, Mr. Brechin also served as an Alderman for Burlington City Council for 19 years, between 1978-1997, and was elected as a Halton Regional Councillor between 1991-97.

His work with Dofasco provided Mr. Brechin with a career in accounting, sales, and international marketing and as the director of a Canadian tin plate recycling council.

In addition to an illustrious career, Mr. Brechin was very active in his community, getting involved with the Hamilton and District Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Manufacturing Association in Exports, Canadian Exporters’ Association, Society of Management Accountants, and the Niagara Escarpment Committee in a variety of committee chairs and board member functions.

He also volunteered his time with the St. Raphael Parish and Burlington Reuse Centre, as well as joined board and fundraising activities for the Hamilton/Burlington YMCA, United Way of Burlington, Hamilton-Wentworth, Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, Burlington Art Centre, LACAC (now known as Heritage Burlington) and the Canadian Institute of International Affairs.

Mr. Brechin will be greatly missed by the residents of this city and all those he impacted through his service to the community and region.

On behalf of Burlington City Council, I want to express our gratitude for Mr. Brechin’s service to our city over the years and send my deepest condolences to Mr. Brechin’s wife of 67 years, Edith, his family and friends.

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