Thomas Edward Breen

June 24, 1932November 23, 2012
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Thomas E. Breen, 80, passed away Friday, November 23, 2012 at his home. A native of Nashville, he graduated from Fr. Ryan high School and Vanderbilt University. Was employed with the Group Dept. of Travelers Insurance for over 32 years, was manager of the Memphis office from 1965 until consolidations with Nashville until 1988. He has been an Agent / Broker with McDonnell Insurance, Inc. for over 20 years.

Married to Jean Eckhardt Breen for 56 years, father to Tom Breen Jr (Rebecca), Patricia A. Breen, Colleen Breen Flynn (Edgar), Mary Breen Smith (Dave), Philip E. Breen (Stefani); five grandchildren, Trey and Justin Breen, TJ, Amanda and John Flynn and two great-grandchildren. Other survivors, in Nashville include brothers Hugh M Breen (Mary), Rev. Joseph P. Breen, Rev. Philip M. Breen, sisters Ann B. Treadway, Mary Jo Beavin and Dorothy B. Williams (Wallace) of Birmingham and Sister-in-laws Betty Scott Breen and Barbara Kincaid Breen. Also 25 nieces and nephews and 35 great nieces and nephews. Pre-deceased by parents Paul Breen and Anna Marie Nenon, also brothers Paul Jr. and Lt. Col. William J. Breen.

He was a proud Army Veteran of the Korean War, serving 17 months in Korea 1953-1954. A member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church for 46+ years, his five children all graduated from the elementary school.

Tom was very active in Catholic organizations, past Presidents of Holy Rosary Parish Council, Holy Rosary School Board, East Memphis Catholic Club, Serra Club of Memphis and Catholic Charities Board Of Directors. He is an Honorary 50-plus year Life member of Knights Of Columbus, serving most positions of Council # 4312. Also served five years on Birthright Board Of Directors and 18 years on the St. Peter Picnic Committee. Was Picnic Chairman in 1981. Also Initial President of Balmoral Civic Association. He was very proud of being selected for President George H. W. Bush "1000 Points Of Life Community Award" and the "Bishop Carroll T. Dozier Service Award" in 1991. Also, the Holy Rosary Hall Of Fame Award in 2000.

Visitation services will be held at Holy Rosary Church on Sunday, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., the funeral Mass on Monday, 11:00 a.m. also at Holy Rosary. Burial in Memorial Park. Any memorials can be sent to Holy Rosary Capital Campaign, Birthright Of Memphis, Serra Club Seminarian Fund, or the donor's favorite charity.


  • Visitation Sunday, November 25, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 26, 2012

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Patsy Mogan

December 18, 2012

We are praying and thinking of you daily for your great loss. We thought so much of Tom and Jean I feel your pain. Tom is in eternal happiness. Pat Mogan and daughters

Jim Martin

December 2, 2012

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Tom. I have so many fond memories of the years that we lived nextdoor. Tom was always such a true gentleman, with a glowing smile on his face. He was so thoughtful and kind to call me five years ago when my mother passed away. I have placed a memorial poinsettia in his honor on the altar of St. Jude Catholic Church here in Chattanooga, where Philip was priest years ago.

Shelley Savage

November 30, 2012

Sending warm thoughts and prayers to the entire Breen family.

Jenny Hetzler-Crawford

November 30, 2012

Dear Breen Family, I am so sorry for your loss and hope that all of you are doing Ok. I knew Mr. Breen back in Balmoral when Tom, Trish and I would play with each other. He was always one of the ones who had kind words and good advice for us little ones. He also taught us how to kick a football, which we did on numerous occassions in his backyard. Much to his chagrin. It has been 40 plus years since that time and I had the good fortune to see him again when we brought Mom home to Memphis when she passed away over 12 years ago. He was there with Mrs. Breen at the grave side service and was a rock then. I cannot forget what a kind and gentle man he was (even when he was disiplining us). I will pray for each of you and him as well. He always did do things his way and I guess he did that up until the end.

My love and prayers are with all of you.

November 29, 2012

Dear Jean, and all the Breen family and extended family,
What a loss to you, all your family and all those whose lives Tom touched--so thankful our family could call him our friend. He will be forever missed. Our deepest sympathy to each of you, Elaine and family

November 29, 2012

Dear Ms. Jean, Tom, Trish and family,
Mr. Breen was just the loveliest person, always had a smile, and so quick to have a kind word. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope the memories of a wonderful life sustain you. Fondly, Susan D. Vescovo (Depperschmidt)

Dr. Robert Christopher

November 29, 2012

Dear Jean and family: Doreen and I send our deepest sympathies and prayers to you on the passing of Tom. I worked with Tom for over 30 years on projects with the Serra Club, the Knights of Columbus and the East Memphis Catholic Club. He was always contributing with his intelligence, his organizational skills and his wonderful outgoing personality. I don't think Tom ever met anyone he didn't like. We have fond memories of the great Christmas parties at your home over the years. Doreen and i will have Masses said for Tom here in Florida although I am sure he is already in heaven. He did so much for so many people over the years in Memphis and he will truly be missed.

Rita DeMario

November 28, 2012

May the Breen's family find peace and love among their friends, neighbors and families. We are sorry for your loss. Rita and Mark DeMario, UPUCC Raleigh, NC

bob martin

November 28, 2012

Trish and the breen family, although i didnt know your dad i have heard some great stories from trish. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.


November 27, 2012

Tommy and I ran together when we were teenagers in high school. I double dated with he and Jean on several occasions. Bill, Tommy's brother, would lend Tom his yellow Chevy convertible and we went about town in style. I and Ruth's prayers go out to Jean and the family. He was a good friend and we know he is with the Lord. Murray "Nick" Nicholson, Jr.