James A. Breitbeck, 56

OSWEGO, NY – James A. Breitbeck, 56, son of Helen M. Breitbeck and the late Charles F. Breitbeck, died after a brief illness at his home in Watertown, NY, on Tuesday May 17, 2016.

James A. Breitbeck
James A. Breitbeck

He was a graduate of Bishop Cunningham High School in Oswego and Mohawk Valley Community College where he majored in criminal justice.

While a member of Oswego Boy Scout Troop 870, Breitbeck earned the Eagle Rank. Also, he was well-known at Camp Twelve Pines as a long distance swimmer.

Breitbeck was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, competing several times in triathlon events.

His hobby of hiking around Civil War battlefields was reflected in his large library of history books and prints devoted to that war.

For 33 years, he worked as a NYS corrections officer in the Dry Hill Correctional Facility in Watertown.

Survivors, besides his mother, include his two brothers, William Breitbeck of Oswego and Daniel (Bridget) Breitbeck of Cicero; an aunt, Jeanne Moore Cordts of Frostburg, Md.; two uncles, Dr. Roger D. Moore of Clinton and Walter S. Moore of Cazenovia; several nieces and nephews; and many cousins including Maureen and Sharon Stedman of Redfield.

Calling hours will be May 22 from 2-4 p.m. at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, 112 E. Second St., Oswego.

Funeral services will be at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Oswego, on May 23 at 10:30 a.m., followed by burial in St. Paul’s Cemetery.


  1. Helen and Bill (and family): SO SORRY to hear of your loss! So young! Hope all the good memories help get you through this sad time!

    Debbie & Ray Engelke

  2. Helen, I am writing this condolence on behalf of your husband’s cousin Emma Donoghue Grasso and her family. We are so very sad to hear of your son’s passing and hope you, Bill and Dan can find comfort in your memories.
    Margaret Grasso Bower

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