Robert Joseph Breslin died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He was 86 years of age.
Bob Breslin cut a fine figure on his long walks around Garden City with his wife Betty. Very tall and wiry, with his bright white fringe, they left Wyndham West (where they were original owners) waving constantly as they made their daily "rounds."
Bob went to Brooklyn Prep and the young usher at Ebbets Field had moved on to Fordham University when his ROTC unit was called up in 1942. He quite suddenly grew to manhood in hand-to-hand combat in the jungles of New Guinea and the Philippines during WWII.
He left Brooklyn after the Dodgers left him and moved all the way "out on the Island," raising his family in Manhasset, and in turn watched them raise their families from his new Garden City home. He and Betty were fixtures at mass in St. Joseph's and the faith that was with him in battle was present at the end of his life.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Elizabeth O'Brien Breslin; his children, Mary Elizabeth Mathers (Allen) of Garden City, Robert Jr. (Dana) of Wallingford, PA, Edward (Kathleen) of Plandome Heights and William Breslin (Elizabeth) of Garden City; grandchildren, Christina Roberts (Jason), Matthew (Jill), Sarah and Amanda Mathers, Kathleen, Michael, Kate, Christopher, Maggie and Mary Kate Breslin; great- grandchildren, Ava and Matthew Roberts; and will meet his daughter, Sally Breslin, who went on before him in 2007.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered by Rev. Msgr. Douglas Mathers, concelebrated by Rev. Thomas Coogan (whose own parents were bridesmaid and usher at Betty and Bob's wedding) at St. Joseph's RC Church, Garden City, with interment at Holy Rood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, his family requests a memorial donation in his and Sally's name to Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY 11501, specifying use in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit.