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May 1, 1981 – April 6, 2021

(née O’Bray)

Creative, fun-loving, spontaneous, sentimental, mischievous, compassionate, and fierce - this was our Breanne; and it is with broken hearts that we announce her passing on April 6, 2021, in the Health Sciences Centre, at the age of 39.

Bre will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her husband Chris; sons, Austyn, Christopher, and Ethan; parents, Debbie and Kelly; brother Graham; sister-in-law Sydney; niece Rowan; grandmas, Sophie Schaitel and Dorothy O’Bray; grandpa Darryl Schaitel (Gerri McLean); and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, all of whom she adored.  Bre was warmly welcomed into heaven by her grandpa Larry, where they are almost certainly on angel time out for getting into mischief.

As a young girl Bre was into everything; baseball, ringette, baton, karate, and playing practical jokes on her brother, to name just a few.  Her instrument of choice was the cello, which was almost as big as she was.  But that was the point. “Just watch me” she said, and her personal mantra was born. Bre’s loved ones know all too well that when she set out to make something happen, resistance was futile, it was going to happen.   

Bre and Chris were soulmates, inseparable since the day they met, just before her 14th birthday. Together they raised their boys in a home that was bustling, loud, and filled with love.  Over time, fur babies Bentley, Hampton, Luna, and Saide the St. Bernard joined the family and became Bre’s constant companions.

As a youth support worker, Bre supported young mothers who were making important life changes so they could retain or regain, custody of their children.  These young moms thrived under Bre’s nurturing but firm hand.  She loved the work, but ultimately decided that her calling was at home with her boys.  Mama Bear Bre was always there for her sons’ friends; and she welcomed them into their home at anytime of day or night.  She was especially close to Kaden, Derik, and Ashton, whom she considered family.  

A prolific online shopper, Bre was a firm believer in using the good dishes and wearing the new clothes. She did not subscribe to the notion of “saving things for special” – she felt strongly that every day is special.  How right you were, sweet Breanne.

Thank you to the extraordinary people on GA3 and SICU at the Health Sciences Centre for taking such loving care of Bre.  And to the friends who have and continue to support our family through this difficult journey, words cannot adequately express our gratitude for the outpouring of love – you know who you are.


An Irish wake celebrating Bre’s life will be held when larger gatherings are permitted.  We look forward to sharing stories of happy times and take comfort in the knowledge that we will be together again.  Family is Forever.  For those who wish to celebrate Bre’s memory now; we encourage you to treat yourself to that special something you’ve been eyeing.  Use the good dishes and wear the new clothes; every day is special.

Bre’s family kindly requests that her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos and/or sharing your own memories and stories using the comment section on this page.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog Program (  or a charity of your choice.


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