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“Kim & Scott I am sorry sorry for your loss. My praises are with you and your familys. God bless and best wishes.Jonathan Jarvis ”
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William "Bill" Francis Breen, of Vernon, died March 1, 2016, surrounded by his family, of complications from pneumonia and diabetes. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, Katherine "Kathy" (Tantillo) Breen, who died less than three weeks earlier. Bill was a survivor in life and fought through several illnesses. He was born with tuberculosis and spent much of his childhood in a TB sanatorium for children. He fought complications from Type 1 diabetes, survived prostate cancer and in recent years battled Alzheimer's disease. Kathy was his devoted caregiver, and after she died unexpectedly on Valentine's Day, he was able to stop fighting. Bill was born April 22, 1943, in Manchester. He graduated from Manchester High School and Manchester Community College. Bill and Kathy were married in 1970 and moved to Vernon in 1973. Bill was a quiet man and a devoted husband and father. He was proud of his Irish heritage and was a baseball fanatic. He grew up as a Dodgers fan, but when the team moved west, he switched his allegiance to the Red Sox. Unfortunately for Bill, he married into an Italian family from the Bronx with deep ties to the Yankees, but he never lost the faith and lived to see his Red Sox finally win the World Series. Bill worked for Pratt & Whitney for 36 years as an accountant and loved his job. He had a tremendous work ethic, as well as a fierce loyalty to his family, both traits he passed along to his two children, Scott Breen of Endicott, N.Y., and Kim Breen of Dallas, Texas. He is survived by them and their spouses, Dianne (Gagner) Breen and Eric Aasen, as well as six beloved grandchildren: Megan, Sarah, Caroline and Joseph Breen and Claire and Matthew Aasen. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Francis and Agnes (Dunn) Breen, and his sister and her husband, Nancy and Art Jarvis. A special thanks to the staff at St. Francis Hospital, who were extremely caring and supportive of Bill and his family through his two very difficult hospital stays in his final weeks. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at St. Joseph Church, 33 West Street, Rockville. Interment will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery, Rockville. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to JDRF, a charity that supports Type 1 Diabetes research, at or (800) 533-2873. For online condolences and guest book, please visit