Update 21st December 2013: Daz’s brother has asked us to share the following with you all. 

Darren Bretel sadly passed away on Friday 13th December suddenly from a heart attack. Daz’s funeral will be held at Lodge Hill crematorium on Friday 3rd of January 2014 at 3.30pm we will be leaving from his house at 3.00pm, the venue for the wake is to be confirmed. We hope to have family flowers only, please feel free to come informally dressed. Many thanks to all that have posted kind thoughts and sentiments about Daz, we know he is special x

0dazOur thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Daz Bretel, the amazing youth worker who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at The Factory youth centre in Longbridge last Friday.

RIP Daz, you were a great bloke who influenced and inspired so many local people, young and older. You will be missed by many. x

The Factory will now remain closed until January 6th 2014.

If you feel you need to access some support or talk to someone, please find some useful numbers and websites below or contact us:

For young people: 
Locally: Big Community 0121 457 6758 or email bigcommunity@bigcomm.org
Nationally: Childline: 0800 1111 Website http://www.childline.org.uk

All ages:
Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90  Website http://www.samaritans.org/


  1. what a amazing man he was he done so much for children at frankley high school and helped my children to my thoughts go out to his family rest in peace another angel gained in heaven xxx

  2. I’m a cousin of his partner.
    A very lovely, thoughtful, kind & caring man who always put everyone else first before himself.
    You’ll be sadly missed by me & everyone who love and knows you. R.I.P Darren <3 GBNF <3

  3. He was a great guy full of enthusiasm and smiles and a huge inspiration to many. He will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, fellow workers and of course all the young people whose lives he touched.

  4. words cant express how are feel but the memories i have will live on ……daz was my step-brother but was never looked that way by either of us he was my brother ………will miss him for the rest of my life

    • We’re so sorry for you loss, John. We didn’t know Daz very well but he was a wonderful man. I know you’ll have lots of good memories of him. Take care of yourselves xx

  5. Being an inlaw of Darren’s I have shared the total shock and sadness that his family is suffering at
    at this time, To lose someone so kind and thoughtful
    as Darren is difficult to accept but at such an early
    age to, He will always be remembered as someone
    who was always willing to help others, nothing was
    to much trouble, A good man !!.
    Rest in peace Darren.

  6. i cant believe this, darren was a fantastic guy and its not going to be the same without him, RIP daz you’ll never be forgotten

  7. r.i.p daz ..wat can i say about one of the best men in this world .miss him always .my thoughts go out to mark nina mavis and all his family .big part of my life been taken,,f***in gutted,i hope that daz`s work will dedicate something to all his good work for the young people ,,,and i dont mean just a bench on the liky hills ..he loved his job and i hope they recognise how much he put in to it ,,,peace out daz

  8. R.i.p daz you were such a great man since i was born i knew you as a great man and my dads best friend i am gutted your gone we will always remeber you and the good times we had with you. Bye uncle daz :-)

  9. I will never forget your kindness and help when
    my brother ( your step dad ) Robert was very ill
    in hospital, I still can’t believe you have gone.
    You will never be forgotten.
    R. I. P

  10. Daz I am gutted after just finding out about this, my thoughts & love are with and your family, you as you were was alway’s a great guy from when we first knew each other from when you worked at the chalet and I met Annette :) you looked after our home whilst we went on holiday & then went on to rent my flat that I was not using, You were a special guy Dazz & cannot believe that I seen you recently the same old happy self :) I am still trying to come to terms with my oldest son Andy suffering the same as you at 39 yrs old, I hope you both meet up in heaven and share the same friendship we had, one thing is sure I will be coming and you two better get the kettle on for my coffee! Love Geoff & Dad xx


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