During This Time of Loss Help the Florida Self Storage Association Give Back
Monday, July 1, 2013
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
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
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
Thank you for your support.
Robert will be missed by everyone whose life he touched.