Tribute delivered to well-loved postman

Robert Breton's wife Susan and cousin Heather Philiban
Robert Breton's wife Susan and cousin Heather Philiban

A new luxury development will be named after a much-loved postman who served the community.

Robert Breton was the postman in Larbert’s North Broomage area for 24 years and a well known face around the village.

He died only six weeks after being diagnosed with liver cancer, aged just 58, in October 2009.

His death left his wife Susan, children Ross (24) and Calum (18) and granddaughter Sammie (4) devastated.

But now his memory will live on with a road in a new housing development named after him.

Robert Breton Court is situated off Old Falkirk Road, near Larbert Cross, and the family are thrilled at the memorial to the dedicated postman.

Mrs Breton (54), from Stenhousemuir, said: “I think it is just fantastic that he is being honoured in this way.

“He was a very quiet and unassuming man and would never in his wildest dreams thought something like this would happen.”

The postman never missed a day of work in his two and a half decades and was a well liked character.

Robert’s cousin Heather Philliban (60) added: “All his route knew him and they even took out an advert in the Falkirk Herald when he died, saying they appreciated that he went above and beyond what was expected of him regularly.

“If he noticed blinds hadn’t been opened or he hadn’t seen them in a while he would chap their door and make sure they were ok.”

The family put a request in to Falkirk Council to name new flats in North Broomage after Robert but these had already been allocated names, so it was suggested naming flats at Larbert Cross after the grandad.

Susan added: “Robert was delivering letters right up until weeks before his death and he really loved his job.

“Lots of people from his route came to the funeral and left very touching messages in the condolences book – that is testament to how much he did for those he delivered to. It’s quite ironic that now postmen will deliver letters to a street named in his honour.”

Local councillor Tom Coleman, who suggested the street be named after Mr Breton, said: “It’s fantastic there will be a Robert Breton Court in the area.

“He did a lot for the community and will be remembered in a fitting way.”

Ewan Campbell Homes, which built the Larbert site, is now planning a tribute within the development to recognise Robert.

The Breton family are looking for information after a tree planted in Robert’s honour in green space at North Broomage was stolen. The silver birch, valued at £50, was planted in a memorial ceremony on the ground off Foundry Loan in 2009.

The tree was stolen sometime between Christmas 2010 and the end of April.

If you have any information, contact the Falkirk Herald on (01324) 690246 and the details will be passed on.