THE St Patrick’s College community yesterday farewelled longtime staff member and Christian Brother Herbert Breach.
Hundreds of Old Collegians, former staff members, colleagues and students joined the requiem mass led by Ballarat Bishop Paul Bird to remember the 96-year-old teacher and mentor.
He joined the Christian Brothers in 1931 and came to St Patrick’s College as senior French master in 1974, coaching the First XI cricket team and assisting hurdlers, shot putters and the senior hockey team.
Returning in 1984, he remained on staff until his retirement in 2002.
Br Breach died at Nazareth House, Ballarat, on Saturday.
Headmaster Dr Peter Casey said the congregation covered all generations and facets of St Patrick’s College life.
“There were lots of sportsmen, many, many Christian Brothers from around the state, past staff members and mothers from the canteen present,” Dr Casey said.
“We have been flooded with reminiscences, including many people remembering the positive influence Br Breach had on their lives through social media.”
Students formed a guard of honour after the service and a reception was held in the Old Collegians Association Pavilion.