In Memory Of
Charles ‘Chasman’ Brandau
November 20th, 1945 - September 15th, 2020
Charles was born and
raised in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. During his time there, he was
taught under his uncles wing to become an expert painter, as
well as finish stucco and plaster master craftsman. He lived in
Pennsylvania until he moved to Florida in the 1980’s where he
continued his trade, working until he passed.
"Hard working to the end" was one of the ways his daughter Ashley
described her dad. Chasman had two daughters… Ashley (Richard)
Brandau and Brooke Brandau of Dania Beach. Their mother is
Jackie Smith. Chasman was survived by four grandchildren, whom
he loved, spoiled and adored: Hunter (13), Davantae (12), AJ
(7), Aaliyah (2).
Besides hard working, he had a push to live and a drive to enjoy
life. He taught his girls with tough love, but that meant he
loved them and had their best interests in mind. Their dad
instilled a good work ethic and showed them how to be
independent at an early age. How many Girl Scout Dads do you
know? Chasman filled that role for his girls for 11 years!
In his spare time, Charles was an avid deer hunter, hunting twice a
year in Wisconsin’s North woods. He loved animals, gardening,
and he cherished his family. For Chasman, old-fashioned Sunday
riding meant taking turns between family members, deciding who
was going on a motorcycle ride. This was their Sunday custom.
Chasman had another custom… he knew how to party. He and his close
friend Wisconsin Les were known to take long distance rides
together. Both Bike Weeks in Daytona Beach were amongst their
favorites. Les said with a laugh, “I had to pick Chasman’s bike
up off him many a time. But then again, he had to pick my bike
up off of me too.” What are friends for?
“No one can replace him,” is what Les said bout him. He was a good
teacher and a Jack-of-all-Trades. He was quick to share his
talents, wise, and yes – he’d give you the shirt off his back.
If he did give you his shirt, it probably was an ABATE shirt
because he was a proud member of ABATE SE. After he was
diagnosed with stage 4 liver caner, he passed away of
complications too great to overcome. Yet Chasman will always be
remembered as a fighter and a winner. Our community mourns this
respected man’s passing. Rest in Peace.