June 9, 1929-Jan. 23, 2018
On Jan. 23, 2018, Heaven gained a "One of a kind" Angel. Thomas J. Brebrick began his journey home with his family by his side.
Tom was born June 9, 1929 in Anaconda, Montana to Robert and Barbara Brebrick. He grew up in the Smelter City and graduated in 1947 from Anaconda High School. Tom served his country in the United States Army.
Tom married the love of his life Carole Poli on Sept. 1, 1972; this union joined together five children.
Tom was a member of the Anaconda Elks Lodge BPOE #239; Anaconda Country Club, he was an elected Alderman for Ward 3 and was very civic minded. Tom was instrumental in the construction of the Embassy Club softball field, as well as being an avid golfer. While golfing with his buddies, one could always tell where they were on the course by the commotion.
Tom joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on Aug. 8, 1950, and began training as an electrician before going to work on the Smelter for the Anaconda Company, working on the hill for 42 years before it shut down. He was also co-owner of the Embassy Club in the 60's, and upon retirement as a Master Electrician from the Anaconda Smelter he worked for the Anaconda Job Corps, Anaconda Housing Authority and Barclay II. Tom was honored to be recognized for his 65 years of membership with the IBEW Union in 2015.
Tom loved his family, life, birthdays (with his three-layer cake), Halloween and Christmas. He was also proud of his strong Croatian roots.
Tom is survived by his wife, Carole; his children, Tommy Brebrick, Pat and Carolyn Brebrick, Linda and Sylvester Charanza, Gayle and Mike Stanley, and Jim Bubash; his grandchildren, Dana, Erin, Jared and Nicole; and great-grandchildren, Hunter, Janessa, Slade and Caspian. He is also survived by his brother, Bob and Marion Brebrick; brothers-in-law, Rex Lewis and Larry Massey; nieces, nephews and his lifelong friend, Wade Dahood.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Barbara; in-laws, Mike and Ann Poli; brother and sister-in-law, Rudy and Betty Brebrick; sisters-in-law, Marlene Lewis and Christine Massey; nephew, David Brebrick and his beloved four-legged friend, Bummer.
Memorials can be made in Tom's name to the Anaconda Catholic Luncheon Committee or donor's choice.
Services will be at Holy Family Catholic Church in Anaconda on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m., Funeral Mass at 2 p.m., and followed by a luncheon at the Holy Family Church.
"Life can never stay the same
No matter how we try
Our hands can never stop
The clock of life from ticking by
But love remains, unchanging
In the care of sorrowing hearts
For as the love of life is stilled
The love of memory starts"
Axelson Alternative Cremation is privileged to serve Tom’s family.