Richard A. Breen
1938 - 2018
Richard A. Breen, a longtime resident of Malden, passed away on
Sunday, Aug 12th, in Boston. Richard was born in Medford in
1938, the son of Joseph and Catherine Breen. He spent most of
his childhood in Charlestown, and graduated from Charlestown
High School. Richard had a career with the Department of
Defense, first as a machinist in the Charlestown Navy Yard
through his retirement as a Defense Contracts Administrator.
In 1964, Richard married his sweetheart, Barbara Crowley, and
the two immediately settled down in Malden to raise their
family. They were active members of Sacred Hearts Church, and
together served as Eucharistic Ministers for the Church. They
shared almost 54 years of Marriage together.
Richard served for several years in the Army Reserve. He was
also active in the community, as a member of the Malden
Democratic Committee, his Ward Committee, and he served on the
Malden Board of Registrar of Voters, and recently became
involved in the Malden Community Garden program. He was also
very involved with Community Boat Building in Boston, where he
mentored children from the Boston Public Schools on math,
teamwork, and woodworking as they learned to build wooden boats.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara C. (Crowley) Breen, his
daughter Carolyn Heald and her husband Kent, his sister
Catherine Rais and her husband Frank, and his grandchildren,
Hannah, William, and Bridget, his son-in-law, Michael Beecy of
Beverly, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Richard was preceded in death by his daughter, Maureen Beecy,
and his brother, William Breen.
Funeral from the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home on
Monday, August 20th, at 9 AM followed by a Memorial Mass in
Sacred Hearts Church, Malden, at 10 AM. Committal to follow in
Holy Cross Mausoleum. Visitation will be held at the funeral
home on Sunday, August 19th, from 4 – 8 PM.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider making donations in
Richard's memory to: Community Boat Building, 21 Liberty Drive,
Boston, MA 02210.