Dr. Thomas J. Brennan, Jr. 1947 - 2014
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tom was Conant High School Principal when I started as a Special Education Associate in the fall of 1989. So many wonderful words have already been written about him. So, "if a picture paints a thousand words," I hope these pictures of Tom from our CHS yearbooks bring back some happy memories. They show more about him than my words could say.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Tom worked to provide a sense of community spirit when Superintendent at Kearsarge. Tom, through his open door interaction with community providers, helped make sports a tremendous success in the district through his understanding and dedication balancing policy with the needs of the community. A true leader! Tom will be missed.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
My most sincere condolences to the Brennan family. Dr. Brennan's intellect, warmth, wit, beaming smile, twinkling eyes and heart inspired all as he led the Manchester School District. Peace, Lisa Orofino
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
My deepest sympathy to the Brennan family. I had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Brennan as a customer where I work. I must say he was one the best superintendents Manchester had to represent education in the Manchester school system. I remember last year when he came into my work I told him to have a nice weekend, and he told me, " My daughter is getting married this weekend." When I graduated from college last May, ( at the of 52 ) he brought me a congratulatory flower two days before my graduation and shook my hand when he presented it to me. I was honored to have him congratulate me on my accomplishments. From his warm smile, to the light in his eyes when he spoke of doing what is right for the students in Manchester, to the love that was evident of his family when he spoke of them, a truly remarkable man is gone too soon.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Wendy and family, I am very sorry for your loss. We had a wonderful friendship years ago and I think of him often. He was a hilarious roommate. I have known no one with a quicker wit or a bigger heart. My prayers are with you all. I had forgot to sign this.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
To the Brennan family our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of need he will be greatly missed,
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
To the whole extended family of Dr Thomas Brennan. I was at the bank one day and was talking to the tellers about my daughter and the tough time that she was having at school with other children. As I walked away the man behind me responded by saying " things will get better for our daughter,,, because she has a great mom to lean on" and shook my hand. those words of encouragement he spoke in his kind voice and not even knowing me will always stay in my heart. For this man whom I never met until that day.
You have not lost a loving man. You have gained a new angel.
Mrs. Laurie Gladysz
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Tom's warm smile, sense of humor, and connection with our lives and time in Hancock will be treasured always.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Please accept my condolences upon Tom's passing. I knew Tom when he was at Peterborough Middle School and served with him on the Conval Administrators Council. He was a really fine person to know and work with, always bringing thoughtful ideas to the table and promoting the interests of kids. May all of you members of Tom's family find comfort in knowing how much he meant to the larger community. May he be at peace.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The Houghton family in Jaffrey extend sympathies to the Brennan family, joining hundreds of other parents of students who have benefited from Tom's friendship and wise counsel over the years. Such a loss but such good memories of a life well lived!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Meg and I are so sorry about your family's loss. Tom was a very special person and throughout the state he was greatly loved. Please know that we are thinking about you and your family as we all mourn Tom's loss.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I didn't know him or his family, but I have heard nothing but beautiful thoughts and prayers in his honor. You bought our home on Squires Lane - hopefully you will fill it with as much love as we did during our 14 years there. If you need any help or information, please feel free to contact us. My husband is a cancer survivor, but has been sick the past month and I have had a terrible cold which I didn't wish to share with anyone. Sorry for your loss, we will all miss him and his dedication to our town and our children. Thank you for all the years he gave to us.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Dear Family and Friends of Dr. Brennan,

I am so thankful for Dr. Brennan and his contribution not only to the field of education but also to public service. Tom was always willing to spend time speaking with me as a student at Kearsarge and even provided professional advice. He was a great person and I looked up to him dearly. The service today was wonderful and I believe that he is in a better place now. God Bless Tom and his family!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I was deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Brennan's passing. Tom was a tough administrator, a true leader and yet a compassionate man. Tom was dedicated 100% to the students and staff and always strived to do what was best for people. As a union advocate, I have worked with many administrators and board members over the years and I have the utmost respect for Tom. It was a true pleasure to work with Tom under what was often trying circumstances. He was one-of-a-kind and will truly be missed.

Donna Christman, Troy, OH (formerly of NH)
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Wendy, I am sorry to hear about Tom. My David had a massive heart attack in Jan. and he is very slowly getting better so I don't venture to far away. Please give Jenny my love and Cortney's and the rest of the girls also. I know there aren't correct words at a time like (I lost Kip 3 years ago next week) but I am here with big arms to listen. Tammy Garre
Monday, April 14, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family - with sincere sympathy
Monday, April 14, 2014
Words cannot express the sadness I feel at the loss of this kind man. We started working in the Manchester school district on the same day Feb 2, 1998, you as Asst. Supt and I as Asst. Principal. They told us we both had that deer in the headlight look about us. We both retired from that school district at the same time last year. Now 2,000 miles away I received word that you had passed away. I am better for having known you Dr. Brennan; you were a positive role model for all educators. You inspired me to take a risk and lead. I wouldn't be where I am today without your caring and support. May god bless you and your family and may they be consoled by the huge impression you made on every life you touched. Rest in peace Sir.
Monday, April 14, 2014
I had the privilege of working with Tom at the Manchester school district administration office for 2 years. He was a gentleman through and through. He was a true leader who always fought for "doing the right thing" as opposed to "doing things right". He was responsible for igniting my interest in education and I am grateful for that. Without his guidance I would never have discovered my love for technology in education. Working in the private sector for 25 years he introduced me to a whole new world that he promised would be more rewarding than any work i had done previously. He was right. Rest in peace Tom, I know you will be watching over us.
Monday, April 14, 2014
To Tom's family
I was saddened to hear of Tom's passing. I have fond memories of Tom as an administrator and a school board member. Tom was special - a kind, dedicated guy who always wanted what was best for people. I have dealt with many administrators and many board members over the years and Tom was one of the best. It was a pleasure to work together under tough circumstances. I will miss him.
Mary E. Gaul, UniServ Director, NEA-NH
Monday, April 14, 2014
Tom and I served as Principals together and we were appointed Superintendents the same year as well. we also got our doctorate degree for the same school. Simply stated Tom Brennan is one of the finest educators and nicest human beings I have known. He made a huge difference and it showed ! I share my deepest condolensences with all of you. Respectfully, John Graziano
Monday, April 14, 2014
Wendy and family, I am very sorry for your loss. Tom was an outstanding individual with great character. We had a wonderful friendship years ago and he was a hilarious roommate. I have known no one with a quicker wit or bigger heart. My prayers are with you all.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Wendy and family, my sincere sympathies to you. I'll never forget your husband and dad and will forever be grateful for having known him. Entering the Peterbrough Middle School in 1979 as a new kid was a scary feeling. Mr. Brennan made my years in middle school great ones. Then I had the chance to work with him and play ball with him for SDE. Always the nicest man, always so kind. Rest in Peace Mr. Brennan.
Monday, April 14, 2014
From the first time I met Mr. Brennan, as my Pop Warner football coach, I could see this was a man of strong, unwavering character and integrity. I was very fortunate to have Mr. Brennan as Principal and Role Model later in life while I was at Conant. The impact and influence Mr. Brennan had as an educator and role model on the students he taught will never be forgotten. My heart felt condolences go out to the Brennan family.
Monday, April 14, 2014
I was so sorry to hear that Tom had passed away. We were classmates at Salem State and then I bumped into him again when he worked in the ConVal district. He was a fine man and I know will be terribly missed by his family. I am so sorry for your loss.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Thank you for sharing your husband and father with the children throughout NH. He was a respected and dedicated educator.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
As a former colleague and administrator in the ConVal and Jaffrey-Rindge School Districts from 1979-1998, I had the good fortune of working with Tom in his “formative” years. His caring professionalism, compassion, and honesty never wavered, but the quality that always amazed me was his uncanny capacity for drawing people to him, particularly in regard to students. There was a piece of him that never forgot what being a kid was like and they intuitively sensed that in him. I feel fortunate, not only to have worked with him for those years, but also to have had such fun with such a good man. I am deeply saddened by his loss. I can only hope that you will be comforted in knowing that he touched all of our lives in a very special way.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Dear Wendy and Family, Joanna and I were saddened to read of Tom's death. I worked with him for several years in Conval, and he was a true professional who cared about students and adults. You are in our prayers.Education has lost a treasured friend.

John and Joanna Carr
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Dear Wendy, Auntie Rosy, Bobby, Beaver, Penny, Amy, Cathy Rose, Jenny, and Lindsey, I was so very sad and heart broken to receive the news of Tommy's passing....... Know that you are in the Prayers of many who loved Tommy and all of you! So many memories came flooding back to me of all the many times spent with Tommy. What a WONDERFUL MAN he was to look up to, even as kids looking up to our older cousin and hoping to be as kind hearted as he was. Tommy Always had a WARM SMILE, HUG AND KIND WORDS to say to us. Wendy, the love he had for you was the kind that I looked for in man, and like you I found him! Auntie Rosy, thanks for raising such a wonderful son, we all benefited from your love!
May God Hold You In The Palm Of His Hand.......Rest In Peace Tommy
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Wendy, Amy, Cathy, Jenny and Lindsey,

So very sorry to hear the news. Uncle Tom was such a kind gentleman. I always enjoyed seeing Tom and enjoyed our too few golf games over the years. Thinking of you all down here in FL (Jim, Sarah, Molly, Michael and Lucy)
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Tho i.ve never met Mr. Brennan personnaly,I,ve seen him on Manchester local TV many many times and he was always gracious in snswering questions and explaining his ideas on improving the schools.Don,t have to be a genious to know he loved the school kids and did his best to find ways to better educate them.He has a great place near the Lord.We shall all be together one day forever.Roland Bouchard
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Dr. Brennan was my Assistant Superintendent when I was a world languages teacher at Central. His undying support for education is what I most remember about him. We parked next to each other at the Ash St. facility. One day, I walked from Central back to my car and it was snowing. Knowing what a wonderful person he was, I cleaned his car off. He never forgot that one day and always greeted me when we would have the occasion to see each other in the parking lot (and at the time, did not really know him to be my Assistant Superintendent - because to his credit, he was very unassuming). It was his encouragement that led me to return to school. His vision will surely be missed.
Dr. Filippa S. Viola
Sunday, April 13, 2014
My children had the best Principal at Conant HH. I worked for him briefly and he was the pillar of a dedicated leader. When we went to Disney, who did we run into but Tom and he greeted us with his wonderful smile. If you know Tom he is a person one would not forget. To the Brennan family, the wonderful memories will remain in your hearts forever. Bless you all.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Such a genuine gentleman, caring educator, and an extraordinary family man. He's earned a spot on the Fathers All-Star team in heaven, for sure.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Deepest heartfelt sympathy to the family of this wonderful warm and kind man.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Saddened by your loss. Dr. Brennan always made those who worked for him feel valued. He was down to earth and very approachable. He will be missed by many.
May his family take solace in knowing how significantly he touched and improved the lives of all that knew him. He was and is a kind soul.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Thinking of all of you and passing along the same words that Tom said at a very sad time in MY life. "He (Bob) may not have walked on water, but he certainly knew where the stones were!!!". I hope that you're able to hold those words in your hearts and find comfort in them as you move through the days, weeks, months and years ahead.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Honored to have known him and work with him. I never met a more dedicated educator or finer person. My best to his loving family.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
I had the pleasure of working with Tom on committees and programs for the Manchester School District. Tom had dedication and passion for education that motivated many of us who worked with him. He was very supportive of me and the work I did for the students. Even though he was busy, he always made time for our department and the students. I recall some of the last words he said to me at an event that I had planned for the students last June, “This is the part of my job that I am really going to miss...being with the students.” Tom, you made such an impact in so many lives. Rest in peace.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Wendy and family, so very sorry for the loss of your husband and father. I grew up next to Tom on Oak Street many years ago. I know first hand just how devastating the diagnosis, treatment and eventual loss of the person dealing with cancer is on both the patient and their family members. Many hearts are broken and many tears will be shed, but your undying love will never end. Sharon Renault (Dee &Rick Abreu's cousin)
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Wendy and Family,

I am so very sorry to have learned this awful news. He was such an honorable man with much integrity. How lucky you have been to have someone that loved you so much and was so devoted to family.
I have only good memories of him, especially my wedding day.
Love
Patti Lumsden
Saturday, April 12, 2014
To the Brennan, my thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Thank you for sharing Tom with us all. He was a passionate educator or a wonderful person. He will be missed but he will all be remembered for his greatness in education and caring of other... Always a smile
Saturday, April 12, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this sad time. I thought very highly of Tom and am glad to have known him. Hancock Old Home Day will not be the same without seeing him there cooking burgers! I always made a point of stopping and saying hello. May he rest in peace.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Tom was a passionate man, who wasn't afraid to show his emotion. When he was the principle at Conant High School I was fortunate to know and work with him and he set the standard for what a great administrator is for me. Rest in peace Tom. Your work here is done.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
When I first met Tom at Ayer High School, you knew right away, that he was destined for success. He was a born leader, who always did his best, he could do no more and never wanted to do any less. With his infectious grin and his winning personality he was a friend to everyone. To his Mom and wife and family and Bobby and Beaver, I am certain you were all so proud of Tom, not just for all his success in his professional life, but for the wonderful guy that he was. God Bless, Bobby Gardner
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Tom will be missed by the community and by his Kearsarge School District friends. He was a kind and generous man.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Tom was a great friend, educator and colleague and all of us who knew him shall miss him. Our condolences to the family. Brad and Kathy Cook
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Amy,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
May the courage and strength he showed during his fight help you to get through this sad time,
Saturday, April 12, 2014
So very sorry for your loss. Tom was a special man. I enjoyed working with him thru his years as an Administrator in the Jaffrey-Rindge School system. My children had the honor of having him as a mentor in their High School years. May your memories and many prayers sustain and comfort you all.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Amy,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
May his courage and the positive attitude he showed during his fight help to get you through this sad time.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Wendy, the smile contagious; the man tremendous; the void left immense; but the great memories enduring! So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers with you and your family, thank you for sharing Tom!!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Tom Brennan was the best man I have ever known.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of him when he worked at CHS. I'll always remember his Irish wit and humor. Tom was loved by so many and I hope this thought brings all of you some peace.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Such a privilege to have had him as our principal for all 4 yrs at Conant HS! My deepest condolences to his family!
Friday, April 11, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with the Brennan family. I am a graduate of Conant High School, and Mr. Brennan's dedication to our education is so greatly appreciated.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Tom-a principal, mentor, fellow Salem State graduate, softball teammate on SDE, friend, made a major impact on my life. So saddened by the news of his struggle the past several months~but not surprised to hear of his positive attitude throughout it all. I am so grateful to have known Tom Brennan, he taught me so much about myself and life. My prayers are with your family~cherish the memories and lessons Tom has taught and left behind. With love, Ann (Cournoyer) Wheeler
Friday, April 11, 2014
I had the pleasure of know Dr. Brennan by his wife Wendy who I had the pleasure to work with for several years. My thought and pray go out to Wendy and her family.
Friday, April 11, 2014
I went to Conant High and graduated in 1991. Mr Brennan was a great man, he kept me out of trouble a few times and helped me through the 4 years. He will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers to all family members.
Friday, April 11, 2014
I worked in the Manchester school system under your leadership for a year and in that short time saw what a gentleman and gentle man you were. You made students and teachers feel valued, something we hadn't experienced for many years. Thank you so much for what you did for Manchester. I know how difficult it was for you. Peace dear sir.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Dear Brennan Family;

May knowing you're
in the hearts and thoughts of others
help you and yours
through this time of sorrow.

My deepest sympathy with thoughts of peace and courage for you and your family.
Friday, April 11, 2014
A true gift to education and to all who knew him, Tom will be missed. He made his mark on Conant High School and changed the lives of many. Our condolences to Wendy, Amy, Jenny and Lindsay. We are richer for having known Tom and your family.
Friday, April 11, 2014
We have lost a cherished friend. Tom Brennan was a good man! All of us who knew him and worked with him shall always remember his many acts of kindness and generosity. Maureen and I send our deepest sympathy to his familly.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Mr. Brennan was a wonderful man and an inspirational educator. Thank you for all of the years you gave to a tireless profession. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Our sincerest and deepest sympathies in the loss of your husband and father. I worked for Tom as a paraeducator at Conant High School, and a kinder, warmer man you will never meet. This is a great loss for everyone and every one of us is a better person for having known Tom Brennan. Praying God's Peace and Comfort for you all.
Friday, April 11, 2014
You will never be forgotten, Mr. Brennan! I still remember the graduation of Class of 1997 at Conant High School, and I was the first one to hand you the penny with the date of 1997. Rest in peace.
Friday, April 11, 2014
my condolences to the brennan family tom was my Principal at conant until he left for machester he was good guy and Principal really care about his students and staff he will be missed by all who know him
Friday, April 11, 2014
My favorite memory of high school was my graduation night. Conant had a tradition of each graduate giving the principal a token of respect as they were given their diplomas. Since we were lined up in height order, I was (by far) the shortest in our class of 1994 and had the honor of handing Dr. Brennan a specially decorated bucket in which he could put the 94 cents that each graduate would give him. His grateful hug and the pride that he evidenced in our class' successes that night will forever be burned in my mind as the truest example of what an educator can and should be to the students in their care. My sincere condolences to his family on his passing.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Amy, I am so sorry, we are all thinking of you, and we send our love. MJ
Friday, April 11, 2014
My prayers and condolences to all of the Brennan Family and my deepest sympathy. All who knew Tom will miss him dearly. May GOD Bless . Goodbye old friend. We will meet again some day.
Friday, April 11, 2014
You will truly be missed, Mr. Brennan! You always had a smile and a hug for everyone. My fondest memory of you was at my high school graduation in 1991, when our entire class gave you a penny. As my last name began with a P, by the time I got to you, you had two fists full of pennies, and you weren't sure what to do with them all. The look on your face was priceless! Thank you for always being someone I could talk to. You will always hold a special place in my heart.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Sorry for your loss. Went to school with Tom in Ayer
Friday, April 11, 2014
Mrs Brennan, Amy, Cathy, Jenny and Lindsey,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I always remember Mr. Brennan with a big smile on his face and by the incredible love he had for each of you. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Love,
Michelle (Leahy) Boecher
Friday, April 11, 2014
I'm sorry for your loss, he will be remembered in my prayers
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