Thomas U. BREITER
1947 - 2020
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Thomas (Tom) passed away peacefully at the Royal Jubilee Hospital on October 13, 2020. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Isla, children Tristan and Miesha, and grandson Kaeden. Tom is predeceased by his father George, mother Hildegard, and brother Michael. He will be greatly missed by his extended family, many close friends, and former BCAS (BC Ambulance Service) family.

Tom was born April 15, 1947 in Bamberg Germany and came to Canada with his family in 1952. Tom attended Western University in London Ontario where he earned a BSC, and moved to Victoria in 1970 where his parents built a Bavarian style home in Metchosin. He then met his wife Isla and they enjoyed their early years scuba diving, skiing, and sailing around the Gulf Islands.

Tom worked a short time in Real Estate before becoming trained with the BC Ambulance Service. He fulfilled many roles with the BCAS including Emergency Medical Service in Vancouver and Victoria, Advanced Life Support 2 in Victoria, Air Evac, followed by a number of regional and provincial administrative duties. He finished off his career in the Ministry of Health as a Manager responsible for Policy Development and Disaster Planning. He was highly respected by his work colleagues for being kind and a true gentleman.

Tom loved spending time outdoors with his family, camping in the Summer on Vancouver Island, skiing in the Winter at Mt. Washington, and fishing off Beecher Bay. His family was his pride and joy. Tom coached many kids in the community, not only in sports, but in life lessons as well; and learn from him we all did. He exuded confidence, integrity, trust, and had an extraordinary capacity for friendship and companionship.

Later in life Tom enjoyed the peace and serenity of their 10-acre property in Metchosin with his wife Isla. He always kept himself happily busy with his grandson flying kites, on his tractor, and in the vegetable garden.

The family would like to sincerely thank his doctors, BCAS staff, and the Royal Jubilee staff for their care and attention.

Also, a thank you to our family and friends for their love and support during this difficult time.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the late Spring or early Summer of 2021 in Metchosin and will be arranged by the Breiter family, COVID dependent.

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Published in The Times Colonist from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9, 2020.
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December 8, 2020
It is with great sadness that I just read about Tom's passing. My sincere condolences to his wife, children and grandson. Tom and I were roommates in residence in our first year at the University of Western Ontario back in 1966-67. I still have fond memories of Tom and all the good times we had with our fellow residents of Drury House at Medway Hall. Tom was perhaps one of the most well-respected of us and a true friend to all. I had the opportunity to meet Tom again when I drove out west and headed over to Vancouver Island to see if I could find him. I did and stayed at his place for a week. I enjoyed going to his parents place one evening for a great home cooked meal by his mother. Several years ago I received an email out of the blue from Tom through FaceBook. We were able to catch up with what had happened over the past 40 years or so to each of us. He wrote how proud he was of his children. The photo of him and his wife on FB showed the love he had for her. He always gave me an open invitation to visit him again with an offer to take me fishing. Unfortunately I never got the chance to revisit. I will always remember him for his strength of character, friendship and being the unofficial "Mayor" of Drury House. RIP Tom. You will be missed and remembered.
Doug Boswell
Friend
November 29, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Vina Sianen
Coworker
November 8, 2020
Dear Isla, Tristan and Miesha,
We are so sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. Our thoughts are with you all at this very difficult time.
❤ From Don & Sandi Boyd and Family
Don & Sandi Boyd
Friend
November 8, 2020
My condolences to Toms Family, I had Known Tom since the late 70's
always a Great Compassionate Caring Man. I worked with Tom with the BCAS in Victoria and always enjoyed his company and his guidance
He was a Great Paramedic and had a great sense of humor and was always kind. We were Co-Workers but if you knew Tom you were a Friend always.
Rest in Peace Tom
Wayne Banks, Retired BCAS
He was kind
Wayne Banks
Friend
November 7, 2020
Tom was, and always will be, a special person in my life. Having met him when I was 15 while dating his brother Michael, meeting the Breiter family and later my cousin Isla met and later married Tom ...we all became family! My husband, George was also Airvac and ALS in BC Ambulance ..and he met Tom before we actually met!! Too funny! We have nothing but respect for Tom and his kind nature and demeanor was something everyone loved about him.
You're gone too soon...but, your impression on all who met you will last forever. Love Carmen
Carmen
Family
November 7, 2020
I first met Tom when I was 15 and dated his younger brother , Michael.As years passed , my cousin Isla met Tom and all of us had some fun times including nights at the Empress Hotel and The Paint Cellar! Years have gone too fast and our kids are all grown but, the memories and good times will live on. You'll always have a special place in my heart ,Tom! 'Love and miss you ...and I know you're always with us ! Carmen
Carmen
Family
November 7, 2020
He was like an uncle to me and my brother! We would spend the night with Tom and Isla and then in the morning Tom would make his famous fried bananas! He also wanted to give me and my brother spear guns as i was ten and my brother was 8! My mom would have nothing to do with it lol! We spent many sailing adventures Tom and Isla! He will be greatly missed!❤
Jason Duckworth
Family
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