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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Former Millom mayor and ‘true gentleman’ dies

TRIBUTES have been paid to a well-known former Millom mayor, councillor and shopkeeper described as a “true gentleman” who loved life.


Robert Bremer, a former mayor of Millom and Copeland Borough councillor, was a well known man in the area and played cricket for Haverigg Cricket Club, where his son Simon Bremer is now club secretary.

He died suddenly on April 14, just five months after his beloved wife Marian, 74, died following a brave battle with cancer.

Mr Bremer junior said his 75-year-old father was a wholesome character who packed as much as he could into every day and loved life.

He said: “He was an absolutely fantastic character who, if ever there was a life and soul of the party, it was him. He had a great laugh and thoroughly enjoyed life.

“Whatever he did he enjoyed and he had a lot of good times and made a lot of good friends from his time working at Sellafield and running the sweet and tobacco shop for 30 years with my mam Marian. It was always Bob and Marian and sadly she passed away just five months ago and it has been a double blow for us to lose them both in such a short time.

“He had to slow down after he had a stroke but always looked after his two granddaughters, Ruby and Lara. There was no sign on the day. He cut the grass at the club, had been shopping and had even got his tea out to defrost.”

Mr Bremer said his father’s death was unexpected and was down to natural causes and wear and tear on his heart.

He said his dad was born and bred in Millom and he cared deeply for the town and its people and did all he could as a councillor, a mayor and a local.

He added: “My mum would have been so proud of him the way he carried on after she died. His mum was his rock and then my mum.

“This is a big loss to us as a family and Ruby and Lara will miss him to bits.

“My dad was a true gentleman, a fantastic character and person. He will be missed by so many.”

Councillor Audrey Gabbert, who served alongside Mr Bremer on Millom Town Council, said: “He was a good lad and he always did his best for the town while he was on the council.

“He was very easy to get on with and you would always have a good laugh with him.”

Mr Bremer, of Lowther Road, Millom, was a member of the Conservative Party and was known to display banners promoting their election campaigns in the garden of his home.

His funeral is due to take place on Friday at St George’s Church, in Millom, from 2pm.

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