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Thomas Largy Breen 'Old Tom'

4/21/1938 - 12/11/2011


KEENE - Thomas Largy Breen, 73, died Dec. 11, 2011, at Cheshire Medical Center. He was born on April 21, 1938, in Goffstown, to Francis and Virginia (Largy) Breen.

He was raised in Wilton and served in the U.S. Air Force in the late 1950s. After briefly living in Wyoming and Montana, he returned to New Hampshire in the late 1970s and worked as a carpenter, sign painter, and antique dealer.

He was a fixture at local flea markets and created large chainsaw carvings and signs that can be seen at roadside businesses throughout New England. In later years, he taught himself to paint and produced many folk art pieces that have found their way to places all over the country.


He became very well known in his fields of specialty but was best known for his sense of humor and the fact that he always had a story or joke to make his friends laugh.

He was truly a generous man of many talents and will be missed by his many friends.

Services were held at Michaud Funeral Home Wilton, NH and Memorial Services were held at Salvation Army Church in Keene, NH.

I knew Tom from the many items that I had purchased from him like his signs and some decoys. I spoke to him via phone and email from time to time and truly enjoyed his talks. He taught me over the phone how to paint his style of signs and I am working on perfecting it but Old Tom had a special folk art talent that I can only copy but never master. He was 'one-of-a-kind' person and I will miss him.

Larry Christy


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