Waterloo Region Generations
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MPP James Roos "Jim" Breithaupt

Male 1934 - 2018  (84 years)


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  • Name James Roos "Jim" Breithaupt 
    Prefix MPP 
    Born 1934  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Interesting military, public service, politics 
    Military
    • commissioned in the Royal Canadian Artillery after completing officer training in Manitoba in 1952-54. He served in various command roles before returning to Waterloo to practise law and then transferred to the Scots Fusiliers of Canada '97 the eighth officer member of his family.
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-162080 
    Died 29 Aug 2018  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I162080  Generations
    Last Modified 4 Nov 2019 

    Father Major Rudolph Anthes Breithaupt,   b. Oct 1906, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1960  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Mother Marion Gertrude Elizabeth Martha Roos,   b. 18 Nov 1909, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 2011, Waterloo Ave., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 101 years) 
    Family ID F225107  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Adamson 
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F56271  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Jim Breithaupt remembered for dedication to serving the community

      NEWS 08: 42 PM by Johanna Weidner Waterloo Region Record

      Waterloo Long-serving Kitchener MPP Jim Breithaupt has died.

      Breithaupt passed away last Wednesday at the Freeport campus of Grand River Hospital. He was 83.

      "He was a good fellow," said longtime friend Harold Russell. "He was a person who made a terrific contribution to the civic life of the community."

      Born in Kitchener in 1934, Breithaupt became a lawyer and then deputy judge, and proudly served in the Canadian Army militia.

      Breithaupt was elected MPP five times, representing Kitchener at Queen's Park from 1967 to 1985 as member of the Liberal Party.

      "He was a good politician and a good voice for the community," Russell said.

      John Milloy, former MPP and Liberal cabinet minister, met Breithaupt in 1981 as a young Liberal volunteering on Breithaupt's re-election campaign.

      "He was someone who was very astute politically," Milloy said.

      Milloy said the five back-to-back wins were especially impressive given that Breithaupt was an opposition member. He was respected and well liked both at Queen's Park and in the community.

      "He was always very popular," Milloy said. "He had a good way with people."

      When Milloy later became MPP for Kitchener, he said he often turned to Breithaupt for advice and guidance.

      "I was always proud to have Jim Breithaupt as one of my predecessors," Milloy said.

      Breithaupt had a self-deprecating sense of humour, and his military background was apparent in his appearance and demeanour, Milloy recalled. His shoes were always polished, his outfit tidy and he was "unfailingly polite."

      Breithaupt's family has a long history in the area.

      His grandfather A.L. Breithaupt was a son of German immigrant Louis Breithaupt, who founded the Breithaupt Leather Company in the mid 1800s. Breithaupts served as city councillors, MPPs and MPs, and were very involved in community and church.

      In a 2009 Record article on his family's legacy, Breithaupt credited his family's reputation for winning his first election as MPP. He just assumed he would serve the community.

      "It sort of goes from one generation to the next," he said. "We just keep offering and it seems to be well accepted."

      Breithaupt was active in numerous organizations in the community, including the Royal Canadian Legion, the Concordia Club, and German Pioneer's Day committee, and he received many medals and honours.

      "He was involved in the community in an amazing number of ways," said Russell, who met Breithaupt in the 1960s in the militia as young captains and then later brought him into the Waterloo Historical Society.

      "He was a very civic-minded person," said Russell, adding that Breithaupt was proud of his family's name and traditions, and wanted to carry that on in the community.

      Breithaupt received a doctor of laws degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2006 and was honoured as one of 100 "alumni of achievement" on Laurier's 100th anniversary.

      While vice-chair of the board of governors for the Waterloo Lutheran University, as it was then called, Breithaupt suggested the name of Wilfrid Laurier when the university became a provincial institution in 1973.

      Breithaupt was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Artillery after completing officer training in Manitoba in 1952-54. He served in various command roles before returning to Waterloo to practise law and then transferred to the Scots Fusiliers of Canada '97 the eighth officer member of his family.

      When it amalgamated with the Highland Light Infantry, Breithaupt served in the Highland Fusiliers of Canada as company commander, rising to commanding officer from 1971 to 1973.

      Breithaupt is survived by his wife Jane, children Jennifer and Martha, and grandchildren.

      A visitation is being held at Erb & Good Family Funeral Home in Waterloo on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

      A private family service will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Waterloo.

      Donations in his memory can be made to the Last Post Fund, a charity Breithaupt supported that ensures all veterans get a dignified funeral and burial.

      Weidner, J. (2018). Jim Breithaupt remembered for dedication to serving the community . TheRecord.com. Retrieved 4 September 2018, from https://www.therecord.com/news-story/8877458-jim-breithaupt-remembered-for-dedication-to-serving-the-community/

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      LIEUTENANT-COLONEL (Ret'd) JAMES R., BREITHAUPT
      KSTJ, CD, OM(POL), QC, MA, LLB, LLD

      1934 - 2018


      James (Jim) Roos Breithaupt passed away peacefully on August 29, 2018 at Freeport Health Centre at the age of 83 years. Husband of Jane (née Adamson); Loving father of Jennifer Breithaupt (James Smith) and Martha Breithaupt Oner of Kitchener. Dear grandfather of William James, Emre Nicholas and Alara Emma. Predeceased by his parents, Major Rudolph Anthes Breithaupt MBE, ED, BA and Marion Gertrude Elizabeth Martha Roos, and his older brother, Peter.

      Jim always identified himself firstly as a gunner. Commissioned in the Royal Canadian Artillery after completing Officer training in Shilo, Manitoba in 1952-54, he served as: Troop Leader in Z Battery (Para) 1 RCHA; Adjutant of the Artillery Training Wing; and Lieutenant and Captain in the 29th Field Regiment (SP) in Toronto. He transferred to the Scots Fusiliers of Canada as the eighth officer member of his family and the first third-generation officer. Jim served in the Highland Fusiliers of Canada as company commander, rising to Commanding Officer from 1971 to 1973. In 2009, he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the 7th Toronto Regiment, and thereafter promoted in 2011 to Honorary Colonel for a three-year term.

      An economist, he graduated from the University of Western Ontario and has a Master's Degree from the University of Toronto. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1962 and became a Queen's Counsel in 1975. In recognition of his service and contributions, he received a Doctor of Laws degree from WLU in 2006.

      He was elected to the Ontario Legislature as the MPP for Kitchener, through five elections from 1967-1985 and became the House Leader for the Liberal opposition. He was also a Deputy Judge in the Small Claims Court of the Superior Court of Justice in Central South Region for almost twenty years.

      His record of service touched a broad variety of organizations, including: Senator of the Order to St. Lazarus; President of the Royal Canadian Military Institute (2010-2011); Knight of Justice of the Order of St. John; Member of Branches 412 (Polish), 165 (Fort York), 50 (Fred Gies) of the Royal Canadian Legion; Member of the Concordia Club and the K-W Khaki Club.

      Friends are invited to share their memories of Jim with his family during memorial visitation at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

      A private family service will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Waterloo. Condolences for the family and donations to The Last Post Fund may be arranged through the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.

      globeandmail.com: LIEUTENANT-COLONEL (Ret'd) JAMES R.. (2018). V1.theglobeandmail.com. Retrieved 4 September 2018, from https://v1.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/Deaths.20180901.93405687/BDAStory/BDA/deaths

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1934 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Aug 2018 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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