Dermott A. Breault
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Of Wakefield, formerly of Arlington. Devoted husband of 49 years to Barbara A. (Flaherty) Breault. Father of Thomas Breault and his wife Suzette of Bennette, CO. Paul Breault and his wife Terry of Suffield, CT, Michael Breault of Hampton, NH, Patricia Borg and her husband Gary of Chicago, IL, Kathleen Nestor of Chelmsford, Lois Breault of Stoneham, Barbara Bradford and her husband Kelly of Littleton, CO, Sheila Breault of Melrose and Eileen Neal and her husband Richard of Everett. Also survived by 13 grandchildren, T.J., Diane, Ashley, Sean, Shannon, Timothy, Colleen, Kevin, Stacie, Alexander, Will, Katherine and Kyle and 2 great grandchildren, Taylor and Emma. Funeral from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Av, WAKEFIELD on Tuesday at 9 AM followed by a funeral Mass in the Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Wakefield at 10 AM. Relatives & friends may call at the funeral home on Monday 4-8 PM. For obit/directions/guestbook

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Published in Boston Globe from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24, 2005.
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October 25, 2013
I remember Derry from Sunday nights at the Pier restaurant in South Boston. I played in an Irish band called the Irish Volunteers. We used to have Derry up to sing the Ballad of Billy Reid. Derry loved Irish music and did a great job singing this tune. I worked for DCASPRO (DOD) at GTE/Sylvania when Derry was worked their. I am retired but stay tuned in to Celtic music. Just copied the words to Billy Reid and it made me think of Derry. We had some great nights together. A belated RIP Ar dheis de go raibh a anam.
William Burke
March 31, 2008
no matter what Derry was an admirable family man who put his wife and family above all others no matter what the obstacles were.
cadre kelly
September 19, 2006
I just learned the sad news through an NPL e-mail from our Enigma editor. I enjoyed solving many of DYETI's puzzles. My condolences to the family.
Rosalie Moscovitch
September 19, 2006
I knew Derry through the National Puzzlers' League, of which he was an active member. I knew him as "Dyeti," his chosen nom de plume (a tradition in the group). He contributed many cryptograms and other puzzles to our magazine, "The Enigma," and we will miss him. On behalf of myself and the NPL, our warmest thoughts and condolences to all his family.

Katherine Bryant
Editor, The Enigma
Katherine Bryant
August 17, 2006
We will always remember Prof. Breault fondly. He made Fortran programming interesting with amusing assignments based on number theory and war stories about the early days of computer programming. He also created a warm and friendly learning environment in which two students not only learned Fortran, but fell in love. After 20 years together, we are greatful to Prof. Breault for so much more than just a grade.
Bruce & Daydee (Morales) Jobse
August 16, 2006
I had the privilege of having Prof. Derry Breault as an instructor in the early 80s. His enthusiasm was infectious and it was always amazing that no matter how good you thought you did on your assignments, he had a better, more creative solution to the problem! What an inspiration! I still use him as an example with young engineers that I'm mentoring. He lives on in the hearts of those whose lives he's touched and inspired.
Liz Johnson
August 15, 2006
I just learned of Derry's passing through BU. He was one of the best math prof's ever! I spent 4 semesters really learning calculus at the B.U. Metropolitan College, back in the '70's from him. (I still use it from time to time, even today!)
All of the students in this class sequence eventually came to consider him a friend, including "hoisting a few" with him at the "Dugout" after some of the final exams!
Last I ran into him, he was teaching at the BU College of Engineering while I was attending graduate school.
Derry was a true mentor in my life, creating a strong learning experience, while making Stoke's Theorem and the like comprehensable!
Although I hadn't seen him in many years, I still think back to those classes with fondness.
He was one of those rare people who made a significant difference in the lives of all he touched. May I express my sincere sympathies at our loss. He will be sorely missed by all who's lives he touched!
Alan Southwick
August 15, 2006
I had the privilege of taking a FORTRAN programming class with Professor Breault at BU several years ago. This was a great class that I really enjoyed - one of the best I ever had. Rest in Peace.
Steffen Kaldor
August 15, 2006
I knew him as Prof. Breault while I was a student at BU College of Engineering. His philosophy about the need for testability and diagnostics when designing computer programs, no matter what the function, was a huge influence in my career. Thanks again Prof. Breault for your practicality and wisdom.
Steven Goldman
August 15, 2006
I'm very sorry for your loss. Dermott Breault was one of my instructors at BU Metropolitan College and I can tell you he was one of the most interesting and dedicated instructors in my experience. My condolences to his entire family.
steve lyons
August 15, 2006
Prof. Breault gave me the inspiration for my career when he was an adjunct prof. at B.U. I have many fond memories of the summer class I took in computer programming that he taught (I swear I can still program a pdp-9 in octal because of him!). I still tell a story about him to friends, and now I own a geek company. May he rest in peace and he will live forever in the memories of those of us he so positively affected.
Craig Haller
July 2, 2006
I could not have asked for a better grandfather. Caring, giving, and just a loving human being, your legacy will live on forever in this family. I wish I was still able to embrace your spirit with the family.
Sean Cunningham
July 1, 2006
Grandpa, I miss you dearly. I wish I could have been there. I hope you forever, lay peacefully.
Timothy Cunningham
June 8, 2006
I read with sadness the death of your Dad in the Boston Globe months brother, Arthur Breault of Athens, GA and myself, Kathleen Breault Musso of Norwell, MA, were his first cousins...our Dad, Arthur J. Breault, Sr. was Al Breault's brother...our sincere sympathy to your family...Kathleen Musso
Kathleen Breault Musso
November 9, 2005
I miss you so much. I hope you are at peace. I love you.
Love Always,
October 25, 2005
Derry sat in front of me in Latin classes at Newton High, and I remember him fondly as the sandard of excellence who helped keep me tuned in and sharp. . . not by being competitive, but just by being his naturally engaged and competent self.

I've missed him, and I continue to miss him, over these 50+ years.

All of you in his family must be very proud of Derry, as I am proud to have known him.
Nancy Neagle Fremont
October 25, 2005
I have fond memories of Dermott from Newton High School and always wondered about him. Our last names placed us in the same home room and as a brilliant mathematician, he helped me enormously with math problems. I am pleased that he had such a large family as I remember that he was raised by grandparents. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Ruth Sidd (Burstyn)
October 24, 2005
Tom and Family,
Sorry to hear of the loss of your father.
I'll always remember those early morning rides to hockey.
Brian Keaveney
October 24, 2005
My heartfelt sympathies. Mike, if there is anything I can do, just ask.
Ellis Withington
October 24, 2005
My very best wishes and support to you and your family in a most difficult time.
Neil Benoit
October 24, 2005
Mike, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family at this time.
Claire Natola
October 24, 2005
My deepest sympathies to Derry's family. I worked with Derry at GTE/Sylvania in the late 70's. We shared a love of Irish music.

I remember being at an all-hands meeting at work once when, at the end of the meeting, the Engineering Manager singled out Derry for his many contributions to the program and said he was a "programmer's programmer" (the term Software Engineer didn't exist then). I thought that was quite an honor for him.
Jim Doughty
October 24, 2005
Dear Kathy and Family,

May the wonderful memories of your father be with you always. Always know your friends are praying for you during this difficult time.
Sandy Vadenais
October 23, 2005
Dear Eileen, Richard, and Family,
So sorry for your loss. May the love of your family and friends provide some peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Catherine Figucia
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