James E. Breese


James (Jim) Edward Breese, 89, of Ballston Spa, NY, passed away at home on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in the comfort and care of his loving family.

James was born on September 14, 1930 in Bradford, Pennsylvania, the son of the late George Edward Jr. and Claire Adeline (Layfield) Breese. Jim had the unique good fortune of two twenty-year career paths; with his first career as Master Chief SPCM E-9 with the US Navy and his second career as a nuclear refueling specialist with General Electric at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories in Niskayuna, New York. On June 18, 1955, he married the former Ruth Ellen Strickler in Goshen, Virginia, and together they shared a loving and devoted union of 62 years together.

Jim was an avid sportsman, an active member of the Horse Hunt Club, Hatch Brook Hunt Club, and numerous golf associations. Jim excelled at golfing, hunting, fishing, and cribbage. Jim would brighten any room he entered with his wry sense of humor, commanding presence, and his no nonsense conversation. His optimistic view of life was simply stated by him saying things were “SUPER”. It is this quality of reassurance that he will always be remembered for, along with his signature impressive handshake.

Jim is survived by his three children, Kimberly (Benjamin) Gottfried of Richfield Springs, NY; David Breese and partner Tracey Laniewski of Northville, NY; Alan (Lisa) Breese of Columbia, SC and their three daughters, Samantha, Hannah and Amanda also of Columbia, SC; a brother Richard Breese of Colorado and a sister Cordie Eddy of Bradford, PA; his special friend and neighbor Beverly Valenti; as well as several other good friends and hunting buddies.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Ruth, in December 2017.

Graveside services with military honors will be held at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on a future date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, 1201 Hardscrabble Road, Cassville, NY 13318 www.freedomguidedogs.org in memory of James Breese.

Guest Book

A friend

I will always have fond memories of Jim from working at KAPL. He was a good guy and a lot of fun.

Susan Stewart for John Roderick

John, my Dad, will miss Jim, a dear friend and hunting buddy. He enjoyed his calls with Jim in the recent years when they could not get together. Rest In Peace, Jim.

RMCS Michael Lynett USN Ret

Shipmate you stand relieved….we have the watch. Ring the Ship’s Bell: Master Chief Petty Officer Breese departing.

Karen Eddy

My heartfelt condolences to all of Jim’s family.

Molly Borden Shiflett

Breese has held a special place in my heart for many, many years. Our family always looked forward to the day he came to town, and some of my fondest memories are listening to him and my Pop (Jack Cox) tell the stories of their time in the Navy. After my Pop passed away in 2004, Breese became my "Grandpa #2," which meant the world to me. Since I've been married, Breese always asked, "When are you going to make me a Grandpa again?" I'm so happy that the last time we spoke to Breese, we were able to tell him that he was, in fact, going to be a Grandpa again to a baby girl this November.

I’m forever grateful for his humor, wit, advice, stories, and countless cribbage games. I know, for sure, that heaven is celebrating his arrival and that there was one happy sailor at the gate ready
to meet him. I’m honored to have known Breese and will cherish him in my heart forever. Thank you to your family for sharing him with us here, in Virginia, and a big thanks to Breese for being so much more than he ever needed to be for us.

Kevin Almarode

Breese (as most of us referred to him at the Horseshoe Hunt Club), was indeed a exceptional veteran, sportsman and gentleman.....

Seeing him most every year during hunting season for the past 20 years was a blessing of good times and conversation (always looked forward to). He rounded out our "crew of characters" to the fullest extent and he will be truly missed by all.

His service and friendship has/will always be appreciated, respected and now missed.....

Kevin Almarode

Lou Venditti

Jim was one of my best friends at hunting camp. His upbeat and total positive attitude were a blessing. I will miss him dearly.