OBITUARY

Pat Breen

Passed away on July 4, 2018

Margaret Patricia Breen and her beloved husband, Daniel A. Breen, Jr., were reunited on the 4th of July 2018. Pat lived to the fullest with family, friendships and a dedication to the city of Houston where she has resided for nearly fifty years. Born in New York, to the late Margaret Ann and John B. McCloskey, Pat grew up mostly in Dublin, Ireland, where her father, a prominent lawyer for the Catholic Church, was based. She attended the Academy of Sacred Heart. Pat spent her college years studying at the University College of Dublin, the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and graduated from Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart in Purchase, New York. After college Pat pursued a modeling career in New York City. Pat and Dan met in Manhattan and after a year long courtship they were married at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Pat’s parents raised her to be graceful, charming and to have good taste. In short, to be a lady. She was authentic, very natural, social, loved people and they in turn responded to her modern elegance. Pat had a passion for life and enjoyment in those she met and rarely failed to charm upon meeting. She was known by many for her quick and infectious smile, seemingly boundless energy, and her love of life and people.

Pat was a devout Catholic, and with nature taking its course, Pat was at home busy raising her boys. Pat and Dan didn’t set out to have a large family, nor did they necessarily want all boys. Pat may have secretly wanted girls but what was most important were healthy children who would grow up to be happy. She dedicated her life to her six boys. She supported them in all aspects of their lives and constantly sacrificed everything for the development of each child imbuing them with certain values. Pat talked to them about character and kindness and treating all people with respect. She infamously became known as “Pat and her six boys.”

In a pivotal development in Dan’s professional life, the family moved to Houston. Pat loved her new city and the people. As her boys grew into adulthood, Pat became more committed to serving Houston. Pat pursued her own interests in cultural activities and philanthropy. She enjoyed a rich volunteer life, with board activities that included serving many years as a Trustee, Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the Houston Grand Opera as well as head of Special Events and Board Member of the Houston Ballet Foundation. Pat’s love of opera and ballet began when she was a child. In areas of medicine, she served as a Board Member of The University of Texas Health Science Center, Board Member of the University of The Texas Partners School of Nursing, longtime Board Member of The Gathering Place as well as chairing a gala for The Brookwood Community.

Through the years, Pat has chaired the Houston Grand Opera Ball, the Houston Ballet Ball and numerous fashion shows, luncheons and dinner evenings. She was a board member for The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts and chaired the opening of the Center. Pat received accolades as an honoree of Crohn’s and Colitis Women of Distinction Winter Ball and was honored with the Queen of the Nile award in 2015. Pat served as a past co-chair and a Hall of Fame Inductee for Best Dressed Luncheon benefitting the March of Dimes. A charming dinner partner and a gracious woman possessing a strong sense of community responsibility, Pat was equally comfortable at a HGO board meeting or on the tennis courts, driving carpool, watching sporting events or simply relaxing at home with her grandchildren. Pat’s greatest joy were her six sons and nine grandchildren.

In order for Pat and Dan to stay connected to their New York roots, they vacationed annually in East Hampton, NY, which became the family gathering place where many great memories were made. Pat loved playing tennis, visiting old and new friends and being surrounded by family.

She was a member of the Houston Country Club; Maidstone Club, East Hampton, New York; Colony Club, New York, New York; Lyford Cay Club, Nassau, Bahamas.

Left to mourn Pat’s passing are her sons Daniel Breen III and children Diandra and Daniel IV; John Breen and wife Zoe and their sons Jack and Dashiell; Thomas Breen and wife Chesie and their daughters Virginia, Eliza and Margaret; Brian Breen; Patrick Breen and wife Erin and son Declan; and Michael Breen and wife Erin and son Andrew.

Survivors also include her sister Jackie Donovan; niece Danielle and husband Richard McHugh; niece Amanda Donovan; brother-in-law Michael Breen; sister-in-law Nancy Creel and husband Walter; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Sara Rodriguez, Vicente Rodriguez and Pete Nathaniel for their lifelong commitment of service to Pat and Dan.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o’clock in the afternoon until seven o’clock in the evening on Monday, the 9th of July, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where a recitation of the holy rosary is to commence at seven o’clock.

A Mass of Christian Burial is to be offered at ten o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, the 10th of July, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Road in Houston, celebrated by Rev. Al Sinasac, C.S.B., Pastor.

Interment is to follow, via an escorted cortège, at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.

Honored to serve as pallbearers during the services are Lewis Brazelton, Ernest Cockrell, Richard McHugh, Anthony Petrello, Thomas Reckling III and Ross Shaw. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Michael Breen, James Cravens, Jr., James Crownover, Harry Cullen, the Honorable Charles Duncan, John Duncan, George Farris, Gerald Hines, Dr. Walter McReynolds, Carl Menges, Dee Osborne, Risher Randall and Wallace Wilson.

Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception at a venue to be announced during the services.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions be directed to Houston Grand Opera, 501 Preston St., Houston, TX, 77002, Attn.: Finance Dept.; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX, 77005, Attn.: Valerie Greiner; St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX, 77098, Attn.: Paulette Gordon; Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, 8900 Bellaire Boulevard, Houston, TX, 77036, Attn.: N.J. Santarcangelo.

Pat gave her life to being a mother to her six boys - and what a mother she was. Patsy, we will keep your memory alive forever.

Services

  • Visitation with the Family Monday, July 9, 2018
  • Recitation of the Holy Rosary Monday, July 9, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial and Rite of Committal Tuesday, July 10, 2018
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Lois Avalos

July 9, 2018

Robin Angly

July 7, 2018

Pat was a lovely person who I was proud to know as a Board member of HGO
My lasting memory will be the lovely dinner she threw for the Board Members to Honor Jim Crownover as retiring Board President
I left my raincoat by mistake and we had the loveliest conversation about the opera and life in general
I never dreamed this would be my last conversation with her
Pat you will be missed

Michelle Beale

July 7, 2018

Pat was a lovely lady and an asset to Houston. She will be greatly missed.

Penne Stafford

July 7, 2018

My deepest condolences to your family. My son, Wilson, considers Michael one of his closest friends, and has often expressed how warm, kind and hospitable his mother, Pat, was every time he was in her presence. He said she was always smiling. I wish I had had the pleasure of knowing her. I know she will be missed by everyone who benefited from her charitable kindnesses.