In Celebration of

Michael Brebner

September 23, 1940 -  December 17, 2021

Michael (“Mike”) John Brebner, 81, passed away peacefully on December 17, 2021, in Mississauga Trillium Hospital, Ontario. He was born to parents Colin “Breb” and Margaret “Becky” Brebner on September 23, 1940, in Belleville, Ontario. Mike is survived by his beloved wife Margot Brebner (nee Lathrop) whom he married in 1967, son Daniel (Anna), daughter Rebecca (Joe), and his much-loved grandchildren, Eric, and Hugo. He is also survived by his sisters Pat and Sally (Jamie), and brother Peter (Vicki). Mike was predeceased by his brother Gord.

Mike graduated from Kirkland Lake Collegiate & Vocational Institute (KLCVI) in 1959. He delighted in his childhood in Kirkland Lake and his memories and friends from this time in his life were extremely important to him. He attended as many reunions and get-togethers as humanly possible! He started skiing as a young man, winning awards on the KLCVI men’s team, and was an avid and exceptionally graceful downhill skier all his life. He became a chartered accountant working for KPMG and then went on to start his own sporting goods company, Frikon, which he ran with his business partner and friend, Andy Copeland, for 25 years. Mike and Margot made yearly migrations to their cottage in Nova Scotia, a place he always felt truly at home. There he founded and hosted the annual “Davison Cup” — our family “Olympics” — a cherished tradition that will continue in his memory.

The most important thing to Mike was family and friends — his desire to communicate and connect, his loyalty, his sense of occasion, and his delight in gatherings of all kinds were his signatures. His eyes twinkled with humour. He will be profoundly missed.

A small, private memorial service will be held for Mike. A celebration of life (or two!) will follow in 2022 at a date to be determined.


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Rob and Lynn Lambert (Cousin)

Entered December 19, 2021 from St Catharines Ont

So sorry to all of Mike’s family. We will be thinking of you at this time. He will be missed his smile and laugh can never be forgotten
Always so kind and good to us and me all his life
Take care Margo

Rob and Lynn Lambert (Cousin)

Entered December 19, 2021 from St Catharines Ont

All our thoughts are with all of Mike’s family.
Will miss his smile and laugh and how good he was to me and my family all through the years
Take care each and every one of his family, it will be difficult but just remember the all the good memories you all had with Mike
Rob and Lynn Lambert

Andrew Davison (Family)

Entered December 20, 2021 from Calgary

What a wonderful person who had such a positive impact on me. Outside of my immediate family (parents, sibling, wife and children), when I think of "family" I start with "Uncle Mike". Such a kind, generous and thoughtful person - oh and humorous too! Mike was able to live in the moment, even when those moments seem small an inconsequential. Like when a cousin (who shall remain nameless) and I helped clear deadfall and brush from around Sailloft on a hot summer day, Mike rewarded us after with half an ice cold Keiths each (of course he joined us with his own beer too!). I still remember him pouring the can into two glasses, the sunlight filtering through the forest onto the froth, the cold condensation on my hand as I took the glass, and the taste of my first beer after a day of physical labour in the hot sun. As we were well under age this was our first experience with beer, and while I can't say this led to my own affinity for it, I can say that it is just one example of living and enjoying life in the moment - and it's one of the many memories I will cherish of Uncle Mike. You are missed already Uncle Mike, and you will not be forgotten. Lots of love, Andrew.

Bob and Jennifer Bryant (Friend from Kirkland Lake)

Entered December 20, 2021 from 78 Langton Lane, Fenelon Falls, ON K0M 1N0

Very sad to hear from the K.L. Luncheon group that Mike had passed away. Many fond memories from our years of growing up in Kirkland Lake. How fortunate we all were to have lived in that era and to always have kept in touch.

Our sympathies got out to Margo and family and to Pat, Sally and Peter.

Barbara Davison (Friend)

Entered December 20, 2021 from Halifax

Dear Margot, Dan, Rebecca, and Families,
I was sorry to hear about your loss. I have fond memories of times at Sail Loft and Red Top, and will always remember the fun and laughs we shared during Davison Cup Weekends. It was, and is, so easy to smile when I think of Mike.
Love and prayers,
Barbara Davison


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