Richard Breen Jr.

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Richard Lyons Breen, Jr.

Passed away March 21 at home in San Francisco with his family present. He was 66 years old. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Lyons Breen and Dorothy Donnelly Breen, his twin brother Robert Gannon Breen and sister Elizabeth Breen. He is survived by his sister Tina Breen Moylan and brother-in-law Michael Moylan, nephew Kevin Breen Moylan, niece Kellyann Moylan, and great nieces Kaitlin Rose Moylan and Sarah Margaret Moylan.


Richard was born four minutes ahead of his twin Robert at Stanford Hospital in San Francisco on October 14, 1946. His family moved soon after to the Los Angeles area where he spent his childhood. He was very proud to have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from University of San Francisco in 1968.


He spent a few years in San Francisco before returning to Los Angeles to begin his career as a screenwriter. He wrote scripts for the popular TV shows Mannix, Hunter, Ironsides and others during the 70s and 80s. He was a member of the Writers Guild of America.


Proving he left his heart in San Francisco he returned to the North Beach area in the 80s. He continued to pursue his script writing but also entertained an eclectic group of friends and customers at Enrico's. He returned to the Los Angeles area in the 90s settling in Laguna Beach where he authored his first book, The Octoroon Ball, until 2010 when he made his final trip back to San Francisco.


Richard loved everything San Francisco including the Giants, the WASHBAG, North Beach and trips to Bolinas and Tahoe with family and friends. He especially enjoyed the 2011 trip to the location of his book - New Orleans and Natchez. And of course he was always fond of his Chesapeake Bay retrievers.


He will be greatly missed by his many friends for his animated story telling that held everyone speechless, his witty comebacks, his clever humor, and the twinkle in his eye. A true Irishman with the gift of the gab.


The family wishes to thank the wonderful hospice nurses. Memorial and burial services are private. Donations in Richard's memory may be made to Sutter Care at Home Hospice, 1625 Van Ness, Suite 4A, San Francisco, Ca, 94109.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 7, 2013
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