Cliff Breiner, who for 40 years served as the official scorer for the Saint Michael's College men's basketball team, passed away following an illness on May 4. The official scorer between 1970 and 2010, a decal bearing his name was affixed to the Ross Sports Center gym floor on Dec. 7, 2010, during Cliff Breiner Night, when Breiner was honored for his loyalty and dedication to the College. He remained a regular in attendance during the past three seasons.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 a.m. on campus in the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington. Visiting hours will be on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ready Funeral Home, Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Drive, Essex Junction. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, or VNA of Chittenden County, Prim Road, Colchester. Online condolences may be sent to www.readyfuneral.com.
Breiner's obituary follows:
Clifford J. Breiner, 74, died May 4, 2013 at the Starr Farm Nursing Center surrounded by loving and caring family members.
He was born in Burlington on March 18, 1939, the 14th and last child of Charles and Zoe (Blair) Breiner. He married Nancy French-Breiner on September 3, 1994.
Cliff was educated in local parochial schools and was a graduate of Cathedral High School, Class of 1957. After a brief career with the Grand Union Company and a two year tour in the U.S. Army, he joined IBM, retiring in 1994.
Cliff was a dedicated follower of the St. Michael's College Men's Basketball program since the mid 50's. In 1970, he was named official scorer for the team, a position he held for 40 years, relinquishing it in 2010 due to health reasons. In 1997, then Athletic Director Ed Markey named the MVP award for the annual Doc Jacobs Classic the "Clifford J. Breiner MVP Award". In December, 2010 Cliff was honored with a "Cliff Breiner Night" at the Ross Sports Center in recognition of his 40 years of service. The floor position at half court for player substitutions in front of the scorer's table was named after Cliff.
He was also an avid fan and season ticket holder of the Vermont (Expos) Lake Monsters, rarely missing a home game.
Cliff had a deep love of music from the 40's and 50's. He also enjoyed attending the various musical productions at Saint Michael's Playhouse and Flynn Theater.
Cliff is survived by his wife, Nancy French-Breiner of Colchester; sons, Charles Breiner of Colchester and Scott French and his spouse Kim of Springfield and daughters, Jeannette Breiner, fiancé Steve McMahon and his daughter, Mikayla of Colchester; Sherry and Rob Haggerty of Essex Junction; and Stephanie and Chris Miller of Georgia Center; six beautiful grandchildren, Chelsea and Olivia French; Kayley and Liam Haggerty; Christina and Nathaniel Miller; sister-in-law, Margaret (Peggy) Breiner of Burlington; brother-in-law and his spouse, Larry and Nancy LaBrake of Addison; sisters-in-law and their spouses, Tonie and Duane Austin of South Burlington; Rose and Richard Carreau of Gibsonville, N.C.; and many, many nieces and nephews.
Cliff was pre-deceased by six brothers and their spouses: Arthur and Geraldine Breiner, Clement Breiner, Bert Breiner, Clayton and Margaret Breiner, Roy and Ester Breiner, and Harold Breiner, and seven sisters and their spouses; Minnie and Clifford Blondin, Myrtle and Leo Gilmond, Dora and Richard Rayta, Rita and Don LaGrow, Lena and Leo Duchaine, Harriet Breiner, and Clara and Robert Isles.
Courtesy: St. Michael's Athletic Department
PO Box 4508