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Martin B. Breen, much-honored insurance agent; Oct. 23, 1928 -- April 13, 2011

Martin B. Breen, an insurance agent and president of underwriting associations, died Wednesday in Sisters Hospital. He was 82.

Mr. Breen was born in Buffalo and graduated from South Park High School in 1946.

He served in the Army and was stationed in Kyoto, Japan, as part of peace-keeping troops.

After returning home, he graduated from Canisius College in 1952 as an English major. He worked as a full-time Buffalo firefighter while attending college.

He started working for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. in 1955. He became a consecutive weekly policy producer for the firm, was the Buffalo office's "agent of the year" several times and was a member of the company's Leaders Club.

He served as president of the Buffalo Life Underwriters and a Buffalo chapter of Chartered Life Underwriters. He also was a member of the insurance industry's $1 million Round Table.

Mr. Breen was instrumental in creating a circular for The Buffalo Evening News to educate the public on the services that chartered life underwriters provide, and in 1994 he received the Buffalo Life Underwriters' Stan Collins Award.

He was a member of the Di Gamma honor society at Canisius College and past president of the college's Alumni Association. He received the Canisius College LaSalle Medal for his contributions.

He retired in 2005 but remained active in the business on a part-time basis.

Mr. Breen for several years was a weekly lector at the Sisters Hospital chapel 8 a.m. Mass. He also was a Eucharistic minister at the hospital and took Communion to nursing home residents.

He also published two books about his Irish roots and growing up in South Buffalo.

His wife, Jean A. O'Neill Breen, died in 1979.

Survivors include his wife, the former Lupe Lepina; three sons, Martin Jr., Brian and

Kevin; two daughters, Lauren Kruczek and Alison Maloney; and two stepdaughters, Jeanne Ptak and Deborah Burrows.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Saturday in St.

Teresa Catholic Church.


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