Hugh Michael Breen

October 16, 1928June 9, 2018
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Hugh Michael Breen, age 89 passed away June 9, 2018. He was the son of Paul and Anna Marie Breen. Hugh was born in October 16, 1928 into a large Irish family, the fifth of nine siblings. Hugh is preceded in death by brothers, Paul Breen, Jr. (Betty), William, Thomas (Jean), and Rev. Philip Breen; sisters, Ann Breen Sutter Treadway (Felix), Mary Jo Breen Beavin (Forest W. Beavin); and son-in-law, Dennis Brian Lane.

Hugh is survived by his wife, Mary; his daughters, Marianna Breen Lane, Michelle Breen Jones, and Karen Marie Breen King; granddaughters, Kelly Jones, Angela Terwilliger (Cody) and Stephanie Baker (Ray); great-granddaughters, Taylor Thurman, Lyla Cwiakala-Jones, Natalie Nichols, Mia Baker and Mary Ellen Rose Baker; brother, Rev. Joseph Patrick Breen; sister, Dorothy Williams (Wallace) of Birmingham; sister-in-law, Barbara Breen; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews and friends.

Hugh was born in Nashville where he has lived all his life. He was educated at Cathedral and Christ the King Elementary Schools and Father Ryan High School, where he played and excelled at basketball and football. He attended Spring Hill College and was a 50th year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Hugh was also active at the YMCA in Green Hills.

Hugh devoted his life to his wife of 62 years and 3 loving daughters. He was also deeply committed to God and Christ the King Catholic Church where he was a founding member for over 80 years. He also served as Eucharist minister, led the rosary, ministered Eucharist to the sick, and was active in the Cursillo Movement. Hugh was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Hugh was a caring and giving man who generously donated to others.

The family is grateful for the compassionate and wonderful care of the St. Thomas Staff and health caregivers, Angela and Brenda.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 11, 2018 from 5:00-6:30 followed by the rosary at Christ the King Catholic Church 3001 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church with Rev. Joseph P. Breen celebrant, and Father Dexter Brewer and Father Joe McMann as co-celebrants.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Christ the King Tuition Assistance or Father Ryan Tuition Assistance.


  • Visitation Monday, June 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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Trish Breen

June 11, 2018

I have many fond memories of Uncle Hugh during many visits to Nashville while growing up & at the countless Breen gatherings as an adult. Uncle Hugh was a kind & authentic man who, much like my parents, enjoyed a good party/gathering with our large Breen family. And he was a wonderful cook, too! You will be missed but certainly not forgotten. Enjoy the wonderful reunion with all the Breens up in heaven!

Philip Breen

June 11, 2018

Uncle Hugh, I will never forget you, all the wonderful stories you would tell about sports and other thing being so detailed and you were totally not one to hold back your thoughts. You will be missed, love ya Phil and Stefani

Terri Graves

June 10, 2018

Dear Uncle Hugh,
Thanks for being a great uncle to me. Mom and Dad always appreciated you and Aunt Mary coming to visit them.
You were always interested in talking to me about the barges and boats with my company. You will always be in my heart. You will be truly missed.
Love, Terri

Rita Raymer

June 10, 2018

So many meories of Hugh from 1st grade at Christ the King with Karen, this man has always been a great example of one who loves his family, friends, the Lord and his church. But oh Lord that man could sit and share his opinion for hours! Of course you had to agree or it would be even longer. I treasure those moments! I feel blessed that I have known this Irishman all my life. Prayers for all the Breen clan. I love you all!!

Phil Caldwell

June 9, 2018

Uncle Hugh offered me $10 for gas money once after I had driven him to a doctors visit. I told him not to worry about it because it was t that far anyway. He shuck his fist at me and told me “take it or there’s gonna be trouble” and then gave me that smile that relieves me ! I not gonna get beat up by an 84 year old gentleman over ten dollars.
I’ll miss Uncle Hugh tremendously, he loved GOD like no one before him and taught me to do the same. God Rest your soul Uncle Hugh.