Robert J. “Bob” Breen (December 12, 1947 - May 12, 2023)

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Robert J. “Bob” Breen
  • December 12, 1947
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  • May 12, 2023

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Robert J “Bob” Breen, 75, passed away peacefully at his home in The Villages, FL on May 12, 2023, surrounded by his loving family after a brief courageous battle with cancer.

Bob was born to the late Thomas and Dorothy Breen on December 12, 1947 in Dorchester MA.

Growing up in Dorchester, one of eight children, Bob graduated from South Boston High School and went on to work for the MBTA holding various positions before retiring in 2011.

A resident of Holbrook MA from 1978-2019, Bob  was involved in the community as a frequent participant in various activities from coaching town league softball to being a proud town meeting member. Bob was a very active participant in all aspects of his daughters’ lives as they were growing up in Holbrook. He thoroughly enjoyed coaching them in all their different sports. Bob moved to the Villages FL in 2019 and enjoyed every minute of it! Whether playing a round of golf with his buddies, lounging by the pool or dancing in the square, Bob was always found with a smile on his face. Bob left a lasting impression on everyone he met and couldn’t seem to leave the house without running into an old friend or making a new one.

Predeceased by his beloved brothers Richard and Thomas Breen and his loving sister Janice Robinson.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 47 years Maryanne (Scanlan), daughters Julie Dupont (Jason) of Peabody MA, Erin Basmaji (Chris) of Merrimack NH, and Amy Davis  (Jason) of Westminster CO  grandchildren Aiden and Colleen Dupont, Olivia, Parker, and Nolan Basmaji, siblings Michael Breen (Kathy) of Plymouth MA, Leo Breen (Mary) of Manomet MA, James Breen of Weymouth MA and Peter Breen of Las Vegas NV. Bob is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends.

Bob insisted that he be celebrated, not mourned, by those who knew and loved him.

In that spirit, his life will be celebrated at The Savannah Center 1575 Buena Vista Blvd on Saturday June 3 2023 from 5-8 PM. Friends, please feel free to come and share a fond memory or funny story about Bob. There will be another Celebration of Life for Bob’s family and friends up North on Saturday July 29th from 5-9PM at the McKeon Post 4 Hilltop St Boston MA. Family and Friends are respectively invited to come celebrate Bob with a fond memory or funny story and by wearing his favorite color blue.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the cholangiocarcinoma foundation, www.cholangiocarcinoma.org.  Arrangements entrusted with BALDWIN BROTHERS Funeral & Cremation Society-Spanish Springs, 352-430-1449.  Sentiments are encouraged at www.baldwincremation.com.


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  1. Robert Joseph Hunt says:
    18 Jun 2024
    To the Robert J. Breen family. I just read about my good friend in the Milestones magazine. I am shocked and saddened to hear of Bob's passing. Bob was an exemplary President for our Union also. Very Sincerely. Bob Hunt

  2. Rob Benton says:
    19 Mar 2024
    I dated Erin in High School and Mr Breen was such an amazing guy. He was incredibly loving and friendly towards me and all these years later I’ve still thought about him and the Breen family. I was sad to discover he had passed away and wanted to just leave a few kind words and my condolences to all who loved this great man. ❤️Rob Benton -

  3. Pat Connolly says:
    10 Jun 2023
    Maryanne and family
    Sorry to hear about Bobbie.
    We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers!
    Pat Connolly and family

  4. barbara demilt says:
    05 Jun 2023
    Maryann and family so sorry for your loss please

  5. barbara demilt lit a candle:
    05 Jun 2023
    Lit since June 5, 2023 at 6:52:53 PM

  6. Diane & Chuck Hoyt posted an image:
    31 May 2023
    We love you Bob.  We will miss you so much. we had so much more things to do here in The Villiages <br />
Maryanne we are here for you ❤️
    We love you Bob. We will miss you so much. we had so much more things to do here in The Villiages
    Maryanne we are here for you ❤️

  7. Robert Vaughan says:
    24 May 2023
    It was a great pleasure to have been a friend and co-worker for over 40 years. We enjoyed many rounds of golf and meals together and Bob was never at a loss for words, May he rest in peace.

  8. Peter Cain says:
    20 May 2023
    Dear Maryanne, Julie, Erin, and Amy, sending you loving thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. Bob was a great guy and a wonderful neighbor. He will be remembered for his devotion to his family, his service to the Town of Holbrook, and his friendliness to all he met.
    Love,
    Peter and Ginny

  9. Maryanne Breen posted an image:
    19 May 2023
    O solo Mio
    O solo Mio

  10. Maryanne Breen posted an image:
    19 May 2023
    Pizza party
    Pizza party

  11. Diane and John posted an image:
    18 May 2023
    Friends at our wedding
    Friends at our wedding

  12. Diane & John posted an image:
    18 May 2023
    Hanging with friends
    Hanging with friends

  13. Carolina Faricelli says:
    18 May 2023
    MaryAnn. I am so sorry to hear of your loss! Bob was always smiling and having fun in all your posts. I am sure he will be missed.
    Carolina Cocuzzo Faricelli

  14. Barbara Dickie says:
    18 May 2023
    Julie, Maryanne & family:

    So sorry to hear of Mr. Breen's passing.
    May he rest in peace.

  15. Mary Dublin says:
    18 May 2023
    Dear Maryann, I am so sorry . Your Bob seemed like a wonderful husband and father, a lovely, fun loving guy.
    You and your family are in my thoughts.

  16. Bzny says:
    18 May 2023
    Hugs and kisses ❤️and our thoughts & Prayers to all of you ,in this difficult time. He will be missed for sure. Keep smiling and make him happy in Heaven

  17. Bzny says:
    18 May 2023
    All our thoughts and prayers are with you Maryanne
    & all the Family ❤️ hugs& kisses ❤️ Jan & Kenny Oneill

  18. Jan O’Neill says:
    18 May 2023
    Our thoughts and Prayers are with you Maryanne & loving Family . His nice smile and friendly personality will never be forgotten. Hugs and kisses ❤️ our condolences The Oneills

  19. Gerard Scanlan says:
    17 May 2023
    I know Bob wants us to celebrate his life and we will. However my heart is heavy for the great loss my sister and nieces have suffered. Rest in peace Bob. It was an honor to be part of your family.

  20. Ruth ann Furze says:
    17 May 2023
    Maryann There are no words. Thinking of you and your family.

  21. Lisa GHIKA says:
    17 May 2023
    Maryann, Julie, Erin, and Amy! I am just so sorry for your loss, pain, and disbelief! You all know we think the world of your Dad, and all of you! Our hearts are so heavy along with yours......we will celebrate his life to the fullest....I am looking forward to being able to hug each of you....in the near future! Rest in Peace, Uncle Bobby, we love you!

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