Charles "Doug" Breathat

Died: Sun., Apr. 29, 2018


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Charles Alan Douglas (Doug) Breathat
February 15, 1935 - April 29, 2018

In loving memory of Charles Alan Douglas (Doug) Breathat of Mindemoya who passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Manitoulin Health Centre Mindemoya Site. Doug was born and raised on Manitoulin Island and moved to Sudbury where he met the love of his life Merilda, whom he was married to for 65 years. Together they lived and raised their four children in the town of Levack until he retired from INCO in 1983. Doug was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He spent many wonderful days enjoying his time with special friends and grandsons at the hunt camp on the Spanish River. Doug also achieved a lifetime goal when he attained his pilot's license and was able to explore the sky in his own airplane.
Doug and Merilda spent their next 33 years enjoying the Florida sunshine in their winter home where he became an avid shuffleboarder, as well as a very respected volunteer in their home community. During the summer months, Doug enjoyed his Manitoulin Life on the lake fishing, spending time in the garden, playing a good game of cards, and most especially spending time with his family. Many special memories were made sharing stories while sitting on the swing in the backyard, watching the sun set over the lake, and enjoying family celebrations.
Son of the late Isabella (Ferguson) and and Thomas Breathat.
Loving father of Barbara Breathat, Merilyn Guiney (Kevin), Karen Carrick (Greg), Chuck Breathat (Buffy).
Cherished grandfather of Vicki (Ryan), Gord (Anita), Tara, Michelle (Jamie), Krista (Eric), Jody (Jason), Shirley Anne (Jason predeceased), Jason (Melissa), Michael (Jen), Thomas and Charlie predeceased.
Great grandfather to 11 great grandchildren.
Beloved brother to Gerald Breathat predeceased (Pauline), Alden Breathat predeceased, Marlene Laidley (Ab predeceased), Sheila Fogal (Graham).
Family will be holding a private family gathering at a later date.
Donations may be made in Doug's honour to the Mindemoya Hospital Auxiliary.

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Jim and Gail Durocher
   Posted Fri May 04, 2018
We were so sorry to hear of the loss of such a special man. We have such good memories of Doug on the island and in Florida. So many laughs. We were reminiscing and remembered the time in Florida when Doug took care of Jims hang nail on his toe!!! Oh how Doug laughed......that’s why we treasure all of our times together.
Merilda, Barb, Merilyn, Karen and Chuck our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I know you have your wonderful memories to cherish and know that they will bring you comfort.

Danny and Wendy Hull
   Posted Fri May 04, 2018
Sincere condolences to the Breathat family on your loss of a very special husband, father, grandfather. Doug was one of the pioneers of the Levack Hunt Club and his sense of humour, and enthusiasm for hunting will certainly be missed by all members. He can now visit with his old friends up in a new hunting ground and share so many stories. Hold onto all your wonderful memories you have of him, they are yours forever. Danny and Wendy Hull, Levack.

Kelvin and Anita Hull
   Posted Fri May 04, 2018
Our thoughts and condolences are with the entire Breathat clan. Doug was one of the founding members of Levack Hunt Club, est. 1962 by Doug going to Bisco to register the camp on the Spanish River. Doug will be sadly missed by all, that infectious grin every time you met him. Doug will now be joining several of his hunting buddies on the Spanish. One of Doug's moto's , that still echoes around the hunt camp, don't stop shooting until the moose is down or you are out of shells, thats' the way he lead his life, to the fullest, will miss you Doug.

Debra Perrin
   Posted Fri May 04, 2018
Thoughts of love and prayers for all of the family. I so remember the fun times with your family and Doug was a great and funny man. He is in heaven with one of his hunting and fishing partners now, probably raising spirits and making my dad laugh. I know the pain of loosing a father and you are in my thoughts and prayers. Biggest hugs Meralda you are so loved. You both raised a wonderful family and I will remember all the wonderful family time we spent together. Your kindness and generosity is treasured. Love from Jean Perrin as she has no internet.

Debbie Pretz
   Posted Fri May 04, 2018
Doug the soft spoken gentle giant, I will miss his smile and laugh. It was always interesting to have a conversation with him, on any subject. Merilda and Doug could put on a feast with everything from their lake and their garden. I am truly going to miss you. Rest in peace Doug.. He was a lucky man to have such a loving, caring family. My heartfelt condolences to Merilda, Barb, Merilyn, Chuck, Karen and families.

Pat and Theresa Burd
   Posted Fri May 04, 2018
Dear Millie and Your Family,
We are so very saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. May your many past memories of Doug help sustain you at this difficult time. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers today and in the days ahead.

Tina and Carol Nerpin
   Posted Sat May 05, 2018
Condolences to all your family at this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Angelle Marcotte
   Posted Sat May 05, 2018
Very sorry to the family and Merilda for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of healing...Doug was a very wonderful man.

Elaine Hull
   Posted Sun May 06, 2018
Merilda and family - prayers and hugs to you and your family - may the happy memories you have keep you warm and with a smile on your face. Doug was a great friend to my Dad and will be missed by the younger hunt group I am sure. All the best to you! Elaine Hull

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