Edward Robert Brault

Edward Robert Brault

Aug. 1928 – May 2019

Edward Robert Brault was born in Boston, MA in August of 1928.  The family moved to Lynn, MA where he attended school.  In his senior year of high school, Ed worked part-time for General Electric.  He graduated from high school at age 16 in the year World War II ended (1945).  At age 18, Ed moved to a small town near Montreal, Canada, and learned to tune and repair pianos.  He also learned to speak fluent French.  He was drafted into the Marine Corps in 1952.  In 1954, he entered Boston University where he earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.

He taught for one year in Lincoln, New Hampshire, then moved to California where he was hired to teach French at Burlingame High School.  In 1963, Ed was hired by John Pitman to teach French at Turlock High School, where he remained until retirement in 1986.  He then spent approximately 10 years teaching ESL for the Turlock Adult School.  Ed had at least four loves — traditional architecture, photography, nature and music, especially classical.  He made two trips to Europe, spending most of two summers in Italy and France.

Ed wrote several textbooks on English, French, and Spanish.  He played both organ and piano, and was an organist during his two years in the Marine Corps.  Ed was the twelfth of fourteen babies in his family.  Eleven survived birth.  Ed passed away on May 16, 2019.

A Military Honors Service is planned at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery at 10:30 am on Monday, June 17, 2019.  Ed is remembered fondly by his friends at the Sunshine Donut Shop.

Please share your fond memories at www.AllenMortuary.com.


  • Ron Hillberg June 7, 2019 8:13 pm

    I will always remember that Ed also liked rock music and told us that Light My Fire by the Doors was the greatest piece of music ever written.

  • Charnan Kenst June 9, 2019 12:31 am

    Loved Mr Brault. He introduced me to Piaf for which I am eternally grateful. Lovely person.

  • George Nunes June 9, 2019 2:51 pm

    Mr. Brault opened our eyes and ears to a world outside Turlock.

  • Bruce Parker June 9, 2019 4:21 pm

    How I wish I could tell Mr. Brault how much he enriched my life, I studied French with him all four years at THS and went on to study four more years after. He told me my accent was Parisian, and in four trips to France I’ve used what he taught me with pleasure and pride. This summer I am attending a class at the Sorbonne and I’m taking the class in French! I shared so many of his interests and still do. I didn’t know he was a Marine and I salute that service as well as everything he did for so many THS students over the years.

  • Dorinda Soiseth June 9, 2019 5:28 pm

    Mr. Brault was one of my favorite teachers at THS. I took his French class for two years and still have fond memories of this time. Tu connu francais?

  • Dixie Olsen June 13, 2019 12:55 am

    Thank you Mr Brault. Besides being a great teacher you were a wonderful human being. What a fine man.

  • tommy cabral June 15, 2019 5:45 pm

    thanks to you, your family for sharing you mr brault for all those years at THS,,, too many fun, interesting things you opened my country brain to,,,

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