OBITUARY

Hjalmar Edmund Breit III

July 20, 1942February 7, 2019
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Hjalmar Edmund Breit, III

Hjalmar Edmund Breit III, 76, a prominent marine surveyor and competitive yachtsman, died on Thursday, 7 February 2019 at his home in Bush, Louisiana after a valiant battle with cancer (and not by a confederate sword). Hjalmar was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to H.E. “Del” Breit, Jr. and Virginia “Nia” Martin Breit, and was a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana for over 74 years. He attended St. Martin’s Episcopal School, Centre College and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Hjalmar owned and operated Breit Marine Surveying and was a NAMS-certified marine surveyor for over 42 years. His expertise in surveying spanned projects throughout North America and the Caribbean. Hjalmar was also an accomplished, passionate sailor and served as past Commodore of Southern Yacht Club where he was instrumental in the rebuilding of SYC after Hurricane Katrina. He was awarded a lifetime membership of SYC. He is survived by his wife, Polly Eagan, his son, Hjalmar E. Breit IV (Michelle); his stepson, James Judson Crane II (Greg); his four grandsons, Hjalmar E. Breit V, Aaron A. Breit, Hunter Breit, and Torbin Breit, step-grandson, Chase Thompson and his twin sister, Susan Carroll (Joe). He was preceded in death by his son, Conrad Breit (Jacqui) and his stepson, John Craft Crane. He will be sorely missed by his spoiled poodles: Bentley, Cosette and Tee Doux.

Relatives and Friends are invited to attend a “Celebration of Life” on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, Louisiana 70006. Condolences may be offered online to the family at www.leitzeaganfuneral.com

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.

VIKING BY BLOOD; YANKEE BY BIRTH; SOUTHERNER BY CHOICE.

  • FAMILY

  • Hjalmar is survived by his wife, Polly Eagan, his son, Hjalmar E. Breit IV (Michelle); his stepson, James Judson Crane II (Greg); his four grandsons, Hjalmar E. Breit V, Aaron A. Breit, Hunter Breit, and Torbin Breit, step-grandson, Chase Thompson and his twin sister, Susan Carroll (Joe). He was preceded in death by his son, Conrad Breit (Jacqui) and his stepson, John Craft Crane. He will be sorely missed by his spoiled poodles: Bentley, Cosette and Tee Doux.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, February 12, 2019
REMEMBERING

Hjalmar Edmund Breit III

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Angela Carll

February 16, 2019

Dear Polly,
I was so sorry to see that Hjalmar died. Losing a beloved husband is the hardest thing any of us will ever have to face.
My heart goes out to you and I offer you my deepest sympathy.
I will pray for you every morning for the rest of my days.
Sincerely yours, Angela Carll

Nicholas Paternostro

February 12, 2019

Hjalmar has been instrumental to me in my career as a marine surveyor, and I cannot be more grateful of having the opportunity of knowing and working with him. I have herd many great stories over the years from numerous people in the maritime industry all over the gulf coast, and I have a few of my own. I will miss his unique style of teaching along with his friendly advice he provided me with over the years.

To me, Hjalmar has been a cornerstone and a legend in the field of marine surveying who will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. Fair Winds and Following Seas.

Rachel Villavaso

February 11, 2019

It was a great pleasure to have worked for Hjalmar over 13 years. He taught me everything I know about the river industry. I have many memories of the time I spent with him and his family. He touched so many lives. RIP Hjalmar Until we meet again..... Rach

Paul Deister

February 11, 2019

I first met Hjalmar when I was a young surveyor with Ken Helmrich. We met on a barge in the river and he scared the hell out me with his greeting of "who the hell are you?" After many year of joint surveys and NAMS functions with Hjalmar, I realized what a compassionate man lurked under the crust. He will be sorely missed.

Rick Sadtler

February 11, 2019

I met Hjalmar and his dad in the early '70's after I joined Bunge and we shared a friendship and business relationship over the next 30+ years. I learned a lot from him. Professionally and personally he was as good as it gets and I have many fond memories. I was saddened to hear of his passing, but the time comes for all of us. Sleep well, my friend. You'll be missed by many.

Rick Sadtler

Dan Robsham

February 10, 2019

Hjalmar was one of a kind. He cut a wide swath on the waterfront, and he was just as fun and kind after hours as he was „straight to the point“ on the job.

He welcomed us into his home and SYC as a true gentleman, and each of us, In some way, are better for having known him.

Thank you Hjalmar and thank you Polly.

Dan Robsham
Hamburg Germany

Beverly Morton

February 10, 2019

Dear Polly, Hjalmar IV, Michelle, Hjalmar V and Aaron, Words are not adequate to express our condolences for your loss of someone who was a great husband, father, grandpa and friend. We couldn't have asked for a more wonderful family for our daughter to marry into. Hjal always treated Michelle like a "daughter". He was spoken about to us in the highest regard and it was evident that he was very loved and respected by his son, our daughter and grandsons. He held a very important place in their lives and he taught them some valuable lessons along the way. So happy we were able to speak with him just a short week ago. His passing is clearly a loss for us. We are so sorry for the pain and sadness you are experiencing now. May your thoughts and stories about him always make you smile and keep his memory alive and close to your hearts. RIP Hjal. We will miss you. God's Blessings to all. Ron & Bev ( Morton )

Judd Troxler

February 10, 2019

I’ve known Hjalmar for a little over 20 years. He was probably the toughest and most respected marine surveyors on the river. Hjalmar helped me a lot when I was just getting started on the river, and I am forever appreciative. Whenever I went out on a job with him, he always seemed to be in charge no matter what the situation or who else was there, ( he did it his way). Under that huge tough manly personality was a very warm man with a big heart who really loved his family and friends. He was extremely proud of his grandchildren. Hjalmar may be gone, but his memory will live on forever inside of all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Thanks and God Bless You Hjalmar Breit.

Kyle Smith

February 10, 2019

Kyle Smith

February 10, 2019

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