It is with great sadness to announce, we have lost a great man
New Castle Town Councilor and former Mayor Frank Breslin has died. He was found in his home Monday evening, August 1. County Coroner Robert Glassmire has indicated that death is likely due to natural causes. He cannot make an official ruling, however, until after the pending autopsy.
Frank’s loss will be felt deeply not only by the Town Council and staff, but also by the many residents who called him a good friend. Frank was many things: active community member, talented woodworker, businessman, devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
Frank first served as Mayor from 1988 to 1994. After he left office he assumed the chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission, a position he held until he was again elected Mayor in 2006. In 2014 he stepped down as Mayor and was elected to fill a Council seat. He led the Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission through New Castle’s period of explosive growth, including the development of Castle Valley Ranch and Lakota Canyon Ranch. He was also the Mayor who shepherded town resources through the Great Recession. Among his great concerns were emergency management, community policing, civic engagement and the creation of social capital. Frank was always building a connected and integrated community.
Frank was a singer and had a great love of music. He performed with Symphony in the Valley in the Symphony Swing Concert. He was also requested to sing at many different events and ceremonies in our communities.
Frank began a lifetime of volunteerism in New Castle in 1977 when he joined the volunteer Fire Department. Throughout his life Frank always held a concern for the health of First Responders. He was always willing to step up to do whatever job was needed. In 2007-8, when the Town was between administrators, he served for eight months as acting administrator. Frank was an advocate for the working person and a tireless supporter of town staff. Just as important to him was the service he generously offered to friends and neighbors. He was an ambassador for the Town of New Castle, both to residents and to the greater western slope region. His service to the town was extraordinary and he will not be replaced in our hearts. He was a good man.
The date of the Memorial Service will be announced.