David M. Breslin
MONMOUTH, NJ- David Michael Breslin, 87, died January 13 at Monmouth Medical Center. He was a 66-year resident of Wanamassa, NJ, the virtual bedrock of community and country.
Mr. Breslin was born in Monmouth Beach on September 6, 1932, to Harry and Catherine (Callahan) Breslin. He rose from humble beginnings in Bradley Beach. Those difficult times impressed on him the significance of helping the less fortunate. He was a devout Irish Catholic who embraced personal integrity, honesty, patriotism, and strong family values. And yet, this was the same ecumenically-minded man who found a Lakewood rabbi to marry his daughter and son-in-law on a Palm Sunday in 1987.
Following graduation from Asbury Park High School in 1951 he enlisted in the US Navy and was trained as a radioman, serving on 6th Fleet destroyers and tenders in the Mediterranean. Four years of sea duty concluded on the USS Yellowstone where his commanding officer cited him as a seaman of “high integrity” with the “highest morals and character.” Indeed, these were the hallmarks of Mr. Breslin’s life.
In 1954 began a 62-year romance and marriage to Mary Alice Breslin (Megill) who preceded him in death in 2017. They made Italy their honeymoon destination on several occasions.
Mr. Breslin began a 32-year career at Fort Monmouth, during which time he attended evening school, receiving his BA degree in 1963 from Monmouth College (now Monmouth University). The US Army promoted him to the position of comptroller at the Satellite Communications Agency, a forerunner to NASA. Mr. Breslin was a frequent advisor, meeting with many military and congressional officials at the Pentagon, addressing relevant financial matters that had global consequences.
Mr. Breslin’s affable personality drew attention in many social settings. He eschewed country clubs in favor of great gathering places such as Jimmy’s, Pete and Elda’s, and Rooney’s.
His daughter was the apple of his eye and his grandson was a beacon of pride and joy.
Mr. Breslin left behind a daughter, Kathleen (“Kate”) Breslin Teitel and son-in-law Jeffrey H. Teitel, of East Dover, VT; son David Paul Breslin, of Arkansas; a grandson, David Steven Breslin and his wife Ashley Evans, of San Francisco; former daughter-in-law Karen Sullivan and her husband Jack Sullivan, of Middletown; niece Susan Black, of St. Petersburg, FL; and his devoted aide and friend Gurbhej Sandhu, along with her extended family, of Eatontown.
A memorial service will be held on February 4 at the Ely Funeral Home, 3316 NJ-33, Neptune City, from 1 to 3 pm. Contributions can be made to the St. Jude Hospital in David Breslin’s name.