|Birth: ||Apr. 9, 1951|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Jan. 30, 2009|
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John H. Breaux Jr., 57 of Louisville, Colorado passed away on Friday, January 30,2009 in Lafayette, Colorado. John was born in Los Angeles, California to John H. Breaux Sr. and Carmen (Tocco)Breaux on April 9, 1951. John grew up in La Habra, California where he graduated from La Habra High School. He never married. You could see him riding his bike all over town (even snow wouldn't stop him) doing what he could for the community. He loved to bowl and went to church. He is survived by his brother George Ortiz and wife Debbie of Oklahoma, David Bright and wife Lori of Colorado, his sister Victoria Bright of New Jersey and too many relatives, loved ones and friends to list. John will be remebered for his constant smile, his love for every person he ever met. Through his life was short, those who know and loved him are comforted by knowing that he enjoyed every moment he had on this beautiful earth. The sense of his presence will live on with us always.
info from Dylan Otto Krider
John Breaux was a simple man whose familiar smile and selfless acts of kindness touched an entire community, and on Saturday, thousands of people who knew him only by that reputation gathered for his memorial service and burial.
Breaux, 57, was killed Jan. 30 after being hit on his bicycle by a driver with dementia who veered off U.S. 287 in Lafayette. The memorial service at the Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette drew an estimated crowd of 2,000 people, quickly filling the church's large "You just don't know the impact that one life can have on the community," said Rick Williamson, an Erie resident who knew Breaux from the church services he was known to attend weekly.
Williamson said if the value of a man's life is measured by his friends, "I'd say John died pretty wealthy â wealthier than I'll ever be."
Breaux's bicycle, which he was never far from, was displayed at the front of the church and adorned with flowers and two white trash bags hanging from the handle bars. It was a testament to what Breaux was perhaps best known for â picking up trash around Louisville and Lafayette just for the sake of helping out.
"If the world had more people like John, this would be a really wonderful world that we live in," said Tilly Sais, Breaux's maternal aunt.
Sais said her nephew received his first bicycle at age 3, and developed passions for riding, bowling and Jesus.
She told the crowd that she believes Breaux would have forgiven the woman accused of killing him, and that the community should too.
"There is no punishment we could give her that equals what she has to deal with for the rest of her life," Sais said.
Louisville Mayor Chuck Sisk said Breaux was a "goodwill ambassador" who brightened many lives with the simple concepts of kindness, fairness and respect.
"John left such a big impact in our lives," he said.
The Rev. Jim Burgen said the memorial was also meant to serve as a celebration of Breaux's life.
"I've never seen the eyes of an angel, but I bet they look like that," Burgen said while looking at a picture of a smiling Breaux. "We will not be the same, because he changed us forever."
Burgen asked mourners to continue looking out for one another in the way that Breaux was known to. He asked them to pick up trash, open doors for others and pay forward good deeds.
"In an hour we're all going back to our lives, just don't go back to the same lives," he said.
It didn't take long for the pastor's words to take hold on Leslie Draper, 50, and Linda DeLille, 45.
The Louisville residents rode their bikes to the service and later to Breaux's burial at Louisville Cemetery, bringing with them plastic bags to pick up trash along the way.
"He was always such a joy to see," Draper said. "It just makes you want to be a better person."
At the burial, hundreds of more people gathered with flowers.
Six pallbearers â all Lafayette and Louisville police officers â carried Breaux's simple ash casket while a crowd of hundreds sang "Amazing Grace."
Following the brief service at his grave site, most of the mourners gave a final wave goodbye to the man who was best known for waving at everyone he passed.
Boulder Daily camera, Heath Urie.
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Record added: Jun 04, 2011
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