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Graveside Service: 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Location: Peninsula Memorial Park

Walter C. Breckons, 76, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021 surrounded by his family following a short hospital stay. Walt was born in New York in 1944 but traveled around the world as an army brat and later as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot. He honorably served for 20 years serving two tours in Vietnam, a tour in Germany and special assignments at the Pentagon and Lakehurst Naval Air Station. Walt received the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, multiple Meritorious Service Medals and Air Medals, and numerous other awards for his service. After retiring as a Major from the Army in 1983, he worked for civil service at Fort Eustis for over 23 years, retiring in 2008.

He spent his retirement years as Uber Grandpa. He and his granddaughters cherished the time they spent sharing news of their school days and activities as he transported them to school, swim team, volleyball, gymnastics and other activities. He was early to every event to ensure he got a good seat to see his granddaughters’ school productions.  In recent months, as the pandemic limited activities, he and his family spent treasured time together for movie nights and small family gatherings. Walt loved his family deeply, providing and caring for those he loved. He will be sorely missed and remembered with love. He taught us all so much but did not teach us how to go on without him.

Walt liked traveling, reading, watching NCIS, and the beach. We take with us fond memories of camping trips through Europe and beach trips to Emerald Isle, NC. His granddaughters can take pleasure in time spent with him at Disney World. In recent years, you could often find him and his love driving past Yorktown beach appreciating the sunsets, local events, bridge openings, people watching and exploring which boats arrived to the small port. They also enjoyed welcoming Trans Am cross-country bicycle racers arriving to Historic Yorktown, often with cowbells and fanfare. He was a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Walt enjoyed playing and watching golf. For many years, he traveled annually to play golf with friends in New Bern, NC. Walt was a proud friend of Bill W for 30 years.

Walt was preceded in death by his mother, Maybelle Breckons and his father, Walter W. Breckons and stepmother, Georgia Breckons; his in-laws, Frank and Sadie Ange, Mildred McCulloch, Everett and Juanita Davis, and Michael Davis. Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 53 years, Sharon Breckons of Newport News; daughter, Carol MacVaugh and husband, Jimmy of Yorktown; son, Walt Breckons and wife, Dawn of Newport News; his beloved granddaughters, Danielle MacVaugh, Ana, Alivia and Adaline Breckons; brother, Sandy Breckons and wife, Yvonne of Helotes, TX; sister, Susie Breckons of San Antonio, TX; step-sister, Linda Grant and husband, Joe of Benton, LA ; brother-in-law, Everett Davis and wife, Donna of Norfolk; sister-in-love, Paula Burroughs and Jay; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

A Graveside Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Peninsula Memorial Park. Guests are also invited to view a chapel service through live streaming at 2 p.m. on the same day at Dani MacVaugh’s facebook page.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Mended Hearts (https://mendedhearts.org - Chapter 119) or the American Cancer Society (https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/memorial-giving.html). The family would like to thank the health professionals at Riverside Hospital for their care and kindness. We also thank the staff at Weymouth for their continued kindness.

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#8 Tom Bond 2021-01-27 14:42
Walt, I am so sorry to hear about your father. I certainly see a lot of you in his picture. It is so sad to lose a parent. My father has been gone for 35 years, and I miss him every day. Hang in there. I would love to hear from you. 757-879-4616. Tom
#7 Heather Feldman 2021-01-26 07:16
Walt was always quick with a smile and a joke. My condolences to the family. I know he will be greatly missed.
#6 Jeff Powers 2021-01-26 03:56
I worked with Walter for many years when he was VTT Chief. I would like to say that it has been an honour and privilege to have Walt as a friend. He was such fun and gave me so much guidance, advice and support over the years. I always think of him as such a warm, generous, funny and genuine friend.
May memories of Walt and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead.
#5 Guest 2021-01-25 15:18
Walt was a decent kind man, who loved my sister with all his heart. I am very sad that we have lost a patriot, husband, dad, and grandpa.Rest in peace, you will be missed but you were loved by your friends and family.
#4 Queenie and King 2021-01-25 13:46
Our hearts are heavy about Walt. He was a wonderful man, husband, grandfather, friend. So many people will miss him! Love to all the family.
#3 Ann Holevinski 2021-01-24 17:19
We are so very sorry to hear of Walter’s passing. We sure enjoyed Disney World with him, Sharon, our daughter Dawn, her husband and our son-in-law Walt, and their daughters and our granddaughters Ana, Alivia and Adaline. You all have him as an angel in heaven watching over you! Rest In Peace, Walter.
#2 Richard E. St Peter 2021-01-24 17:08
Sharon; Walt,Jr., Juanita Davis; all family members. On behalf of myself and my wife, Shirley Whitenack, we send along our prayers and condolences on the passing of Walt,Sr. Those that know me, know I worked at ATSC and bowled on Wednesday nights with Walt. He was a great guy to know and may he RIP. Sincerely, Richard and Shirley.
#1 Kathie Canevari 2021-01-24 03:39
RIP my friend
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