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Michael J. Breslin III, 68, of 4515 Laurelwood Drive, Harrisburg, passed away on Sept. 22, 2017, at Select Specialty Hospital surrounded by family and loved ones.
He was the son of the late Michael J. Breslin Jr. and Barbara (Mellet) Breslin. He was born in Ashland, and was raised in Locust Gap.

Michael graduated from Mount Carmel Area High School in 1967, graduated from University of Scranton in 1971, and received a master's in administration of justice from Shippensburg University.
Michael began his career in Northumberland County where he served as a caseworker for Children and Youth and as a Juvenile Probation Officer. He was promoted to Chief Juvenile Probation Officer in 1976 and later served as administrator for Northumberland County's Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Drug and Alcohol Program. Michael was eventually appointed Director of Human Services for the County, where he presided over a broad range of programs that included children and youth, juvenile court services, mental health and intellectual disabilities. During this time, the agency received recognition for the success in integrating all of the human services.
In 1992, Michael became the Executive Deputy Secretary of the Department of Public Welfare where he was second-in-command of one of the nation's largest state human services agencies.
In 1995, Michael joined NHS Human Services, headquartered in Philadelphia. Michael was senior vice president of the central region. He had adminstrative/operations responsibility for all programs and services provided by NHS Human Services in Pennsylvania and six other states. The programs include the full range of human services with approximately 13,000 employees and an annual budget in excess of 500 million dollars. Michael retired from NHS Human Services as the chief operating officer in March of 2015.
Michael served on multiple national, state and local boards and was actively involved in United Way of Central Region, PCAR (PA Coalition Against Rape),Harrisburg Symphony and WITF (Public Broadcasting). Michael received the Tocqueville Society Humanitarian Award from The United Way of Capital Region in 2013.
Michael was well known for his philanthropies in the corporate world. This generosity extended to countless individuals on a personal level. One will never know how many lives he has enriched with his compassion to help others.

Michael is survived by Margaret Stief, the love of his life; siblings, Joseph (Joan) Breslin, Vineland, N.J., Maryrose (Martin) McCarthy, Mount Carmel; two nieces, Molly McCarthy and Lauren Williams; and grandniece and nephew, Brigid and Brogan Lutz.


A visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday in St. Patrick's Cathedral, 212 State St., Harrisburg, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4 p.m., with the Rev. Joshua R. Brommer, Pastor, as celebrant.
Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, Michael's family has requested contributions to St. Patrick's Cathedral, PCAR, Harrisburg Symphony and United Way of Central Pennsylvania.

Arrangements are by Fackler-Wiedeman Funeral Home, Harrisburg.
Published on September 25, 2017
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