Bertel “Bert” Skabo Brun
Bertel “Bert” Skabo Brun, 87, a resident of Lee County, FL for the past five years, formerly of Fairhope, AL, passed away Saturday, October 3, 2020 in Cape Coral, FL. He was born October 24, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY to immigrant Norwegians, Edwin and Oddny Brun, now deceased.
Bertel Skabo Brun (Bert) was a kind, intelligent, gentle, and empathetic man who loved maps and traveling the world. He brought his family to his favorite country, New Zealand, where he was the Chief Fisheries Management Officer for several years. He was a middle school science teacher, rubber plantation inspector in Sumatra, Indonesia, Biologist for both the Corps of Engineers in Seattle, WA and the Fish and Wildlife Service in Annapolis, MD.
He also worked for the Naval Oceanographic Department where he spent time in Japan and other countries. He loved to read and write, and when he retired he fulfilled his dream of becoming an Author, finishing 12 books and 3 plays, even producing live performances. He also lectured on various cruise ships, sharing his knowledge of the ocean and topography while enjoying his love of traveling. He spent time exploring throughout Europe with his then wife, Mary Ann, mother of his children. He loved to dance, hike, play cribbage and watch classic movies. He was an advocate for the under-privileged, mentoring prison inmates, sponsoring children, and volunteering overseas with his church group. His love for animals was well- known, and he contributed to many rescue organizations. He especially loved to say hello to his beloved burrowing owls that lived along his daily walks in the neighborhood. He was an encouraging, humble and wise patriarch to his family, who adore him and will never forget his love and care. He will be missed tremendously but will be forever in the hearts of those that loved and knew him.
He is survived by three loving children, Jenny Cline of Spotsylvania, VA, Kirsten Medlock (Mark) of Volga, WV, and Lesley Brun (Runnels) of Cape Coral; former wife, Mary Ann Floden; three nephews and two nieces, Ed Aites (Lorna), Kristina Bailey (Dave), Nina Lavoy (Ken), Paul Greening (Sue), and John Greening; best friend, Hermann Gusinski; 17 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; as well as a large and loving extended family.
Bertel was preceded in death by a daughter, Laura Brun; two sisters, Ruth Aites and Helen Greening; as well as a nephew, Larry Aites.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. Details to be announced via www.MullinsMemorial.com
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions in memory of Bert Brun are suggested to your favorite Animal Rescue Organization.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.