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Genesio A. Breda, 94

December 28, 2021

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  Genesio Anthony "Gene" Breda, 94, a lifetime resident of North Adams, MA, passed away on Tuesday December 28, 2021 at Berkshire Medical Center after a long term illness.

He was born in North Adams on September 18, 1927, son of Joseph D. and Rosina (Do'Nofrio) Breda. He attended local schools and graduated from Drury High School.

Mr. Breda was a World War II veteran of the US Navy and received his Civil Engineering degree in Chicago, IL. Upon completion of his degree, he returned to North Adams and gave 41 years of service to the City of North Adams as both City Engineer and Commissioner of Public Services until his retirement in January of 1990.

His engineering expertise positively impacted the City, including Main Street, City Hall, the Hoosac Water Quality District and the Eclipse Mill Dam to name a few. Mr. Breda also helped to build the Parish Center of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church where he was a devout communicant and active parishioner.

Genesio was also a longtime impressive member of the Berkshire County Italian American Association (CIAO) and was the 9th recipient of the "Outstanding Italian American Award" and was cherished by all.

Gene was an avid gardener with an unrivaled green thumb. He took great pride in his bountiful and immaculate annual vegetable and fruit gardens, with emphasis on his treasured harvest of garlic.

Gene enjoyed holding Family Reunions each summer which were a great source of pride and admiration for him and his family and friends. His love of the game of bocce (and a Beefeater martini, olives on the side) were always a highlight at the family events. Family was his biggest source of pride, and he will be immeasurably missed.

Mr. Breda was a devoted husband to his wife, Dorothy Betty (Genesi) Breda who passed away on August 20, 2003. They were married on May 28, 1949. He was a loving father to his eight daughters who survive him- Marlene Haas of Lanesboro, MA; Jean Breda Noyes of Port Richey, FL; Barbara Breda Bolte of North Adams, MA; Lynne Breda of Pinellas Park, FL; identical twins- Donna Breda Turner and Debbie DeMarsico, both of Pittsfield, MA; Janice DiStefano of Glastonbury, CT and Nancy Vittone of St. Petersburg, FL. He also leaves 15 Grandchildren; 18 Great Grandchildren; 1 great great grandson (with another arriving 2/2022) and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers and one sister, John Batrano, D. Albert Breda and Mary Sullivan.

NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Genesio A. Breda will be celebrated Tuesday January 4, 2022 at 11:00 AM at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will follow at Southview Cemetery. Calling hours are at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR S, WEST CHAPEL, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA on Monday, January 3 from 4-7 PM. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit Immediately following the funeral services at Southview Cemetery, a reception will be held at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Hall, 70 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA 01247. All are invited to attend.

Recollections & Sympathy For the Family
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Please except my deepest sympathies in the passing of this dear man, he truly will be missed. Rest in Gods eternal peace
from: Pam Sistoon: 01-19-2022

Barbara ,Debbie ,Donna and the rest of your siblings and families I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad passing. I remember seeing you all out to eat at Boston Fish Market and he had the biggest smile on his face looking at his beautiful daughters. I believe he is with your mom and one day you will all meet again. Sending love and condolences.
from: Cindy (Pecor) Schneider on: 01-08-2022

To all the Breda girls and their families,
I am saddened by the news of your Dad's passing. I remember him as a kind, gentle and respectful man. On the few occasions I came to visit, he was always welcoming. I think what I will remember most about Mr Breda was his smile. I don't think he was ever without one. Sending peace and healing energy to all who grieve the loss of this wonderful man. Rest in Peace Mr Breda
from: Debra Valvoon: 01-05-2022

Barb and Debbie and family, I am so very sorry for the great loss of your father...
from: Barbara M Wilson on: 01-03-2022

Sending love to the Breda family. I had the pleasure of meeting Gene as a teenager and then seeing him through my work over the last several years.
from: Bernadette (Twombly) Bernardyon: 01-03-2022

I'm very sorry for your loss, Mr Breda gave me introduction to engineering I worked for him and the City thru college breaks. He was a fantastic role model
from: Ed Dassatti on: 01-02-2022

So sorry for your loss. Great man, dedicated Husband and Father.
from: Dawn Maynard Cahoonon: 01-01-2022

We are so very sorry for the loss of your Father. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.
from: Mike &:Cheryl Vecellio on: 01-01-2022

I had the privilege of working with Mr BREDA (Jean) when i started my 30 year working career for the Highway Dept . for the City of North Adams !! Iwas young and a bit of a rebel back then , and not headed in a good direction !! Jean took me under his wing and mentored me through these times, we became good friends and i will always be indebted to this kind understanding man !! He will be missed by many !!
from: EDWARD denaulton: 12-31-2021

Sincere condolences to all of the family. He was a good man who will not be forgotten.
from: Frances buckleyon: 12-31-2021

Please accept our heart felt condolences on the loss of your dad.
from: Paul Dupuison: 12-31-2021

Marlene and family, I am so sorry to hear of your dads passing. Remember the happy times and may they help you to get through the difficult days.
Sincere Condolences,
from: Sandy Sorelon: 12-31-2021

Deepest condolences to Gene's family. I can say that I was honored to know him, and always had a good time with him. Was always fun playing bocce on Sundays, he had so much fun.. He will truly be missed.
from: Peter J Oleskiewiczon: 12-30-2021

Marlene, Janice, Barb, Nancy, Jean, Lynne, Debbie, Donna, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. You are all in my thoughts & prayers. I will miss running into him at the supermarket.
from: Mary Maselli Barryon: 12-30-2021

We are so sorry for your loss. He will be sadly missed.
Bill and Jane Bryce
from: on: 12-30-2021

Barb and family, I am sadden my the lost of your your father my prayers are with you all.
from: Nanette schmidton: 12-30-2021

Donna, Debbie and family so sorry to see this. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
from: Elaine Allegra(Bushika) Cannon: 12-29-2021

Debbie, and Donna, I'm so very sorry hearing that your dad has passed. I only met him a few times but what I remember about him was that he was a very respectful and nice man. Always had a kind word to say. He was funny also. Just remember he's another Angel 😇 looking down at you forever and ever. Again, I am so sorry.
from: Jacqueline Cyr Andrewson: 12-29-2021

One of the most decent and honorable human being that this world has known. A great listener, story teller and optimist.

Gene most precious gift was his love for his children and the love they returned to their dad.

As a friend of Gene and our little circle of Italian American brothers we say goodbye, we love you and now you are in the arms of the Almighty.
from: Vincent Melito on: 12-29-2021

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