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Thomas Roberts "Tom" Breeze
(May 31, 1944 - May 25, 2013)

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Thomas Roberts

Thomas Roberts “Tom” Breeze Tom was born in Bradenton, one of the triplet sons – Tom, Dick, and Harry born to George M. Breeze and Marguerite “Peggy” Hawkins Breeze. His father had also been born in Bradenton in 1907, and his mother was born in Dublin, GA. The Breeze family first lived on Riverview Blvd and in 1950 they moved to a new home that Tom’s father built on the middle branch of Warner’s Bayou. His father continued to build houses in that area and eventually developed a sizeable community of homes all around the bayou. Tom’s maternal grandfather was A.K. Hawkins, and the football stadium at Manatee High bears his name. The Breeze triplets all attended Ballard Elementary School from kindergarten through 5th grade, before transferring to Jessie P. Miller in 1955. After completing 6th grade at Jessie P. Miller, Tom moved to Walker where he attended junior high before coming to Manatee High School in 1959. When they reached age 16, the Breeze boys rode to school together in their 1953 Desoto. During their senior year at MHS the triplets “upgraded” to a 1957 Plymouth. After graduation Tom briefly attended FSU in 1962 and then came back home and spent some time at Manatee Junior College in 1963. He had met his wife, Beverly Ann Hayman, on the front steps of Manatee high, when he was a senior and she was a sophomore. They were married in January, 1966 and started their life together in Lakeland, GL, where they lived for the next eleven years. Tom had been working in sales as a citrus fruit dealer when they moved to Slidell, LA, where he began a career in the building materials business. After a brief time, he and his family relocated to Georgia and Tom gained more experience managing several building materials stores in Perry, Fayetteville, and Montezuma. In Montezuma he became owner/manager of Georgia Building Supply and in the years thereafter acquired and later sold several more stores. Tom and Beverly’s three daughters, Rebecca, Beth and Allison, were primarily raised in Montezuma. While living in Macon County, he periodically attended Georgia Southwestern University in Americus, taking specific business management courses relevant to his work. During many of those years in Montezuma, Tom was president of the Chamber of Commerce, served as deacon at his church, and taught Sunday school. He was also a sworn volunteer member of the Montezuma Police Force and was named a Lt. Colonel by Governor Zell Miller. He enjoyed being part of a volunteer rescue squad and received training as a First Responder, taking a variety of courses in Search and Rescue. Tom’s training was vital in July, 1994 when a flood engulfed the entire downtown. As a result of that catastrophe many homes and businesses were flooded, including his own hardware put in charge of the recovery and rebuilding task force and the town was restored and nearly back to normal in a year. Tom and Beverly later moved to the Atlanta area where he managed a millwork manufacturing company. While there, he was fortunate to patent and start production of his own hull-mounted fish attractant applicator, complete with twelve formulas. After Tom retired, he and Beverly lived in Perry, GA close to their daughters and their nine grandchildren where Beverly worked for the Houston County Board of Education. Once she retired, they moved back home to Bradenton, FL and were reunited with friends and family in their home community. Tom was known for his love of the Lord, his love for his family, and his wonderful sense of humor. He was a beloved husband to his high school sweetheart and the love of his life Beverly Breeze for 47 years. He was a brother to Peggy Jean Selman and her husband Bill Selman, Dick Breeze and his wife Susan Breeze, Harry Breeze and his wife Dorothy Breeze. He was adored by his three daughters, Rebecca Jones, Beth Cantrell, and Allison Grayson. He was the proud grandfather of 9 grandchildren: Morgan Vaughn, Kendall Price, Hannah Price, Josh Cantrell, Casey Cantrell, Jessie Holloway, Stevan Cantrell, Thomas Grayson, and Tyler Grayson. He also had 3 great-grandchildren: Khloe Holloway, Hudson Holloway, and Lylah Kate Cantrell. He was preceded in death by his older brother Aldean “Al” Breeze, his father George Breeze, and his mother Peggy Breeze. Service to celebrate his life will be May 29th at First Baptist Church of Palmetto. Visitation will be at noon with service to follow at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Tidewell Hospice House. (www.tidewell.org)

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