THOMAS ORR BRENNAN
SEPTEMBER 27, 1921 - OCTOBER 24, 2013
An Irishman-Air Force Pilot who loved to fly
A smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye
Cast off earth's bonds to live on high
He climbed the white mists of the morning sky
Hawker Hurrican, A-T6, A-26 Invader
And B-25, B-29, P-38
He flew his missions before the world would awake
A son, brother, husband, father and grandfather
A man who lived his life with courage and Faith
He served his country with passion and grace
A WWII Fly Boy now resides in God's heavenly space
Tom Brennan, a native son, was born in Oakdale, CA. He lived on a ranch near Oakdale with his parents, Tom and Edith Brennan, and his two brothers, Jack and Pat. He attended Rosedale Grammar School, Oakdale High School, lettering in football and track, and the University of San Francisco. He married the love of his life, Eleanor Taylor in 1943. He served in WWII as a pilot in the Army and Navy Air Force.
Upon his return from WWII he engaged in ranching and was employed by the County of Stanislaus for over 20 years as Superior Courts Administrator/Jury Commissioner. He was active in the community where he served on the School Board for more than 20 years, was President of Oakdale Sportsman's Club, Active in The VFW and American Legion, coached his 3 son's Little League teams and attended St. Mary's Catholic Church. He had a passion for hunting, fishing and flying. He spent his retirement years enjoying these activities with his many family members and friends.
Tom is survived by his daughter Mary Anne Strom (Alan) and his sons, Tom III (Erin), John and Michael Brennan, grandchildren, Melanie Parker, Brad Brennan and Heather Grandstaff, great-grandchildren, Jace and Reid Grandstaff and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Eleanor (Taylor), parents Thomas and Edith (Orr) Brennan, brothers, Jack and Pat Brennan, and grandson Bryan Parker.
Visitation and Rosary will be held Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Rosary ~ 6:00 p.m.) at Oakdale Memorial Chapel, 830 West F St., Oakdale. Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, November 1, 2013 ~ 11:00 a.m. to be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Oak & Olive Streets, Oakdale. Reception following the Mass at St. Mary's Parish Hall.
Remembrances can be made to Helping Hands, 1225 Olive Ave., Oakdale, CA 95361 or Oakdale Pet Alliance, P.O. Box 1965, Oakdale, CA 95361.
Published in the Modesto Bee from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1, 2013