CLIFFORD J. BREINER

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CLIFFORD J. BREINER - COLCHESTER - Clifford J. Breiner, 74, died May 4, 2013, in the Starr Farm Nursing Center surrounded by loving and caring family members. He was born in Burlington on March 18, 1939, the 14th and last child of Charles and Zoe (Blair) Breiner. He married Nancy FrenchBreiner on Sept. 3, 1994. Cliff was educated in local parochial schools and was a graduate of Cathedral High School, Class of 1957. After a brief career with the Grand Union Company, and a two year tour in the U.S. Army, he joined IBM, retiring in 1994. Cliff was a dedicated follower of the St. Michael's College Men's Basketball program since the mid '50s. In 1970, he was named official scorer for the team, a position he held for 40 years, relinquishing it in 2010 due to health reasons. In 1997, then Athletic Director Ed Markey named the MVP award for the annual Doc Jacobs Classic the "Clifford J. Breiner MVP Award." In December 2010, Cliff was honored with a "Cliff Breiner Night" at the Ross Sports Center, in recognition of his 40 years of service. The floor position at half court for player substitutions in front of the scorer's table was named after Cliff. He was also an avid fan and season ticket holder of the Vermont (Expos) Lake Monsters, rarely missing a home game. Cliff had a deep love of music from the '40s and '50s. He also enjoyed attending the various musical productions at Saint Michael's Playhouse and Flynn Theater. Cliff is survived by his wife, Nancy FrenchBreiner of Colchester; sons, Charles Breiner of Colchester, and Scott French and his spouse, Kim, of Springfield; daughters, Jeannette Breiner and fiancé, Steve McMahon, and his daughter, Mikayla, of Colchester, Sherry and Rob Haggerty of Essex Junction, and Stephanie and Chris Miller of Georgia Center; six beautiful grandchildren, Chelsea and Olivia French, Kayley and Liam Haggerty, and Christina and Nathaniel Miller; sister-in-law, Margaret "Peggy" Breiner of Burlington; brother-in-law and his spouse, Larry and Nancy LaBrake of Addison; sisters-in-law and their spouses, Tonie and Duane Austin of South Burlington, and Rose and Richard Carreau of Gibsonville, N.C.; and many, many nieces and nephews. Cliff was predeceased by six brothers and their spouses, Arthur and Geraldine Breiner, Clement Breiner, Bert Breiner, Clayton and Margaret Breiner, Roy and Ester Breiner, and Harold Breiner; and seven sisters and their spouses, Minnie and Clifford Blondin, Myrtle and Leo Gilmond, Dora and Richard Rayta, Rita and Don LaGrow, Lena and Leo Duchaine, Harriet Breiner, and Clara and Robert Isles. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel at St. Michael's College in Colchester. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington. Visiting hours will be on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ready Funeral Home, Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Drive, Essex Junction. Online condolences may be sent to www.readyfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ; ; or VNA of Chittenden County, Prim Road, Colchester.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 6, 2013
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