John R. Jack Breuil died peacefully in his sleep with his loving wife, Charlene Breuil, by his side in Valdosta, GA on February 23, 2018. He was 89. Jack is survived by his children, Robert and Patricia, and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth.
Jack was born in 1929 in West Chester, PA to Francis Scott and Caroline Gheen Breuil, and was their only child. He attended the prestigious Peddie School in Highstown, NJ before volunteering to serve in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. Jack served aboard USS Vulcan (AR-5) and USS Tarawa (CV-40) as a Hospital Corpsman.
Following his Honorable Discharge from the service, Jack moved with his parents to Fort Pierce, FL, where he had met the woman who would later become his first wife, Elizabeth Short. They married in 1956, and soon after adopted their two children, Robert and Patricia.
Jack worked for the Goodyear Company for over a decade before joining the Ford Motor Company. When his father passed, Jack rediscovered the stamp and coin collections that he and his father had each assembled when Jack was a boy. This reignited a passion that spurred Jack to leave the automotive industry and acquire a local Stamp & Coin shop in Ft. Pierce, which Jack operated until he retired.
Sadly, Elizabeth succumbed to a terminal disease in 1995, and Jack eventually relocated to Valdosta, GA to be nearer to his daughter, Patricia. In 2003, Jack met Charlene Ward and fell deeply in love once again. In 2004, they were married, and they settled in together on a small slice of Heaven on a lovely country road in Hahira, GA.
A Memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 PM on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at New Covenant Church in Valdosta, with Pastor Jeff Williams officiating the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jack's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Valdosta/Lowndes County Humane Society. Messages of sympathy may be expressed online at www.musicfuneralservices.com. The family would especially like to thank the nurses, certified nursing assistants, and therapists at PruittHealth-Heritage House for their compassionate care and unwavering dedication throughout Jacks final days with us. The compassionate and caring staff of Music Funeral Services, Azalea Crematory is serving the Breuil family.
Published on February 27, 2018