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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas George Breen (1877-1957)

Business executive.

Born in Ireland, son of Thomas R. Breen, he came to Manitoba in 1882 and was educated at the Winnipeg public schools. With his brothers N. J. Breen and W. W. Breen, he organized the Breen Motor Company, which sold Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Marmon, Hudson, and Essex automobiles. He served as President and Managing Director of the firm and also its subsidiary, Canadian Automobile Equipment Limited. He was married twice; first to Ivy M. Clint (1883-1905) and later to Kathleen M. I. Lucas (1896-1987) with whom he had a son. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Carleton Club, Motor Country Club, Manitoba Motor League, and Assiniboine Gun Club. Methodist. In 1925, he lived at 308 Furby Street, Winnipeg. He died at his Winnipeg home, 39 Nanton Boulevard, on 13 April 1957 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Breen Motor Company Building (245 Main Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Breen House (39 Nanton Boulevard, Winnipeg)


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Pioneer auto dealer, T. G. Breen, dies at 80,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 April 1957.

Obituary [Kathleen M. I. Graham], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 July 1987, page 38.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 September 2018

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