John Brennan, 87, lifelong resident, decorated veteran

John P. Brennan, a lifelong resident of Greenwich passed away peacefully on September 28, 2013 at the age of 87.

He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Kolb Brennan, in 1989. He was born on July 7, 1926 to the late Patrick and Elizabeth McArdle Brennan and grew up in the Fourth Ward. He attended St. Mary Grammar School and graduated from Greenwich High School in 1943.

A decorated World War II veteran, Mr. Brennan served his country as Technical Sergeant in the 3186th Signal Service Battalion of the U.S. Army in the European-African-Middle Eastern campaign and the Asiatic Pacific campaign. He was among the first U.S. Army personnel to enter Japan after surrender.

He received a B.B.A and a Masters in Taxation from Pace University and was a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Brennan was Vice President of Greenwich Gas Co., which merged with Connecticut Natural Gas Corp. Mr. Brennan was a member of the Greenwich Rotary Club, the Harpoon Club and the St. Mary High School Board of Regents and served as director of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce for almost a decade. He also served on the Representative Town Meeting and on the Selectman’s Land Acquisition Committee.

He was an honorary life member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Brennan was an active parishioner of St. Michael’s Church. He is survived by his five daughters, Patricia A. Brennan, and Bernadette B. (Owen) Davis of Greenwich, Barbara Brennan (George/Rusty) Oxer and Catherine M. Brennan, Esq. of Cos Cob and Tracy (Neville Graham) Brennan, M.D. of West Hartford. He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Catherine Cleary Pullen.

Friends may call on Tuesday, October 1st and Wednesday, October 2 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, Inc., 31 Arch Street, Greenwich. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, October 3 at St. Michael’s Church, 10 A.M. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Greenwich.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, School Program, 1186 King Street, Port Chester, NY 10573, Passionist Communications, P.O. Box 111, Rye Brook, NY 10573 for the benefit of The Sunday Mass or St. Cecilia School, 1186 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905.

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