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Memorial Gift for James Joseph McBreen

James Joseph McBreen
November 1st, 1965 – April 12th, 2020

If you knew James, you know that while he presented himself as a big strong tough guy, he had the biggest heart. He loved his family and friends beyond measure. He loved his parents, Ronnie and Terry, with all of his heart. As the oldest of six, he always tried to take care of all of his siblings, even though, for the most part, they aren’t too much younger than him. When his daughter, Mara, was born, his happiness was indescribable. As she has grown, he became prouder of her and her accomplishments by the day. Meeting his wife, Margaret, brought something out in him that those close to him noticed immediately. They share a great love. She also brought her children, Erin and Frankie, into his life, which he was overjoyed about. His family was extended to include the Bennett family including his wonderful mother and father – in – law. If you were a friend of James’s, you were also blessed to truly hold a piece of his heart.

Second to his family and friends, was his lifelong career as an operating engineer in Local 14. He took so much pride in what he did and being able to share the same career as his father, brothers, and two of his brother-in-laws. When he wasn’t working or just spending time with his family, James’s favorite place to be was out on the water. Spending summers in the Hamptons with his family and friends led to his love of boats, fishing, and the water. When out there, you knew you could find him on a boat somewhere. Whether he was out on a big fishing trip or just hanging around on the bay with family and friends, this was truly his happy place. He enjoyed so many days on the boat and many fishing-based vacations to various places with his brothers and great friends.

James was also so intrigued by ocean life itself, specifically sharks, and more specifically Great White sharks. When he learned of OCEARCH and the work they were doing studying sharks, it peaked his interest. This interest was shared by many of his family members. That is why we thought that this would be the perfect way to honor him. He would have loved it.

James was taken from us far too soon. We can only take comfort in knowing that he is in a better place with his mother, Ronnie, and his mother-in-law, Janice. Just as he wanted to take care of everyone while he was here with us, he is now watching over us from above.
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Wildlife Collections, LLC donated $763.15 on 9/1/2020
Wildlife Collections, LLC donated $295.17 on 7/31/2020
Wildlife Collections, LLC - May 2020 Donation
BEAK COSENZA donated $35 on 7/11/2020
I'm sorry to hear of James' passing great man and loving father and family man, God Bless !
Tommy & Donna Raleigh donated $150 on 7/4/2020
Thinking of you all during this time. James could light up a room with that smile of his. His memory will last forever. God Bless. RIP James
dennis bracken donated $125 on 6/13/2020
God bless all of you,I am so sorry for your loss.James was simply put the BEST!Love to all!
Jimmy & Nicole O'Brien donated $100 on 6/5/2020
ConnollyClan donated $500 on 5/25/2020
Will always remember the GREAT times we had together. He did enjoy those times beyond belief with his family and friends.
Paul and Debbie Rosen donated $35 on 5/14/2020
We will never forget him!!! ❤️
Catherine Sweeney donated $50 on 5/13/2020
This is a great way to honor James who will never be forgotten and always in our hearts. He is now with Ronnie and may both rest in peace.
Carolyn & Damien Mooney donated $20 on 5/12/2020
Barbara Lemen donated $100 on 5/11/2020
What a great cause!! James certainly had a full life, big heart and love for his family. Prayers and strength to you all!
Joseph Papalia donated $20 on 5/11/2020
My sincerest condolences to his family.
Doug Libby, Sacred Heart Catholic Academy donated $20 on 5/8/2020
Buchner Family donated $50 on 5/7/2020
Oceanside Friends donated $500 on 5/5/2020
James love for the Ocean and sea life was undeniable! I love and miss you so! Always your Marg!