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Joseph W. "Papa Joe" Breen

May 8, 1939 ~ May 3, 2019 (age 79)

Joseph W. “Papa Joe” Breen, 79, of Manchester, loving husband of 58 years to Lorraine (Adinolfi) Breen passed away peacefully, Friday, May 3, 2019 at home with his family by his side. Joe was born in Hartford on May 8, 1939, one of six children to the late Louis and Elizabeth (Brennan) Breen.

Joe grew up and attended schooling in Hartford before moving to Manchester with his wife where they have resided since. Joe was a truck driver for over 25 years with the Coca Cola Company. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and could be found outside whenever he could get the chance. Some of his favorite outdoor activities included fishing and camping. Joe’s “home away from home” was Roaring Brook Camp Ground in Stafford Springs. His family was very important to him. Joe was always working and doing whatever he could to support his family. He will be missed very much.

In addition to his wife Lorraine, Joe was survived by his three children; Pam Barnett and her husband Don of Manchester, Brian Breen and his wife Rachel of East Hartford and Doreen Barnett and her husband Peter of Manchester, 11 grandchildren and his loving great-grandchildren; J.T., Matt, Austin, Lila, Skyla, Owen, Aubrey and Cole, as well as many in-laws, nieces and nephews. A very special thank you to the ECHN Visiting Nurses in Vernon for their continued support and assistance throughout this difficult time.

A time of visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. at Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donation in his name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 200 Executive Blvd., Southington, CT 06489-1058. To leave an online message of condolence for his family, please visit

Donations may be made to:

Alzheimer's Association
200 Executive Blvd, Southington CT 06489
Tel: 1-860-828-2828
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