James Joseph Breen, 88, of Mashpee, passed away at home on July 27, 2018 after a brief illness. He was the son of the late James J. Breen and Gertrude M. (Casey) Breen of Newton, MA. Jim was the husband of the late Joan Breen for the last 23 years and the late Barbara Breen for 33 years.
Jim is survived by his four children, Patti Anewalt and husband Tom of Reading, PA, Pam Breen of Manchester, NH, Jamie Breen and wife Liza Breen of Concord, NH, and Michael Breen and wife Susan Breen of Cumberland, RI. After Barbara’s death, Jim married Joan (Flynn) Breen and became stepfather to her six sons, Tom and Carroll Flynn of Roswell, GA, Brian and MaryAnne Flynn of Southborough, MA, Kevin and Kelly Flynn of Saugus, MA, Dan and Michelle Flynn of Grafton, MA, Rob and Amy Flynn of Windsor, CT, and Rick and Blair Flynn of Glen Allen, VA. Jim leaves behind ten children, twenty-three grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.
The third of eight children, Jim is survived by his three sisters and two brothers, Gert Alfredson of Auburndale, MA, Helen Litchfield of Bedford, MA, Margie Knuuti of Searsport, ME, John and Charlotte Breen of Framingham, MA, and Bob and Betty Breen of North Falmouth, MA.
Born in Newton, MA on the eve of the Great Depression, Jim graduated from Newton High School in 1947. He was drafted during the Korean War and spent three years in the Army. He served in Korea and was awarded an honorable discharge with the rank of First Lieutenant. Jim spent the next 46 years in the printing industry. He started his career in various production jobs, then spent the next thirty years in sales before moving into management where he served as president and purchased the company.
Upon retiring, Jim settled in Sarasota, FL in 1999 and Mashpee, MA in 2003. His passions in life were his family, extensive travel, and his grand and great-grandchildren. He never stopped learning or sharing what he learned with others. Jim had an insatiable appetite for knowledge of places around the world and diverse cultures. He valued people over possessions and was kind, magnanimous, and generous in spirit and time.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, www.jdrf.org or the United Spinal Association of Greater Boston, www.sciboston.com.
A visitation will be held at the Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home at 74 Algonquin Ave. (Rte 151) in Mashpee on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Christ the King Church at 3 Job’s Fishing Rd. in Mashpee on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 10:00am. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Falmouth.