470 Massachusetts Avenue, Acton MA 01720


Morris Breslouf

Morris "Maish" Breslouf

Friday, September 11th, 2020
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ACTON - Morris “Maish” Breslouf entered eternal rest at age 96 on Friday, September 11, 2020. He was the loving husband of the late Lorraine (Andrew) Breslouf; Cherished father of John Breslouf and Andrea (Breslouf) Starr; And best “Grumpy” to grandsons Benjamin, Daniel, and Jesse Starr. He was preceded in death by his brothers Albert Breslof, Lawrence Breslouf, Julius Breslouf and sisters Marian Breslouf and Ruth (Breslouf) Cinamon. Born and raised in the West End of Boston, he was the son of the late Solomon and Lillian (Goldberg) Breslouf.

Saul and Lillian came to the US around 1916 from The Ukraine and moved to Boston’s West End, where they lived and raised 6 children on Revere Street in a very small apartment. Saul worked multiple jobs to support his family, and Morris often talked about how as kids, they collected bottles for money to buy a soda or tickets to a movie. “Poverty is an Indignity” was a common thread throughout the family that formed a lifetime of a lifestyle not easily forgotten by Morris. They attended the Vilna Shul, now revived and preserved as the only remaining immigrant Shul in Boston.

After graduating from English High School, his following years were dedicated to his undergraduate studies at Boston College, 3 years in the Navy and then a master’s degree from Holy Cross. He always credited his acuity with the written word to his parochial higher education. A chemist by trade, he worked for Bordon Chemical company for approximately 30 years, which then led to his ownership of a successful adhesives company. After selling the business, he semi-retired and provided part time consulting services to the new ownership until the age of 86, when he (most thankfully) received his “pink slip”.

Mid-life, Morris enjoyed tennis and played often with his wife, Laura – and many of their friends from Acton. Those tennis friends in fact, wintered in the vicinity of the same tennis club in Jupiter, FLA – where Morris and Laura finally purchased a second home. That home in Florida was his kingdom, and he loved it there. Whether Boston or Florida, art and music were a big part of his life. He loved art of all mediums, and jazz music - as evidenced by his extensive personal collections of both.

He often talked to others about his adventuresome grandsons – of whom he was extraordinarily proud. And he loved nothing more than to sit with his friends and enjoy a good banter – which might sometimes come dangerously close to a good argument! But always with a curious mind, he never stopped asking for the opinions of others – be it politics, or finance, to the latest technologies or best clothes labels! You’ve left your mark, Dad. You will not be forgotten.

Many thanks goes to The Commons in Lincoln for their compassionate care. You gave him a great last home, and we are grateful for his last moments of comfort there.

Remembrances may go to the Lauren Beth Breslof Memorial Fund, 2 Partridge Hill Rd., Sharon, MA 02067. Private service and burial under the Thoughtful Guidance of Acton Funeral Home. For more information, please visit his memorial page at actonfuneralhome.com
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    Woodlawn Cemetery
    104 Concord Road
    Acton Center, MA 01720
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Kevin Regan

Posted at 08:17am
John and Family-
I was very sorry to hear of your father's passing. Recall fondly when your Dad and mother drove us into Boston Garden to attend the Celtics game and then pizza in the North End. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May your beloved father rest in peace.
Kevin Regan

Ian Edmonds

Posted at 06:42pm
We are very sad to lose our dear friend Morris. Ian will miss the lively and interesting "discussions" on the subject of the Middle East. Pat's most memorable thoughts were that Morris was one of the few men she knew who, during a conversation, would actually listen and not interrupt. A rare gift indeed. Rest in peace Morris, you have certainly earned it. You played an important part in our lives. We will never forget you.

Ellen Dill

Posted at 09:54pm
I was deeply saddened to hear about Maish's passing but know that he lived a wonderful, productive and long life filled with so many great memories. I met him and Laura over 50 years ago as a friend of Andy's and have so many memories to look back at. The Breslouf house was the house everyone hung at, laughed at and had so much fun at on Beverly Road and later on Nagog Hill. Moving to FL 7 years ago I later would spend much time with Mark and Andy and usually enjoyed at least one night with Maish too. It is wonderful to think that he is peace and once again with Laura, the love of his life. My thoughts and prayers are with Andy, Mark, Johnny, Ben, Dan, Jesse and everyone else in this amazing family.

Nancy Cinamon-Murray

Posted at 11:06am
My dear Uncle Maish, I don't even know where to start! I have a lifetime of great memories of you and Aunt Laura and of course your kids, Andy and Johnny. Dating back to Beverly Road in Acton, many wonderful Thanksgivings first on Nagog Hill then to Andy and Mark's, all the way through our last conversation on your birthday this summer. Two things (out of many) come to mind: how kind and generous you and Aunt Laura were to my mom, Ruthie, and our entire family. And second, you did not like my brisket, but loved my chopped liver! RIP Uncle Maish. I know you will be welcomed by so many Bresloufs and friends in heaven!


Posted at 09:54am
I will miss my Uncle Maishe very much. Uncle Maishe beat me in Tennis many years ago & he is/was 30 yrs. older than me. Uncle Maishe swam, I think, 3x/week until he was 94. I will follow all his good habits. Bye Uncle Maishe. Love Robert

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