Posted by: Brenda Lafontaine
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - On June 7, 2013 while on vacation in Jamaica, Robert Bret, Executive Director of the Florida Self-Storage Association, passed away unexpectedly. He leaves behind a 13 year old daughter, Kylie, who was his whole world.
Unfortunately, Robert was not prepared to leave this world so soon. It is our wish that our industry colleagues join together to support Robert’s daughter where we can. In lieu of flowers for Robert Bret's memorial service, the family respectfully requests donations are made to help his surviving daughter, Kylie, with her future college tuition expenses. Please help us to help Kylie make her way in life after this tragedy. Money does not solve everything. And it will never replace a loving father. But, your generosity will pay forward in ways we know you can appreciate.
For more information or do donate today please visit - http://www.youcaring.com/tuition-fundraiser/help-send-kylie-to-college-/67844
Robert served as FSSA executive director for three years. He had more than 14 years of training experience in several fields including formulating human-resources policies and procedures, employment law, developing trainings and seminars, recruitment, testing, placement, orientation, benefits and labor relations.
"Robert was big guy. But, as big as he was physically, he was a softy. His quiet way and soft spoken humor belied that big physical presence. He was truly a gentle man,” FSSA President Lewis Pollack said in a letter to association members. "In our professional association, he was an extremely effective administrator and a real advocate for FSSA. In all the time we worked together, I never heard him raise his voice in anger or frustration—almost a feat of magic given the stresses of his position.”
"Robert was a great source of common-sense advice to University Self Storage earlier this year when we had to deal with the sudden passing of two tenants and how to handle the units,” posted Mary Fischer, property-leasing manager for the Sarasota, Fla., facility, to the online community Self-Storage Talk. "Robert was kind and patient and quick to respond.”
A military veteran, Bret served in the U.S. Army for two years out of high school before joining the Navy for another three years. Bret’s father, Robert E. Bret, was a 20-year career Navy officer who also died earlier this year.
"Robert was a big man with a big heart and a kind soul,” said Pollack, who is also managing principal for StoreSmart, a national developer and asset manager of self-storage properties. "Robert was truly a good man. He will be missed by everyone whose life he touched.”
Bret is survived by his 13-year-old daughter Kylie, mother Marilyn Bret, sister Nicole Handy, brother-in-law Michael Handy, nephew Ryland Handy, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Thank you for your support. Robert will be missed by everyone whose life he touched.