BRETECHER, GENE wJuly 19, 1939 – September 15, 2013
at the age of 74 years

Eugene Armand Joseph Paul Terase Bretecher

It is with profound sadness that we announce the accidental passing of Gene Bretecher on Sunday, September 15, 2013.  Gene was a loving husband, supportive father, an incredible grandfather and uncle, as well as a great friend to all those that knew him.  Gene was born on July 19, 1939 in Toutes–‐Aides,  Manitoba where he spent his childhood.   He left the family farm to become a successful banker and musician, with a passion for bluegrass music and love of fishing.  He also had a passion for hockey, football, and spending quiet time with the love of his life, wife Linda.  He loved to hike and had a unique sense of adventure.  In his retirement, he and Linda enjoyed life on the shores of beautiful Shuswap Lake in British Columbia.

Gene touched many lives with his gentle spirit, infectious smile, sharp wit, generosity, and musical talents.  He traveled the World and inspired and shared his gift of music with many.  Being a good man and enjoying the simple pleasures of life was important to him.  He is survived by wife Linda, children, Marilyn, Randy, Kimberley (Gordon), Cheryl, Jamie, Everett (Monica), grandchildren Robert, Candle, Aleiia, Isabella, Taerjan, Beckam, and Alannah, sister Jeannette (Edward), brothers Léo (Jean) and Roger, sisters-in-law Jean and Suzanne, along with many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends whom he valued dearly. He is predeceased by his parents Hélène and Armand and brothers Noel and Dennis.

No words can ever describe the man he was.  But, his zest for life and living are well described by Oscar Wilde.  “Live!  Live the wonderful life that is in you!  Let nothing be lost upon you.  Be always searching for new sensations.  Be afraid of nothing.”  We love you and miss you dearly!  You will be forever in our hearts!  The family is holding a private celebration to honor Gene’s life.  They wish to thank the first responders, medical and paramedic teams, as well as the community for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time.

 In lieu of Flowers donations can be made to West Side Music Together

All donations will be put in a separate account supporting the Gene Bretecher Music Together Bursary.  Families who apply will be supported with assistance from this account.

Cheques (payable to Katherine Deane) can be mailed to:
Katherine Deane
713-933 Seymour St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 6L6

Katherine Deane at West Side Music Together, 778-829-6651