Jerome Breslin (Age 62) went home to be with his Lord and Savior on July 1, 2019. He passed away unexpectedly from heart failure at his home in Spokane Valley, WA.
Jerome (Jerry) was born on March 5, 1957 to Sergeant John Francis Breslin and Yuri Yamamoto in Koizumi, Gunma Ken, Japan. The family moved to Tillicum, Washington when he was two years old. Jerry attended Tillicum Elementary, Woodruff Junior High, Clover Park High School and graduated from Washington High School in Parkland, WA in 1975. He had a keen interest in board games and was a member of the chess team. In addition, he played saxophone in the school band and worked at Arby’s. After high school, Jerry attended community college and then Tacoma Baptist/Presbyterian Seminary for two years.
In 1977 Jerry and his older brother, Jim, purchased The Omelette House, a full service restaurant in Tacoma, WA, where Jerry was a chef for four years. Then he trained to build and repair computers at Computer Networking Company in Tacoma. Jerry continued in this career and became the manager of the Olympia branch. He moved to Spokane, WA in 2004 to help Jim remodel homes for rentals. Shortly thereafter, Jerry suffered a heart attack and was diagnosed with type two diabetes.
Jerry’s interests included painting with watercolor, watching movies, collecting coins, caring for tropical fish and growing flowers-- orchids were his favorite. In addition, he enjoyed spending time with his brother and extended family, and visiting with his numerous friends. Although Jerry liked to hide it, his keen intelligence was quite evident by his clever jokes and uncanny sense of humor. We all loved Jerry for his wit and wisdom. Buddy, Jerry’s Jack Russell Terrier, was his favorite companion, brought him much joy and comfort, even attending church services and gatherings with him.
The most significant part of Jerry’s life was time spent studying the Scriptures, growing his faith, attending services and in fellowship with his church family. Anyone who met Jerry knew he was an ambassador for Christ, as he engaged everyone he met in a discussion about their spiritual life in his own unique way. Although he suffered many ailments, Jerry remained strong in faith, full of joy and a constant encouragement to others. Jerry persevered through his trials by the grace of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. As stated in part by Jerry on his voicemail, “The joy of the LORD is my strength.” ~Nehemiah 8:10.
Jerry is survived by his brother, James Breslin and his wife Kellie, nephews Anthony Breslin and Kanaan Shawlee, and countless friends. His mother, father, and dog Buddy, preceded him in death.
Memorial Service for Jerome Breslin
Covenant of Grace Protestant Reformed Church
4005 E. Marietta Ave, Spokane, WA 99217
Saturday, August 24th at 2:00 P.M.
Meal to follow
Visit the church website: www.reformedspokane.org for directions or a Live Video Stream.
If inspired, please donate to your favorite charity or church in Jerry’s name. Thank you!
You are invited to share memories of Jerry in his guestbook.