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Robert Arthur Brine 1930-2021


Robert Arthur Brine was born Oct. 16, 1930, in Edmonds to parents Wilson and Mae Brine, joining two older sisters, Merilyn and Vernice. He passed away on Dec. 1, 2021, at age 91.

Bob graduated from Edmonds High in 1948. He served in the Air Force as a Special Agent in OSI (Office of Special Investigations) during the Korean War.

Following service, he returned to the UW and earned an MBA. He became a CPA, and worked in financial management positions at UW, and for 12 years at TransAmerica Title Insurance Co.

He later founded and chaired Charter Title Agency, and had operations in eight counties in western Washington. At age 70, he sold the company and retired.

Before and during retirement, he volunteered on several boards: CCFA (Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America; held national president and chair positions); PNRI (Pacific Northwest Research Institute, held chair position); Seattle Chamber of Commerce; Horizon House of Seattle; Stevens Memorial Hospital Foundation; and WA Land Title Assoc.

During his time in the Air Force, he met and married Claire Schubert, from Illinois. Bob and Claire enjoyed travel, with Maui being a favorite. They also enjoyed a good amount of time at their vacation home on Whidbey Island.

Bob is survived by Claire, his beloved wife of 68 years; children Lynn (Rolan) Shomber, Diana Barhanovich, and Russell Brine; grandchildren, Nathan Shomber, Kristen (Paul) Groenewold, Amelia Barhanovich, Anna (Evan) Chalker, and David (Josie) Barhanovich; and two great-grandsons, Wesley and Titus.

He will be missed by family and numerous friends. Family expresses thanks to Virginia Mason medical staff for outstanding care.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.