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John Howard Breakfield

September 5, 1935 — March 24, 2023

John Howard Breakfield was the youngest of five brothers, born September 5, 1935 to Ernest and Leila Guthrie Breakfield.  He graduated from Churchland High School, in Portsmouth, Virginia, where he played trombone in the school band.  He became friends with Jim Sullivan there, and eventually with Jim’s twin sister Jeanne, who he married on June 20, 1958.  He worked many years as a Quality Assurance Specialist, inspecting work done on Navy ships and submarines to ensure they were seaworthy.  He was highly respected in his field and recruited by private shipyards when he retired from federal service.  He loved singing and sang in church choirs and civic choirs.  When he moved to Green Cove Springs he enjoyed singing in the choir as well as solos and his favorite, the barbershop quartet.  John and Jeanne had three children, John, Martha and Sarah.  Sarah will have been awaiting his arrival in heaven along with his brothers and parents.  He leaves behind his loving wife Jeanne, his son John, and daughter Martha, as well as grandkids Preston, Brandi, Jonathan and Harlow and even a great grandson, Gavin!  He will be remembered quite fondly by anyone who was fortunate enough to have been touched by his kind, gentle spirit.  May he rest in peace until we meet again.  A memorial service will be held Friday, March 31 at 1:00 at First Presbyterian Church, 300 Gum Street, Green Cove Springs, FL.  32043.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL.  32257 or to First Presbyterian Church, 300 Gum Street, Green Cove Springs, FL.  32043.

 

 

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