John Breed, Boston Herald Associate Publisher, Dies At 56
RANDOLPH, Mass. (AP) _ John ``Jack″ Breed, who rose from copy boy to associate publisher of the Boston Herald, died Saturday. He was 56.
Breed died at his home in Randolph. The cause of death was not disclosed.
He began his newspaper career in 1958 as a copy boy at the Boston American, which eventually became the Boston Herald in 1982.
He rose through the ranks, working as retail advertising manager, assistant to the advertising director, advertising director and vice president of advertising. He was named associate publisher earlier this month.
``Jack Breed was a tremendous asset to the Herald, not only because he was a great advertising salesman and manager but also because of the relationships he developed, the friends he made in the community and for the laughs he gave all of us,″ said Herald publisher Patrick Purcell.
Breed also played semi-pro baseball for 13 years, winning five national titles with a team called The Typos. He was inducted into the National Printer’s Baseball Hall of Fame.
He coached in several Babe Ruth leagues and wrote a column in the Milton Transcript for teen-agers. Breed also worked as public relations director for Junior Achievement of Boston and was past president of the Carney Hospital Foundation.
He also served as president of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Boston and the Allied Trades Association.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy, two sons, two daughters, two brothers, a sister and two grandchildren.