|Birth: ||Nov. 14, 1927|
|Death: ||Feb. 15, 2001|
US Navy, WW II....Robert Brabant was my dad. He was son of Burton and Esther Brabant, and one of 6 children born to them. He had an older brother Burton, a younger brother Bill, there was a baby named Richard who died in infancy, and 2 sisters, Ruth and Betty. He fell head-over-heals in love with my mom, Delta Jean Munro, when they were teenagers and they married when he was 17 years old and she was 16 years old. Together, they had 4 children: Robert Jr, Ben, Bonnie, and Cheryl (mostly called Cheri).
Robert (Sr) served in the U.S. Navy at the end of WWII, however, his naval career was cut short when Robert Jr was born and had life-threatening difficulties. The child survived those difficulties and Dad took employment with a lumber company and proceeded to provide for his young family. He had loved the time he spent serving our country and forever sang the march songs and talked of his memories and friends.
He had a sincere love for music and always fancied himself as a singer such as Mario Lanza (his absolute favorite) or as George Beverly Shea! Truth was, he wasn't a great singer (just a loud one), but I still laugh when I think of him trying! He also had dreamed of being a Baptist preacher, but that dream was never realized. He was driven. Driven to be more, more than he was was and possibly more than he was capable of being. He went to work for a bigger lumber company and earned the title of "Best Manager in the Nation". That was his biggest accomplishment in life and he was very proud of it. He tried his hand in art, painting oil paintings; but he never seemed satisfied or at peace within himself.
Robert Jr died when he was only 18 years old and my dad buried himself in his work, driven to reach the top. His marriage struggled severely, he had a lot of negative emotional issues haunting him, and after an incident involving carbon monoxide, he had some brain damage. After 27 years of marriage, he obtained a divorce and remarried. His second marriage also ended badly and he lived out his remaining years in poor health and poverty. I am grateful for the Veteran's Homes who took care of him. I believe he regretted divorcing mom. He said he would see her again in Heaven some day.
One of my favorite memories with him was when I was a senior in high school. We were living near South Padre Island and he went camping at the beach with me. Just he and I. We built a bonfire and talked late into the night about Viet Nam, about the poetry I loved to write, just talked. I also smile when I remember that I used to sit on his lap and we would share sardines. My mom hated the smell, so it was something only he and I would do! Something we shared alone!
He made some bad choices in his life. But I wish I could tell him that I understand. I get it. He made some mistakes that just couldn't be undone. Haven't we all? He was pretty much alone in his last years. I love you Dad. Rest in Peace.
Robert Elton Brabant (1946 - 1964)*
Allied Veterans Memorial Cemetery
St. Clair County
Maintained by: Cheri
Originally Created by: amsibert
Record added: Dec 17, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23447112