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Laurie Gerard Breen


Laurie Gerard Breen

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Breen, Laurie Gerard, age 65, of St. Joseph’s passed away in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital on November 17, 2020.

Born in Antigonish, he was the son of the late Eugene and Ona (Lively) Breen. 

Laurie met the love of his life and best friend Mary in 1974.  Laurie had many interests, week-end drives with his wife, listening to country music, while sharing the many sceneries of places he worked. He loved life and chatting with friends and family helping them with whatever they needed. Laurie had a passion for classic cars, he and Mary eventually purchased their own dream car- a 1967 Chevelle SS. He enjoyed taking the car for drives.  His most recent adventure was to Peggy’s Cove. He loved nature and watching nature shows. Laurie was well known for being a savvy businessman and incredibly hard worker which contributed to his success when owning and operating L. Breen’s Forestry. Laurie loved the woods and enjoyed operating various types of machinery. Laurie had a special bond with all his children and grand children. He loved sharing stories with his oldest daughter Shelly and bonding over their love of life. He passed down to her his quick, sharp-witted ways. He passed down his knowledge to his sons Corey and Jeffrey which was everything he knew about racing and mechanic work. They spent a lot of time in the garage and they enjoyed 19 years of racing at the track together. Tracey, his youngest daughter shared his knowledge on tools, cars, horses, and budgeting money. Laurie made Tracey’s dreams come true and built a pasture and a barn for her horses. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He has passed that strength onto all his family. He enjoyed his time with his grandchildren, Brady, Ruth and Olivia. He looked forward to playing with them, watching them and making them laugh. He always had their best interest at heart. He was proud of his firstborn grandchild Ruth and his only grandson Brady who carries on the Breen name. Grampie and Olivia were two peas in a pod. They had unforgettable memories by going for walks, playing games, adventures to the drive-in theatre and unforgettably, saying our prayers before bed. Olivia brought the light into his life. Laurie would always say "my little angel". 

 He is survived by his wife Mary (Delorey); children: Shelly Breen (Dean Banks), Dartmouth; Corey (Pam) Breen; Jeffrey Breen and Tracey Breen all of St. Josephs (Cohen Mills) Waternish; grandchildren Ruth, Olivia and Brady; brothers:  Richard, St. Joseph’s; Pierre (Judy), James River; Glen(Kenda), Alberta. sisters: Ruby MacGillivray; Lorraine Walsh; Loretta (Bill) Macintosh all of Antigonish; Genie Stevens (Buddy Blair), Wolfville; Effie (Henry) Joosten, Ohio.  

Predeceased by a brother Kevin; brothers in law Kevin MacGillivray and Tilly Walsh.

Visitation will be in C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College Street, Antigonish on Monday  from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral Mass will be held in St. Ninian Cathedral on Tuesday at 11:00 am with Reverend Donald MacGillivray presiding.  Burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, St. Josephs.   Donations in memory may be made to the Canadian Lung Association or the N.S.Heart and Stroke foundation. Online condolences: www.

"Heaven has gained a new angel looking down upon us."


All visitors are advised to bring a mask when attending a visitation at our funeral home.  There are markings on the floor which indicate six-foot distances as well as markings that indicate 6 feet from the family.  It is important that you respect those markings, and physical contact with the family is to be avoided at all times.  The province's social distancing guidelines can be found here.

At the direction of the Province of Nova Scotia, we will not be handling Mass or donation money, though cards can be made available for you.  You will be asked to provide your name and phone number for the purposes of tracing should a case of COVID-19 be reported.

Anyone who is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or who could be considered high-risk of contracting the coronavirus should avoid attending the visitation and funeral.  The list of COVID-19 symptoms can be found here.

We thank you for your understanding in these difficult times.


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Service Date
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Service Time
11:00 am
Service Location
St. Ninian Cathedral, Antigonish

Monday, November 23, 2020
Visitation Time
2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm
Visitation Location
C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College Street, Antigonish, NS

Burial Date
November 24, 2020
Burial Location
St. Joseph's Cemetery, St. Joseph's, NS

Requested Charity
Canadian Lung Association or N.S. Heart & Stroke Foundation