A Community Remembers Paul Breschard

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The Tri-Hamlet Community and surrounding neighbors are in mourning as Paul Breschard is being remembered fondly by those who knew him as a beloved staple in their hometown community. Paul passed away October 2.
Paul was a pioneer and blazed a path working alongside his friends and neighbors to create a better quality of life for the Tri-Hamlet Community. As President and long-standing member of the Pattersquash Creek Civic Association he navigated the community through good times and turbulent times. He used his voice and his teaching and business acumen to spearhead the effort to create the Incorporated Village of Mastic Beach. Paul was the charter member of the village. He was remembered at the beginning of Monday’s meeting of the Pattersquash Creek Civic Association.
Friend and colleague, Bill Biondi, recounts fond memories of Paul. “This was a terrible, terrible shock. Paul was just a great guy. He was well-known as a teacher and he spearheaded the move to start the (Mastic Beach) Village, but more importantly, Paul just wanted to make Mastic Beach a better place, and he led the charge.”
Congressman Lee Zeldin shared, “Paul Breschard dedicated so much of his life towards bettering his beloved Mastic Beach. His years as a great teacher in the William Floyd School District were to the benefit of countless students who adored him. He took on uphill challenges with his heart firmly in the right place. Paul sure has left his mark and will be remembered by so many for a long time to come.”
Mastic Beach Village Mayor Maura remembers Paul as a trailblazer: “This is incredibly sad news. Paul was a big leader – a strong leader and the impact he had not only on residents but on his students he touched through the decades will be remembered. His legacy will stand the test of time and he will always be remembered fondly.”
Saddened by the loss of a friend, South Shore Press Editor-In-Chief Fred Towle recounts memories of Paul as a teacher, co-worker and friend. “Our sympathies go out to Paul’s wife, Gerry and his children. Paul’s priority was his family and the William Floyd Community. He taught so many students; including myself the importance of standing up for your community and fighting for was right, no matter the odds. I enjoyed our frank conversations and his writing style when he did guest columns for the South Shore Press, Paul truly made a difference in the lives of so many students and his legacy will live on for many years to come.”
Nick Busa, who counted Paul as his friend and colleague, said, “Paul was just a great guy and a great leader. He worked endlessly to create this village. He was a wonderful man – he didn’t have any enemies. “
This reporter remembers a gentleman – however soft-spoken, always full of energy with the spark and determination necessary to see any task or goal through to successful completion. Our interviews would almost always close with Paul saying how he would look forward to visiting his children and grandchildren in Pennsylvania. He was a husband and family man first, and the Tri-Hamlet Community and William Floyd education community are blessed to have counted Paul as their friend and their teacher.
Paul Breschard is reposing at Roma Funeral Home, 539 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, today and tomorrow (October 5 and 6). Visiting is from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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