Saint Francis Xavier Church has lost one of the pillars of our parish community, and Mt. Washington has lost one of it's finest citizen's ever. Bill Breeden passed away around 4 pm yesterday at his home.
Bill was involved with numerous activities in the life of our parish, and the Mt. Washington community, including the Knights of Columbus, the Lions Club, Community Ministries, the Boy Scouts Food Drive and the Mt. Washington Spring Festival.
The accolades for Bill could go on for ever. Sincerest condolences to his children Wayne, Denise, and Leanne, and his precious companion Mary Laswell. He will sorely be missed by everyone who knew him!
May Billy enjoy the everlasting joy and peace of the Kingdom!
Arrangements are pending.
Here's an article about Bill from the Courier-Journal back in May:
Bill Breeden has watched Mount Washington’s Spring Festival change over its 35 years.
Floats are no longer as prominent in festival parade, but more people are turning up to watch over 100 vehicles, including antique tractors and trucks, make their way from Ky. 44 to Main Street.
The Lions Club festival planning committee chairman usually views the event from the sideline, but this year he’ll be front and center as one of two grand marshals, alongside Mount Washington Mayor Joetta Calhoun.
Both are coming to the end of an era. Calhoun will leave her political position after eight years in office, choosing not to run again. And Breeden will hand the festival’s reins over to a new chairman after decades as its leader.
“I’ve been doing it 20-some-plus years, and my health is not the best,” Breeden said. “I’m going to turn it over to someone else.”
The Spring Festival will take place May 9-10, starting with the Lions Club fish fry at 4 p.m. Friday and ending with “Old Tyme Gospel Singing” at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The gospel-singing event, taking place at 1st Baptist Church, is new to the festival this year and replaces the usual Mount Washington Opry show at the Country Palace, planning committee member Dale Salmon said.
Also new is a “Bed Turning” event after the parade, which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Busy Lady Quilt Shop, and a screening of “Frozen” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the 1st Baptist Church community life center, Salmon said.
Returning events include a live Ohio Valley Wrestling show and carnival rides.
“I think that people come back year after year to see what’s new, to enjoy some new experiences,” Salmon said. “There are always different rides for kids, some different activities.”
Salmon and Breeden said the largest difference in the festival’s history is the increase of support for its scholarship program, which provides Bullitt East High School students money for college.
Decades ago, the program started with one $250 scholarship, Salmon said. This year, organizers are giving out seven $1,000 scholarships.
“It’s not always been that way,” Breeden said. “I think we see more people go to college now than we used to.”
Breeden said he will continue to help plan the festival in a more minor role next year, but he hopes to have more free time to spend with his children and grandchildren as well as volunteering at other community organizations.
“I’ll find something to do,” he said.