Ladies and Gentlemen of the Patriot Guard,
Please join us as we gather together to honor one of
our own. Fred Brehony, 67, was a loving husband, father, and
grandfather, Navy Veteran, and proud Patriot Guard Rider. Fred was
a Yoeman 3rd Class and proudly served his country from Oct. 1961 - Jan.
1966. The time is here to leather-up, put a shine on the bike, and
saddle up for Fred. Fred, you have been steadfast in your
commitment to honoring our fallen military and Veterans. Now it is
our turn to stand for you, and pay you the honor and respect you so
richly deserve. Your passing has left a tremendous hole in the
Brehony Family and the PGR Family. Ride on Brother Fred, our pegs are
My heart aches... I've lost a great friend and brother in the PGR and life. To Pat and the girls, my heart goes out to each of you and can only pray our Heavenly Father will give you all of his comfort and love at this time. You know we are always there for you so all you have to do is ask. I will be standing by for anything you need.
To my Oregon/Washington PGR brothers and sisters, our grief is heavy and together we will get through this. My heart goes out to each and every one of you and pray you will be comforted as well.
My brother Fred, you have left a huge hole that will never be filled. I will miss everything I know about you, especially your dedication to the PGR, our mission, and your fellow veteran brothers. You were always a class act, and I will always try to live up to your friendship and love, and your dedication to the mission. I thank you for allowing me to be part of your life, I thank you for your service to our great country, and know full well you will never be forgotten nor taken for granted. You have allowed me and my family to enjoy the freedoms we all enjoy each and every day and I will be forever grateful. Fred, you are a true American Hero, Patriot, and most of all, friend and I will cherish every moment we had together. Ride hard my friend, ride hard!!!
Humbly with love and respect........
Dave "Dirt" Cox
Assistant State Captain, Western Washington
Whoever said rain dampens the spirit wasn't a member of the PGR!!!
My sincere condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Fred Brehony. May your faith give you strength. May your memories give you comfort. May GOD'S love give you peace.
Karen (kerrybell) Trone
I have been simply devastated all day and can't seem to think of anything else. To say my heart aches would be an understatement. To Pat and the girls, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and pray that God will bring you some comfort. If I can do anything for you, please know that I will be there.
My sister sends her condolences from St Thomas. She has only been able to attend a couple of PGR missions, but she remembers very fondly how her first mission, she was talking about the bikes and how cool it was and Fred asked her if she wanted a ride. He proceeded to ride her around the Jesuit High parking lot and I know it is a day that she will never forget.
Fred, you will be missed and I don't know if the hole you left can ever be filled. You always had a smile on your face and a hug for all of your friends in PGR. I know that you are now standing the flag line in Heaven waiting for us to get there. You were a Navy hero, a Patriot but mostly a friend and brother and you will be sorely missed. God Speed and enjoy your ride on the celestial highway until we all come home to see you.
It will be an honor to stand in YOUR flag line and I know the tears will flow hard for this mission more than most.
RED, WHITE and BLUE - These Colors DON?T run!
Teresa "Terry" Carroll
Proud Navy Mom of Ben
Proud Marine Aunt of Tyler
Oregon Ride Captain
Rest In Peace Fred.
Fair winds and following seas.
My condolences to your family and sympathies to your friends.
MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO FREDS WIFE PAT, HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. MY HEART IS SADDEN BY THE LOST OF AN AMERICAN PATRIOT AND HERO. I PRAY THAT GODS LOVE HEALS THE PAIN FOR OUR LOST. MAY FRED REST EASY , WE WILL STAND FOR HIM, TO HONOR HIS SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. THANK YOU FRED FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE PGR.
STANDING BY IN SACRAMENTO TO HONOR OUR FRIEND
U.S Army Dec 1970 to Sept 1972
1st Infantry Division.
PGR Ride Captain
OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF USN VETERAN AND PGR RIDE CAPTAIN FRED BREHONY. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. REST IN PEACE BROTHER. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. ROBERT AND JUANITA
YOU ARE NEVER REALLY GONE UNTIL YOU ARE FORGOTTEN
ROBERT R PEARMAN
US AIR FORCE 1961 - 1965
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA
PATRIOT GUARD RIDERS
Fred Brehony...stand down sailor...your duty is done. God Bless You
George G. Westbrook Jr.
Senior Chief Petty Officer USN(Ret)
Thank You For Serving Our Country!
Thank You For Defending Our Constitution!
Thank You For Helping To Keep Our Nation Free!!
You will not be forgotten Fred!!!
MY CONDOLENCES TO THE
FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF VETERAN BREHONY,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE TO OUR
COUNTRY AND TO HER VETERANS,
BRAVO ZULU MY BROTHER,
MAY YOU REST IN PEACE
US NAVY 1976 1982
USS JOSEPHUS DANIELS CG27
AMVETS POST 1
PATRIOT GUARD RIDERS
My heart felt thanks
to Fred Brehony USN Veteran and a brother in the PGR. Thank you for your
service in protecting our freedoms and standing for those who have
needed you in the PGR. You will be missed but never forgotten. May God
bless the family and comfort them in this time of need and may he give
you peace God Bless
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of US Navy Veteran/PGR
Member Fred Brehony. Rest In Peace.
Gail and I extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Fred Brehony.
You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in eternal
My sincere and heartfelt condolences to Fred's family and friends-may
God bless and comfort them.
Thank you Fred Brehony for your service to your country-you may be
gone, but never forgotten. Rest in peace, for your mission is complete.
The best of the best is now with the rest of the best. Fred my brother,
you were the perfect example of a Patriot Guard Rider. You were always
there with a smile, a hug, a welcome. Somehow we'll carry on without you
but it will be tough.
Pat and the girls, I was devastated when it was confirmed it was Fred
who went down yesterday. I know my grief but I can't imagine the level
of grief you must feel. The only consolation to all this is the
knowledge that Fred died doing what he loved doing more than anything.
My heart goes out to you. Know that your brothers and sisters of the PGR
will be there for you always.
Ride on Fred. You and Freddie are now free to ride the celestial
highways together for eternity.
Fred, my friend, The world will not be the same without you here. You
have long been one of the cornerstones of the PGR and we will have a
hard time finding another as rock solid as you. The last time I hugged
you was at Freddie's service and I regret that my own life has kept me
from seeing you since then.I will remember that hug till my dying day.
Thanks for being such a good friend through the last few years as we all
dealt with the emotional turmoil caused by what we do. I pray that your
family stays strong throughout this sad time. See you on the other side
soon, my friend.
What a shame and a tragic loss. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences to
Fred's family; he lived on honorable life and will take the place he has
rightfully earned among America's fallen heroes. Rest easy, Fred; and
Fred I miss you more than you would have known. You have been a good
friend to me and to all who you have touched. I grieve for you and your
family. I will miss you my friend.
by Three Peanuts
10 Sep 2010 1:08 PM
Thank you for the news. This is devastating news to hear. Fred is a good friend to me over the years. I will miss him very much. I have been on long rides with Fred including last year on the Run For The Wall. My condolences to Pat and family. I will miss him very much.
Chuck "Banker" Jeffcoat
USN Vietnam Veteran 1963-1967
USS Hornet CVS 12
It's not how they died, it's how they lived that made them a hero.
Thank you Fred for being the best of the best.
My sincere condolences to the family and friends.
Dave Cox called me yesterday morning while I stood and heard his
wavering voice tell me about our downed rider....The news cut into me
like a knife....I have served side by side with Fred many times as I
cannot remember a time in recent history we have not met up for a
"Mission" on common ground.....Fred made every one he
could....Now the news just seems so sureal.....My heart will be empty in
that spot where I would give Fred recognition.....I will fill it with
his memories ......
Pat and girls my very deepest sympathies.... I would ask God to hold you
with His Grace and Love....to comfort you in this very hard
time.....Fred resides with God in one of the many rooms as Jesus
promised....Fred "laid his life down for another".....Jesus
says in the book of John "There is no greater gift"...Please
take this in comfort and comfirmation.....
Fred I will miss you....thanks for making me a better man by setting the
example.....Fair winds sailor....Take your eternal rest
Steve "Whacko" West/RC Castle Rock, Washington
Fred, your smile and hug, no matter where and when our paths crossed,
was ALWAYS the highlight of my day. As many other have said, you are the
epitomy of the Patriot Guard and you set a standard that each of us
always tried to meet. To do so in the future will be with a heavy heart.
Please know that each of us are a better person having known you. We
shared lot's of laughs, your great hugs, a lot of lousy weather and the
honor of knowing you.
My fondest memory is with you at a roadside park somewhere in Eastern
Oregon. We had lot's of miles behind us, as many ahead of us, everybody
was tired, but your smile and jokes made it all worth it.
Ride the corners like you always wanted to, enjoy the eternal sunshine
of your new home, keep watch over each of us as we keep watch on yours
that are still with us. We will meet and ride again.
Prayers for you and yours.
THE OREGONIAN, 09/11/10 OREGON CITY -- On Friday morning, Fred J.
Brehony answered the call to duty as he had so many times before. He
pulled on a leather vest covered with patches noting his military
service, climbed aboard his motorcycle and rode off to honor a fallen
Vietnam veteran at Willamette National Cemetery. He never made it.
Brehony, 67, a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, was killed in a
collision on his way to the cemetery. The bad news traveled quickly
among Patriot Guard Riders. "Fred was one of the kindest, most
giving people I've ever run across," said Bryan Loun of Oregon
City. "He was very dedicated to being in service to others."
Police said Brehony had left his home on South Springwater Road, east of
Oregon City, and was heading to the funeral for Howell "Hal"
Birdwell of Vancouver, who earned a Purple Heart while serving in the
U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Birdwell, 67, was a member in good
standing of the Patriot Guard Riders. At 7:51 a.m., Brehony collided
with a car at Bakers Ferry Road. He was declared dead at the scene.
Cause of the crash remains under investigation by Clackamas County Crash
Reconstruction and Forensic Technicians. Brehony's wife, Pat, 67,was
following him in another vehicle and witnessed the crash. Nick Kinler of
Northeast Portland, assistant Oregon state captain for the Patriot Guard
Riders, noted that the Brehonys' 41-year-old son, Frederick Brehony II,
died in May. "Pat is just devastated," Kinler said.
"Luckily, their two daughters are staying pretty close by."
Kinler said he met Brehony, a retired meatcutter for WinCo Foods, four
years ago and was immediately impressed by his desire to recognize the
sacrifices of veterans. He said Brehony was a U.S. Navy veteran who
served on a destroyer during the Vietnam War. "He had a 'Tin Can
Navy' patch on his vest," Kinler said. "That's what those old
sailors called destroyers." Kinler said Brehony participated in all
the Patriot Guard Rider missions, even if that meant cutting short
personal activities. "Fred was one of the most beloved Patriot
Guard members in Oregon," Kinler said. "Everyone thought the
world of him." Kinler said the Patriot Guard now faces the
heart-rending task of organizing a memorial to honor one of their own.
"It won't be easy, but we will do it," Kinler said. "And
I tell you it will be big." -- Rick Bella
My deepest sympathies to the family of Fred Brehony. To my brothers and
sisters in the Oregon Patriot Guard, and those who rode with him in all
other areas he traveled, I offer my heart felt sympathies to you as
well. It was very obvious how much Fred touched the lives of those
around him as I saw several emails yesterday, and people who posted
their shock and disbelief at his sudden passing on other media sites.
Fred, you left a great legacy of service to our fallen heroes, and those
around you. The void left by your passing will never be replaced. May
God's peace give your family comfort now.
Standing by in Eastern Washington
To the family and other friends of Fred, I too have been in shock and
haven't been able to find any words to say. Fred was one of the most
kind and thoughtful individuals I have ever known, I will miss him.
Pat, my heart goes out to you and may God be with you in this time of
by Kick Stand
I am shocked by this sad news about the loss of "One Of Our
Own". Fred and have rode and stood together to many times to count
and I will surely miss him. I wish I could come up with something to
ease the pain. I do know that the one day the tears of sadness will turn
into tears of joy as the family remembers the happiness that Fred
bestowed upon all that knew him. Rest In Peace my friend, know that the
PGR Heart will keep your family under their wings in the heart.
My sincere condolences and prayers to family and friends of Fred Brehony,
U.S. Navy Veteran / PGR Ride Captain / Friend. Fred, I am forever
grateful for your service to our country and our Fallen Heroes. You were
always there rain or shine to honor our heroes. You were always there
with a hand shake and hug for fellow riders, new riders or our Heroes
Families. Your spirit has moved on, but you will live on in the hearts
of all of the many people you have touched. Your service and sacrifices
will not be forgotten. You are a "TRUE AMERICAN HERO". May you
Forever Rest in Peace.
Thank you for sharing yourself with us.
My Sincere Condolences go out to Family and Friends of US Navy Veteran /
PGR Brother, Fred Brehony, Though you will be missed you will not be
forgotten, Thank you for your Service. Rest in Peace and God be with
you. "You Will Forever Be Remembered"
Bill Snelson (Billboy)
US Army, Vietnam Veteran
PGR Senior Ride Captain, Mentor
When I read the news about fred... It was as though someone ripped my
heart out. Fred was one of the first to welcome me into the ranks of the
PGR. He had the most kindest hearts of any man I have ever known. I am
so proud to have known him over the past few years. I still have a
picture of him as we stood in the flagline while the wind was ripping
away at our flags...Fred was as solid as a granite wall. His strength
and sense of duty amazed me. When I took time off to go back to school,
he was one of the main faces I missed and I looked forward to giving him
a big hug once I returned. Now.. it will be my most proudest honor to
hope that I can stand in his memory with the dignity that he had. I love
you Fred, and I will miss you dear friend. We will one day meet
again.... And you will hear Our Father in Heaven say to you.."WELL
DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT"!!!
Pat I pray for you and wish you and your family condolances in your time
of sorrow. We all looked up to Fred.
To Pat and family, Marilyn and I were deeply sadden to hear of the
accident that took Fred from us.
He was an incredible leader and always set the bar very high leading by
We shall forever miss him but we know that yesterday Fred went to be
with his Savior.
It will be our Privilege to Stand for Fred as he has stood for many.
Though we may never understand, there is a Greater Plan.
We share your loss and will Pray for you and the family during these
Fred has Served his Country and Community, and we shall never forget
The Patriot Guard has been a part of your family and will strive to
I sincerely appreciate the military service of Fred Brehony to protect
our country, freedom and preserve our way of life. I convey my heartfelt
condolences to the family and friends. Rest in peace.
Fred,you were a friend. I will miss you more then I can possibly say
here. Rest now and one day we will ride again. To your family, you are
in my prayers. Thug.
Your presence here on earth will be forever missed. Your place in our
hearts will be etenal.
I was on many missions with Fred and he was a great guy.. the last time
I saw him he gave me a big smile and a hug. Pat know that you and your
family are in my prayers. Fred has left a hole and boots too big to
fill. I will stand for you Fred on your final mission. We dedicated the
parade ride to you today Fred. Love you and will miss your more than
words can say.
Thank you Fred for your selfless service to this country and to its
defenders your love and service will be missed,my sincere condloences to
the family and friends here at PGR. You will be in my thoughts and
Deanna and I are in shock, as so many others are at the tragic loss of
our brother Fred. We were on vacation yesterday when we got the report.
Pat, we have been praying for you and your family since we heard, asking
GOD to cover you with His loving comfort and the peace of our Lord
Jesus. Dear Fred was such an example of biblical love and joy of serving
others, that he truly blessed all he met and added a richness to our
lives. Fred was a genuine model of humility and self-sacrifice who will
be greatly missed. Because the affections are so deep, the pain is so
great. We join with you in this time of sorrow and consider it a
privilege and honor to have served with Fred. We are here, with all
others, for you our sister. We send our love, Dennis & Deanna
It was an honor to have stood with you sir.
Fred, I just found out that you have left us and the tears in my eyes
make it difficult to write this. You were a true man.kind, gentle,
dedicated to the PGR, and concerned for others... and it was always nice
to see another "Tin Can" man on the flag line. You have
touched my heart in many ways as I know you have touched others. My
consolation is that I know you are with God today and for eternity.
That, my friend, is what our earthly struggle is all about. I pray for
Pat and the rest of your family that, somehow, in the midst of all their
tragedies this year that our Lord and Savior will comfort them as only
He can. Although I have been on PGR leave this year, I will be so very
proud to stand the flag line for you my friend. God bless you!
Fred, it's going to take a long time for the pain of your loss to
subside. I've been able to think of little else since Pat called me
yesterday morning, confirming what I feared from early news reports.
I'll miss hearing your voice answering the phone; "Dennis!".
I'll miss meeting you at the Carver boat launch to ride to missions
together. I'll miss our yearly adventure to Baker City for the Hells
Canyon Motorcycle Rally. I'll miss watching you and Pat quietly
displaying your love for one another... truly touching. I'll miss many
things about you, including what we do best... standing in the flagline
to honor someone who served his/her country.
I'm glad to know I told you that I love you, around the time Freddy
died. Often we wait too long to tell someone that, especially us guys.
That's a regret I don't have tonight.
Until another day and time...
To the Family of Fred Brehony, We are so sorry and sad to hear of your
loss. We thank Fred for his service to our Country and his willingness
to honor our father and husband as a Patriot Guard Rider. Our thoughts
and prayers are with all of you. The Family of Hal Birdwell
Rest in peace Fred. Can't believe I just spoke with you and now you're
Thank you for your service.
My Sincere Condolences To The Family and Friends of Fred Brehony, US
Navy Veteran/PGR Brother. I Am Forever Grateful For Your Service To Our
Country. Rest In Peace
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Fred Brehony, USN
Veteran/PGR Member. Thank you for your service to this Great Nation. Go
Rest High on the Mountain.
My sincere Condolences, to the Family of Fred Brehony and to all PGR
members from the North West. When a friend is lost, it hurts deep. Rest
in peace Fred and know we will be standing for you as you've stood for
us. Gunny South Central Dist Ride Captain PGRofWA.
I send my sincere condolences to USN Veteran and PGR brother Fred
Brehony. May the Lord comfort you in the difficult days ahead.
Fred it is a sad day in Oregon and the entire PGR family to hear this
sad news. Pat I am sorry to hear that you had to witness this as it
happened. Keep in mind that you have a large family to turn to in this
time of need. We all will stand in a moment of silence with this sad
news. Take care and be strong. Fred may you rest in peace.
by Lady Harley
Fred, Thank you for your willingness to defend the United States of
America and her freedoms and interests. Your untimely death brings much
sorrow and sadness to the hearts and lives of your family, friends,
military brothers and sisters, each and every member of the Patriot
Guard Riders, and all who truly appreciate their freedom. We are proud
of your service and dedication in that which you believed in and fought
for. Your mission is complete. You are truly an American hero and the
world in which we live is a safer place because of your commitment to
freedom. We will now proudly stand for you with honor, dignity, and
respect. We pray that you will now rest peacefully in the arms of the
Lord. May He provide peace, comfort, and understanding to each life you
touched and may He guide your family and friend with His grace during
this time of sorrow. With gratitude, deepest respect and heartfelt
I have struggled with what to say here since hearing the sad news of the
loss of our Friend, Fred! I still do not know what to say... Know that
Fred will always be remembered with fondness and Honor for his devotion
to continuing to serve as a PGR member. Pipey and I stand by awaiting
further instructions...we will be heartbroken, but truly honored to be
there for Fred and his family... Sigh... Memory Eternal!
My thoughts & prayers go out to Pat, their family, and his PGR
family in Oregon. While I haven't done many missions in Oregon in the
last year, I do remember seeing Fred. His dedication to the mission was
incredible. His passing is a huge loss for this family & the PGR.
Pat, know that you are being upheld in prayers by many, many people that
knew & loved Fred.
Standing by in Federal Way
I wonder if Fred Brehony had any idea just how MANY people truly loved
him, probably not. I wonder if any of us had any idea just how much Fred
meant to us, probably not! Two days after the accident and it hasn't
gotten any easier. We have been fortunate to have met some really great
people through the PGR but few could compare to the honest, humble,
caring man that Fred was. We will miss him greatly and hope that in some
way, Pat and the rest of the family can find some comfort in the
knowledge that Fred coming to missions and being part of our lives, has
in some way made each one of us a better person. We send our most
sincere condolences to Pat and family. We will never forget our dear
friend Fred Brehony.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Fred's wife and their family. My
thoughts are also with all his PGR Brothers and Sisters as they also
feel this lose. Looking skyward, thank you Fred for your service to our
Country and for your willingness to Stand for today's Heroes. There are
some very good people awaiting your arrival to guide you along the
Golden Highways. Rest easy we have your watch.
Fred, gonna miss you old buddy. You were one of the 'rocks' that kept us
together. You'll never be forgotten...
I couldn't believe my ears and eyes when I found out Fred was killed in
an accident on his way to a PGR mission on Friday morning. The news
ripped at my heart and tears flowed from my eyes. A dear friend that I
can no longer hug when I see him. He made me feel good when around him
and he just seemed to be friends with everyone of our PGR family. You
will be missed greatly. My family and I are praying for your wife, Pat,
and your daughters. May God hold you close in your time of grief. Rest
in peace, your mission is complete. Thanks for Fred, for your service to
our country and helping the PGR honor US soldiers and veterans and their
families. You will be missed, my brother,my friend, my fellow American.
Times for services: Thursday, 2:00 pm in Oregon City then to the
cemetery on Sprngwater about three miles past Carver. Sunday, 4:00 pm
Memorial Service It will be difficult, but an honor to stand this line.
I'm totally at a loss for words........I can't even think now... I'm
reading the email from Dennis Reynolds, in the driver's area at the
Flying J truck stop in St. George, UT with tears running down my face
and other drivers wondering what's wrong...
I tell them, they send their condolences, too, as the football game
Fred was a great friend to me and to all I would have to say. We stood
together on more missions than I can count. In fact, I can't remember an
Oregon mission I didn't see him at. He was one of the people I looked
forward to seeing at any PGR mission (or anywhere), yes - even
I feel really bad now, We were supposed to get together for slow speed
maneuvering practice but, never got to set up a time to meet.
Fred, I will miss you greatly, my Friend. I know you will be missed
greatly by all. We will miss you more than anyone of us can say. I know
I will. It will be an honor to stand the Flag line for you.
Fair winds and following seas, my friend. Rest easy, your mission is
complete and well done. Thank you for you service to our country, your
support for our troops, and your friendship.
Pat & family... My condolences and prayers to you. Thank you for
sharing your Hero with us. I will always remember his smile, his laugh,
and the sparkle in his eyes.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Fred's family and to the extended PGR
family of OR. Fred, it is evident that you are truly loved. Stand down
So very sorry to hear about the passing of Fred Brehony, may the good
Lord grant this family and friends the peace and strength to deal with
the days ahead.
Riding in Honor of my fathers brother SSgt. James C. Guest USMC Fort
Custer National Cemetery
Fred was a true hero and a wonderful person. The tears seem to have no
end. Fred always had a genuine smile and a warm hug for everyone. The
PGR and suffered a huge loss. Fred you will be missed here on earth but
I know you will be standing the flagline for each of us as we come home.
Rest in Peace my friend. To Pat and his daughters my deepest sympathies.
Fred was one of a kind and his absence will be felt by all. Lora Baker
PGR, Soldier's Angel
by Don Pearce
To the family and friends of Fred Brehony, Nancy and I send our sincere
condolences. We thank Fred for his service to our country and this
organization that we love so dearly. Losing a Hero is always hard, but,
when it is a member of the (PGR) family who has been so outstanding, it
is a terrible and heartwrenching loss. The hole he left will never be
filled, but his memory will continue to inspire each and every one of us
to strive for the high ideals that Fred epitomized and stood for. Your
loss has dimmed our light, but your spirit will never allow it to break.
We stand in spirit with our brothers and sisters for Fred. May you now
rest forever in the loving arms of Almighty God. We miss you.
To the family and friends of Fred Brehony. my sincere condolances .May
you find tranquility in knowing that friends and loved ones share in the
loss of your loved one ..
P.G.R Ride Captian & Flag director
Mrs. Brehony,daughters, family and friends, many before us on this post
have said so sincerely how we feel, as that is said, we, like them,will
keep you all in our prayers. Ride free Brother Fred with all of the
other Heroes that have been called to heaven. Thank you for your service
to our great country. Nancy and Gary Schwartz Pittsburgh,PA Riding in
Honor of my Dad & Father in law Taylor H. Beech, Jr. Sgt. Army Air
Corp WWII 1925-2009
My heart is heavy with the untimely loss of Fred Brehony. As a biker, this is the nature of the beast, as an RC, the extra miles we do during missions increases our odds exponently for disaster with each mile added. Tragically, his last mile came too soon. My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of this selfless American, RIP.
We send our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the friends and
family of Fred Brehony and to the PGR of Oregon. What tragic news and
devistation for this dedicated family and extended family. I didn't know
Fred, but I know so many like him. His caring and devotion, love for his
country and fellow man resonate in the words on these pages and reflects
the true nature of the Patriot Guard Riders. The words on these pages
are written for a man who gave freely and made a great difference in the
lives of so many who will never forget.
This family, the State of Oregon and indeed, the entire PGR have lost a
great heart, but that heart will continue in the souls of all who
remember his name, his spirit of giving, his devotion and service to his
country and his mission.
THANK YOU SIR ! Rest in peace. We've got the watch.
Standing in spirit from RI.
May GOD bless our brother and look after his family.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to this family. Rest easy Fred....may
your memories live on in all who knew you.
In October 2009 I buried one of my soldiers (I was his First Sergeant)
at the Willamette National Cemetery. As I was approaching Lincoln
Memorial Funeral Home where the services were to occur, I rounded the
hilltop and there proudly stood "FRED" standing at attention
with his US Flag wearing his leathers and "TINCUP". patch. As
I further entered I noticed there was a great number of similarly
dressed guys also holding US Flags. I asked them who was in charge of
this group and they said, the big guy inside. I went inside and there
was CABBIE.... OH MY GOD I thought to myself... but after talking to him
I quickly realized each of these guys standing proudly outside the doors
were there for one reason-to honor my solider and his family. I joined
PGR that night !!!
I never hesitated to go to missions and at each mission it seemed, there
stood Fred, without any complaints of the weather, the time of the
day/night or where we were going. Fred was one of the guys I watched a
nd admired greatly. It is easy to attend a mission out of respect but I
could tell it meant more to Fred and I never forgot that image. Fred was
one of the guys that not only talked the talk but walked the walk....
In the Marine Cor;s we have the saying of SEMPER FI which simply means
Fred, SEMPER FI my friend, you will be greatly missed but will be
remembered in our hearts and minds at every PGR mission we are present.
You my friend were ALWAYS FAITHFUL and so we shall also be.
Retired First Sergeant
Oh my goodness, what can we say that will bring comfort and peace to
Fred's family and loved ones? Just know that we are praying for all of
you that the Lord will sustain you through the coming days. Only His
Peace and Comfort will free your heart from the burdens of sorrow and
dispair. We will be there for you and will stand for Fred, for he stood
for many in their days of sorrow too. Ride on the wings of Eagles
Brother, for you have give your all and have paid the Ultimate Price for
your country and commrades. God Bless you Fred, and your family and
friends. We will miss you for sure, but we also know that you will be
waiting for us someday.
Mac & Marilyn McAllister
PGR RC/Bikers for Christ
It is with sad heart upon hearing of Freds death on Friday morning. Sort
of lost for words. Standing by in Port Orchard
My thoughts and prayers are out to his wife and kids. I didn't know
them, but I did spend time with him before and after missions, that's
where I really got to now him. As I got an email letting me know about
what had happened, my heart and my mind couldn't stop grieving over the
loss. I just couldn't believe that someone I had spent time with getting
to know, someone as strong as him, had passed. He will never be
forgotten in my heart, and I will always remember him. Thank you God for
bringing him into our lives for he has forever changed us all.
to the family and friends of Fred Brehony, my deepest sympathies. there
is new star in the skies above you watching over you each day.
thank you fred for your service to our country. stand down we will carry
on from here
It is with a heavy heart that I convey to you, Pat, and the girls, our
deepest and most sincere condolences, on behalf of all of us in the
State of Washington, for your loss. It is difficult to put into words
the caring, comradeship, and love that we have for our Brothers and
Sisters in the Patriot Guard Riders, and to lose one to such a senseless
cause is miles beyond "I'm sorry". Know that Fred has been,
and will remain, our Hero, and that he will truly Never Be Forgotten.
Fred, you are among those Heroes who will forever ride their steel
horses through the Halls of Valhalla, where heroes go to spend eternity.
Ride Free, My Brother, and may the Wind take your spirit along all the
highways you always wished to travel. Stand down, Brother, for we are
Standing Up for you.
My condolences to the family and friends of Patriot Fred Brehony.
"Sleep my sons, your duty done...until freedom's light has come.
Sleep in the silent depths and in your bed of hollowed sod.
Until you hear at dawn the low clear reveille of God."
Thank you for your service, Fred. It is now your end of watch. Rest easy and in peace. Fair Wind and Following Seas. Sailor, I salute you.
My heart-felt condolences to the family and friends of Patriot Guard, Fred Brehony. We live in the Land of the free, because of the Brave! May you all find peace with time.
Standing by in San Diego to honor this American Hero.
Bruce aka Bluejeans PO2 USN, Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club
My words, no matter how eloquent, can balm your pain. Please know that I
am beyond sorry for our loss. Thou I never met Fred I have met thousands
of like minded Men and Woman and I know he put our fallen first. Please
accept my sincere condolences and know if I could I would ride in his
by ol Bill
I would like to offer my most sincerest condolences to the family and
friends of Fred Brehony.
We salute him and render him honor for his service and
sacrifice to our country and to the Partiot Guard Riders. So many of us
relate to Fred and his selflessness in the willingness to do what is
pressed on our hearts.
His honorable service will not be forgotten. Your mission is complete,
rest your oars Sailor. May you forever rest in peace.
ol Bill jammn' in sunny Durham
THANK YOU BROTHER FRED FOR YOUR FAITHFUL AND DEDICATED SERVICE NOT ONLY TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY, BUT ALSO TO THE PATRIOT GUARD RIDERS! REST EASY BROTHER FRED, YOUR MISSION IS COMPLETE! TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF OUR BROTHER, MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND COMFORT YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME!
BROTHER FRED, REST IN ETERNAL PEACE!! SAVE A SPOT IN THE FLAG LINE IN HEAVEN FOR ME!!!
FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS!!!!
GUARDING HEAVEN'S GATES!
YOUR DUTY IS NOW OVER!
YOU ARE PROPERLY RELIEVED!
YOU WILL NOW REPORT FOR DUTY AT THE PEARLY GATES!!!
We here in Southern California were just notified within the last hour
or so of this tragic event. As part of one big family that we all are,
we all are devastated and mourn the loss of this great man and great
patriot one of our own, our brother. I read the Oregon thread written by
his friends and this one and how I wish that I had known Fred and his
wife Pat. This kind of thing is something we all fear and the reason
that every night in my prayers I say "and please, dear Lord,
protect my PGR brothers and sisters". It's so hard to find the
words here for this...hard like it is when we leave a note for the
families of our fallen heroes..or our veteran heroes..somehow in this
situation it's even harder. I want to express thanks to Fred for his
service in the USN..my husband was a retired navy man.."fair winds
and flowing seas" Fred. I wish I could just wrap my arms around Pat
and their family including all of you..but I know God will and is at
this very moment. I would like to say to all of you that you will see
Fred again and he will be with you on every mission and in every moment
of joy of sadness until you see him again on that distant shore. Love
and hugs to all of you...
To Know Fred was to have a true friend, even if I only got to see him
once a month or so.Every time I ran into him, no matter how long it had
been he made me feel like we just talked yesterday. It will be a great
honor to stand for you Fred. We will ride together again, oh what a ride
that will be !
My heart goes out to all of you with the loss of Fred. I knew him only
through the website and emails but he always had a positive attitude.
His loss is felt across the country. May you all find the strength you
will need to carry out his mission and to carry on without him.
Fred, your duty is done, rest peacefully knowing your brothers and
sisters will carry forward all the love and respect you held for our
heroes and their families. You served honorably and we will not forget
My condolences to Fred's wife Pat and their family. My heart is heavy
for them and they are in my prayers. I am so thankful for everything
Fred has done for the PGR, I don't know if I knew him, for the first
time I saw the PGR was at my cousin's funeral, Jeremy Loveless, Estacada
Oregon, KIA Mosul Iraq May 29, 2006. I know the feeling of being at the
services, and how I felt that day with flags flying and such an honor to
know so many cared for Jeremy, what he gave, what his family gave, and
to know you all cared so much. Shortly after the services I joined PGR
myself, because of people like Fred, giving so much, just to show
families someone also cared. No words can soften the hurt, but please
know others mourn for your loss Pat but are so grateful for everything
you and Fred have given to make sure others are not alone. He and you
have stood for mine, now I will stand for his. Always in my prayers,
always in my thoughts
Humble condolences and utmost respect offered to the family and loved
ones of Fred Brehony. Prayers for gentle healing to all those wounded by
this tragedy. We join you in grief and will be honored to stand
alongside you in respect for your loved one.
Fred Brehony, US Navy,
You are a man among men. A true veteran, a friend and a gentleman.
Sailor, you have completed your final watch with Honor, Dignity and
Professionalism. It's time to Stand Down and Rest Easy. You have
represented yourself, your family the community and The United States
Navy with the highest of standards. May God find a resting place for
you, worthy of a man of your substance.
I'll darn well miss your company on rides. Gotta end, Love to ya Fred.
I will miss you. :-( CYA Kodiak
by Harley Harrold
I offer my condolences to the family and friends of Fred Brehony for the
loss of this AMERICAN PATRIOT & PGR BROTHER who will not be
forgotten. May you ride those streets of Gold forever free in Heaven.
Pat I also offer my prayers and condolences for the loss of your love
one. I can not imagine how it must feel to witness the loss of your
husband. May our Lord be with you and comfort you now and for all time.
by Harley Harrold
I offer my condolences to the family and friends of Fred Brehony for the
loss of this AMERICAN PATRIOT & PGR BROTHER who will not be
forgotten. May you ride those streets of Gold forever free in Heaven.
Pat I also offer my prayers and condolences for the loss of your love
one. I can not imagine how it must feel to witness the loss of your
husband. May our Lord be with you and comfort you now and for all time.
My family and I would like to offer our Most Sincere Condolences to the
family and friends of Fred Brehony, USN Veteran. Thank you, Fred, for
your dedicated commitment and service to our great country and for
keeping our freedom and way of life. I salute you Brother and may you
rest in peace wrapped in the loving arms of God Almighty. Stand down
your tour is done
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Fred Brehony. He
protected our country and our fallen military member's funerals. It
hurts to lose a brother in the PGR. Reading the comments from those who
knew him, I know he was a great person. May he now rest in peace with
the Lord. Pat, I will be praying for you.
It was my honor to be able, on those missions down in the Portland area,
to ride alongside and stand the flagline with Fred.
Rest in Peace, brother. You will be missed. It is, sadly, time for us to
stand for you -- as you stood for so many other heroes.
For all of Fred's family, may you find peace in the knowledge of how
well respected he was among the PGR.
Stand down, sailor. You've done your duty, and it is time to rest.
My sincere and heartfelt condolences to Pat & the girls, and to all
Fred's family and friends. May God give you strength and peace. I was
not fortunate enough to know Fred outside of the PGR missions...I always
remember the "Tin Can" patch, and the first time I saw him
without a leather jacket, thinking, "Dang, that guy's skinnier than
me!". It was very rare for me to be on a mission when Fred wasn't
there. As has been said, he was indeed ALWAYS FAITHFUL. Thank you for
your service to this great nation, and to your fallen brothers. God
bless you, Fred, just as we were blessed with your company. Godspeed on
your next adventure. It was an honor to stand beside you, and it will be
an honor to stand for you.
Fred, you have protected the freedom of others and served this country
with honor and pride, you have honored the fallen and valued your
brothers and sisters in arms, you have earned the respect of every
Patriot Guard Rider. My heartfelt condolences to your family and
friends. God Bless them in this time of sorrow.
Ride Brother Ride !
Thank you again Fred for all you have done for us and our country. I
pray that God gives your family and friends the strength and peace to
move forward. We will all miss you and love you more than you know. It
will be my honor to stand the flagline for you to honor you as the
wonderful person that you w ere. You made a huge impact on my life,
Gene's life and everyone you came in contact with. What a legacy to
leave behind knowing how much everyone respected, cared, loved and
thought the world of you. I will forever be a better person for knowing
you. Rest in peace Fred. We'll take over from here.
by Pleiku Paul
Our Prayers are with you at your great loss. Paul Kelly
I am terribly sorry to see this has happened. My most sincere and
heartfelt condolences to Pat, family, and friends. Thoughts and prayers
are being sent from central Florida. And Fred sir, my deepest thanks.
You are the epitome of honor from what I can see. Rest in peace.
A life well lived... but you will be missed terribly Fred.
Jim "The Mayor" Frost
RFTW California State Coordinator
There are no words. There are so many words. We all are missing you so
much. Ride on my good friend. (Fred is on the left)
Thank you for your service Petty Officer Brehony. May you rest in peace.
"Some people's lives can truly make a difference however long or
short their lives on earth. They give the gifts of kindness and of
caring. They sow the seeds of friendship and self-worth. Some people's
lives are beautiful examples of putting others first, and when they are
gone, the lives of those they touched are so much richer, and the love
they shared lives on and on."
There are never the right words to say at the loss of a good man, a
great man. To the family, friends and all who loved Fred, I wish we
could lift the sadness. We were privileged to have him with us. We say,
"Farewell" and thank you for your service to our country, PGR
and all the other things that you gave your time and talents to benefit
others. We are with you in heart and spirit. With care,
Epicwoman and Reaps
Donnie and Linda Snyder
Thank you, Fred, for your service to your country. Thank you also for
faithfully standing for those who served. May God be with your family
and friends during this difficult time, but may they be comforted by the
memories you shared with them. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.
Our thoughts and paryers are with the fellow Riders, friends, and family
as we say good bye to a great Veteran, Patriot, and Gentleman who stood
for his country and community.
You will be greatly missed Fred but never forgotten in the hearts of so
many you have met along your journey in life.
Thank you for your dedicated service and sacrifice to defend this great
country of ours!! Our thoughts & prayers are with you, your family
and friends of this fallen hero to ease them through these difficult
times. You will never be forgotten! Rest in peace.
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Marine Lance
Corporal Cody A. Roberts. LCpl Roberts is a True American Hero. He
choose to join America's finest fighting force during this Global War on
Terrorism. He service and sacrifice has made our nation safer. He must
never be forgotten. Semper Fi Brother.
Every time another hero is called home to rest in the arms of our Lord
and Savior, we are sad as we must again say farewell to a dwindling
response of inspiration to the future generation of this great country.
But worry not for you stood for many now we stand for you. To the family
of Fred Brehony know this, as long as his storys are retold, as long as
his name is spoken, as long as we remember and lift him up before our
eyes and our God, he will never truly be gone, only riding a new rode,
scouting a new route, planning a new mission for when we rejoin him.
Until then Fred Brehony, Vaya Con Dios My Brother! Rest Easy, We have
this mission, your watch is over, you mission completed with honor and
glory. We now assume the mantle and take up the call in your place. See
you down the road good sir!!!!
My deepest, heartfelt condolences to the Family and Friends of our
Brother, Fred Brehony. Thank you for your service to our great nation as
well as the PGR.
Stand down, Fred Brehony, your mission is now complete. May you rest in
Honored, Eternal Peace.
Oh Fred, we hoped and prayed it wasn't true. Even though indications
told us it was, we had to be sure. Word went out and traveled fast - the
world spun crazy, or tilted a little different - something - it was just
so hard to comprehend. It has taken me too long to be able to post
something here - the words just never seemed right, they still don't.
Fred, you have touched us all in so many ways. You probably never
realized the impact you made on so very many lives, you were such a kind
and humble man. We always knew what we got with you, a straight-up,
honorable guy. Your warm greetings, your smiles and hugs, your "How
ya doin'?", your helping hand, the push of a bike, the "Flippin'"
whatever, the comfort you always provided, set folks at ease. Although
you made a person feel like family, I clearly see there is much we have
missed out on. I wish we had had more time... You will always be with us
- you have left a profound and indelible impact on all who knew y ou.
Thank you for the good times and the good memories, my brother. I will
miss you terribly, please ride with me anytime - my pegs are down for
Pat, I have been at a loss for words for you and the 'girls', they seem
so insignificant. My warm, silent embrace has had to speak from my
heart. Everyone is crushed with this loss, it leaves a tremendous void
for us, but none more-so than for all of you . Although Fred always made
you feel like you had known him forever, it has only been a few short
years for us. You have a lifetime of love and memories that I hope and
pray will help bring you comfort and strength. Cherish those memories,
my they warm your heart, may they let you feel his arms around you, may
they bring a smile to your face. Thank you for allowing us the Honor to
stand for Fred...
by Geezer Glide 2001
Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Fred Brehony,Thanks
for being one of our greatest heroes. God Bless. And God Bless, The
fellow soldiers that stands for us everyday.Thank you for your dedicated
service and sacrifice to defend this great nation of ours.
We salute you , My Friend
"WELCOME HOME FRED" Your life has been filed with many
adventures and has touched many lives which you were not even aware of.
Now is is time for you to rest and know our thoughts are always with you
and your family. SEMPER FI' My Friend !