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Bradly “Vance” Breakwell

  • On September 6, 2018

Bradly Vance Breakwell, age 49 of Fairchance, PA, formerly of Cortland, NY passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

Beloved son of Joyce Hustead Breakwell, his loving caregiver, and the late James Veach Breakwell.

Loving brother of Brian of Fairchance. Adored uncle of Cody (Megan) Breakwell of Lima, OH. Dear nephew of special caregiver Jeannie (David Zaro) Berg of Spokane, WA, Mary Margaret Pletcher of Kannapolis, NC, Martha Breakwell of Belle Vernon, PA; cousins Melissa Pletcher of Concord, NC, Wendy (Dave) Witham of Fairbanks, AK, Rebekah (Randy) Foringer of Belle Vernon, PA, and Matthew (Toni) Breakwell of Belle Vernon, PA.

Preceded in death by paternal grandparents Martha and Jim Breakwell of Smock and maternal grandparents Opal and Wendell of Uniontown.

Vance was a graduate of LHHS and was active in the marching, stage, and jazz bands. He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University and his masters from Cornell University. He taught chemistry at Cornell for 16 years and taught organic chemistry at the State University of New York at Cortland for 10 years. The Ithaca Adult Hockey Association was one of his great pleasures. He played with them for 25 years.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on September 15, 2018 at the Walnut Hill United Methodist Church. A luncheon will be held following the service and all family and friends are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or any charity of your choice.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at www.cremationfuneralcare.com.


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Kathleen Loomis Joyce
  • Sep 8 2018
Rest In Peace Vance. Though we hadn’t seen each other in years, I treasure the memories of friendship that we shared many years ago. I prayed for you as you fought your battle. You and the rest of our circle of friends were special to me and a large part of my life. I will always remember your brilliant mind, your wit, your beautiful smile and your love of hockey. All the time at Eat N Park and the Gighland House. Great times! May God bless your family at this difficult time. You will be remembered fondly. Kathleen Loomis Joyce
Barbara Roche
  • Sep 9 2018
The family has my deepest sympathy. Vance is at peace with his heavenly Father. May Jesus keep His arms around you and continue to heal the hole in your heart.
Bilal AlDoori
  • Sep 10 2018
My deepest condolences to Vance’s family. Vance was one of my favorite professors, his blatant honesty towards my performance and work ethic really resonated with me and helped me develop as an individual. I personally thought I annoyed him with questions as a student, and throughout that he was still the most helpful out of any professor that taught me. I wish his family the best.
Victoria Hannahoe
  • Sep 10 2018
Sending nothing but love to Vance’s family and close friends. I went to his office hours regularly in college bombarding him with questions that I probably should have known the answers to, yet he was always so helpful and patient with me. The combination of his wit, sense of realism, intelligence, and patience made him one of my favorite professors at Cortland. I feel grateful to have learned so much from him. No words can truly express the magnitude of this loss. My condolences to his family.
Ray Ackerman
  • Oct 2 2018
Vance was a good friend of the "Ithaca" hockey community. His presence on and off the ice will be surely missed, as he touch all with his friendship, passion for hockey and sports in general. We are deeply sadden and wish our deep condolences to his family. Sincerely, IAHA Board of Directors.
James Sharpsteen
  • Nov 1 2018
I knew Vance for nearly 20 years. Vance was a really nice person, and will be greatly missed. So sorry for your loss.
Philip Bennis
  • Dec 19 2018
I was so saddened to learn of Vance's passing. Our sincere condolences to Joyce, Brian, and family. My hopes for a better New Year..