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J. R. Breckon (c1828-1908)
1908 Obituary 
J. R. BRECKON died at his residence, Wolseley Terrace, Sunderland, on January 7, 1908, at the age of eighty. The deceased gentleman, who was born at Staithes, near Whitby, and educated at Helmsley, was a prominent man in the Sunderland coal trade, and was at one time general manager for the South Hetton Coal Company.
Some years later he went into business on his own account. He occupied a prominent position in metallurgical and mineralogical circles, and had written books on these subjects. An "Analysis of the North-Eastern Railway Accounts," which he also wrote, is regarded as a standard book of reference. He had a wonderful knowledge of commercial matters, and his counsel was much sought; his name is also associated with several valuable patents relating to improvements in coke ovens, and in the manufacture of coke.
He was a member of the Royal Statistical Society, and was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1885.