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William E. Breton
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Mr. William E. Breton, 87, a resident of Applewood Community, passed away with his loved ones by his side on Thursday, August 16, 2018, at his home.

He was born in Yorkville, NY, on September 7, 1930, a son of the late William J. and Maryann Belanger Breton, and was educated locally. Bill proudly served in the US Army during the Korean War.

On December 8, 1953, William was joined in marriage to the former Marguerite Gould. Together they raised seven children and enjoyed a loving relationship for many years until Marguerite passed away on November 3, 2008.

Bill worked at Jefferson Smurfit for over 25 years. For many years during their retirement, Bill and Marguerite worked together delivering the Utica OD.

A loving father, grandfather, great and great great grandfather, Bill is survived by his loving companion, Nancy Hahn, whose devotion and care was unending; six children and their spouses, Carolyn and Earl Jones, Doris Geigel, William J. Breton, Paul T. and Doreen Breton, Deirdre and Timothy Spicer, and Patricia and Ralph Nitti; a son-in-law, Robert Martinez; twelve grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; 7 great great grandchildren; and one sister, Elaine and Bruce Longo. He was predeceased by his daughter, Sharon Martinez; two grandchildren, Paul T. Spicer and Matthew Murphy; three sisters; and many in-laws.

His funeral will be held with Military Honors on Tuesday at 9 a.m. from The Matt Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at Historic Old St. John’s Church, where Bill served at a Eucharistic Minister for many years. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., corner of Mohawk St., Utica.

The family wishes to thank Nancy Hahn, Shari Morinitti, and the staff of Hospice and Palliative Care, for all of their love and care of Bill during his illness. In Bill’s memory, please consider donations to Hospice and Palliative Care.

For directions to the funeral home, click the link above.
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Grandpa you have gone back with Gramma. And finally at peace. You maybe gone but always in my heart. You are the BEST GRANDFATHER a girl could ask for. Thank you again for raising me. I LOVE YOU FOREVER AND ALWAYS.

Written by Elaine Geigel
2018-08-17 10:50:50 PM

Dad i am going to miss bringing you communion every sunday. Dont know what i am going to do without seeing your smiling face every week. I luv and miss you so much. Until we meet again...โค๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ

Written by Deirdre Spicer
2018-08-18 12:12:03 AM

Dad i am going to miss calling you everday at 12:00 . Its not going to be the same without you. With all my love.

Written by Doris Geigel
2018-08-18 12:21:57 AM

Daddy, I have been by your side for so long that I don't know what to do now.I am so honored that you let me take care of you.I wouldn't of wanted to be anywhere else. I watched you fight like crazy and you didn't give up till your body finally couldn't go any farther. You were the best father,grandfather,husband and friend anyone could ask for. You deserve your rest now.I know in my heart mom and Sharon came for you and that is my only peace. My heart aches for your voice and your gentle touch and those beautiful eyes. I will hold all of my memories of you in my heart forever, I love you Daddy!!! P.S. Pet the lions & Tigers for me. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

Written by Patti Nitti
2018-08-18 2:22:56 AM

Poppy, You are now one of my angels looking over me with grandma, I will always remember watching yankee games and our love for books together. I miss you so much but I know your no longer in any pain. Till I see you againโค๏ธ

Written by Rachel Nitti
2018-08-20 12:37:32 AM