NORFC’s Al Breslin celebrated during Jazz Funeral in Covington
Friends and family recently danced a celebratory second line behind a brass band in memory of former New Orleans Rugby Football Club stalwart Al Breslin.
fellow rugger Dave Vicious pulled out a bottle of Powers Irish Whiskey in Thailand and Bob Murphy sang Sugar Magnolia and sipped a Jameson during the time Al’s son Michael, with Al’s ashes in his mits, boogied and sashayed around Covington’s town square on a beautiful spring afternoon.
Al worked as a bouncer on Bourbon Street, dug graves at the Metairie Cemetery and eventually went to Tulane Law School as he fell in love with the Big Easy and its denisons. It was through NORFC that he met Eileen, who was at a post match party at the invite of player Stanley Smith’s date. Eileen and Al raised Michael and Maureen in St. Tammany. His obit described him as quick with a smile and a joke.
And his rugby friends would agree: “He lived a huge life, never leaving a room without making friends with everyone in it.’’