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Michael J. Bresnahan

August 11, 2015

Michael J. BresnahanMichael J. Bresnahan, 87, S. Indiana Ave., Watertown passed away Tuesday morning, August 11, 2015, at Hospice of Jefferson County at the Ellis Farm.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, August 24, at Holy Family Church at 11AM with Rev. Steven Murray, pastor, presiding. There will be no calling hours and arrangements are entrusted to Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

Mike was born in Watertown on February 16, 1928, the son of Gladys Forester Bresnahan Rosenblatt and he graduated from Watertown High School. He enlisted in the US Navy on May 24, 1945. He received the WWII Victory Ribbon and was honorably discharged as a Coxswain on August 7, 1946.

On September 9, 1950 he married Teresa "Terry" Burtch at St. Cyril's Church, Alexandria Bay. The couple would have celebrated their 65th anniversary this year. He served NY Telephone Co. for 49 years as a lineman and switchboard operator. Mike was a communicant of Holy Family Church, a life member of Elks Lodge 496, of which he was a member for over 70 years, and was a 70 year member of American Legion Post 61.

He enjoyed skiing, was a member of the Snow Ridge Ski Patrol for 30 years, and as a young man ski jumped at Lake Placid. He enjoyed boating and The St. Lawrence River, buying Island 92 in 1957. He was an avid duck hunter and was a 30 year member of the Jimmy Creek Inn Club, AKA the Shack Club, which was founded in 1906 and is the oldest continuously run club in the US. He was also a member of the Admiralty of the Thousand Islands.

Besides his wife, Terry, Mike is survived by his four children, Michael B. and Barbara H., Alexandria Bay, Patricia A. "Patty" and Teddy Kielecki, Syracuse, Timothy J., Pompano Beach, FL, and John P., IN; five grandchildren, Patty Bresnahan, Michael (Jacque) Bresnahan, Benjamin Kielecki, Shelby Hernandez, and Alyssa Bresnahan, and two great grandchildren, Amelia Bresnahan and Casey Hernandez; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and his faithful companion, C-Dog. His brother, David, died before him.

Donations in Michael's name may be made to Holy Family Church, 129 Winthrop St., or Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., both in Watertown, NY 13601 or St. Cyril's Church, 17 Rock St., Alexandria Bay, NY 13607. Online condolences may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com


#23 Ross Aylesworth 2015-08-28 18:18
Great memories of time on the St. Lawrence.
Ross & Connie
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#22 Brenda & John Morrow 2015-08-24 09:29
Dear Terry,
We were saddened to hear of Mike's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Brenda and John
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#21 Brenda & JohMorrow 2015-08-24 09:27
We were saddened to hear of Mike's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Brenda and John
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#20 Terry Balcom Wright 2015-08-23 17:22
The BALCOM family extends condolences to Terry & family on the loss of Mike Sr. Know that you are in our hearts & prayers.
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#19 SandyKay Santy Wells 2015-08-19 10:12
Terry and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always hear Mike's laugh in my head - it was such a great laugh. When he and my Dad got together, there were always a great number of laughs, stories, and general carrying-on. Great times at your house in Watertown and at the island since I was a little girl.
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#18 Jayme Spearnock 2015-08-18 00:00
Dear Mike and family,
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.
With Deepest Sympathy,
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#17 Casey Jones 2015-08-14 18:44
Very sorry to hear of the loss of your father Mike. May he rest in peace.
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#16 Jack Ducat 2015-08-14 17:56
Terry, Mike & family,
You are in our prayers during this trying time. God Bless!
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#15 L & C Henderson 2015-08-14 17:11
Mike, Barb and Family
So sorry for your loss
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#14 Anton F. Kreuzer 2015-08-14 11:51
Dear Mike, Barbara, Family,

Thinking of you with most respectful sentiments.


Tony Kreuzer
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