Dr. Thomas J. Brennan Jr

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NEW LONDON - After a courageous nine-month battle with cancer, Dr. Thomas John Brennan Jr. passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, just before 5:30 a.m., surrounded by his loving family. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, friend, coach, and teacher. He is survived by Wendy, his loving wife of 44 years, and their daughters Amy (husband Chris Holsinger and daughter Elizabeth), Catherine (husband Stephen Girard and son Finn Thomas), Jennifer and Lindsay (husband John David Lyman and son John); mother Rose Brennan; his brothers, Robert (wife Janice and children Keri, Casey, Kelly and Christopher) and John (wife Mary and children Mark, Mollie, Patrick, Sean and Maggie); and sister Rosemarie.He will be remembered for his joyous laughter, his great love for his family and his passion for education. Tom was cherished by all, a giant in the lives of those who knew him. He was a dedicated educator and family man and somehow managed to balance both perfectly. His smile was quick - as was his wit - and, through the final days of his life, he carried himself with tremendous grace and dignity. His three beloved grandchildren - Elizabeth, Finn Thomas and John - knew their doting grandfather as "Pops."Tom spent his entire career working for education and making the lives of everyone around him better. He was fortunate to work in many districts beginning in Haverhill, Mass., and ending his career with his retirement from the Manchester School District in 2013. He also took a few years away from schools to work with CFH Associates. He loved his work with the Peterborough Middle School and Conant High School as well as the Kearsarge Regional District, which first hired him as a superintendent. He worked in Manchester as both the assistant superintendent and later as the superintendent. Another full page would be needed to list his many accomplishments throughout his career. Tom was an educational visionary and often ahead of his time when it came to policies and consideration for alternative education. He was honored with many awards, commendations, and achievements - and served and led on multiple committees and associations. Constant and unflagging in his love for the family and friends he felt blessed to have, Tom's commitment to education similarly relentless.The Brennan family wishes to express their unending gratitude to Dr. Matt Yurgelun and the teams at Dana Farber and Brigham & Women's for their incredible dedication and support.


services: Calling hours will be held at Chadwick's Funeral Home, 235 Main St., New London, on Monday, April 14, from 3 to 8 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima, 724 Main St., New London, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 15. A military burial ceremony will be held at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen on Wednesday, April 16, at 11 a.m.In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Thomas Brennan to support esophageal cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift or to New Hampshire Jobs for America's Graduates in memory of Thomas Brennan to support today's youth to attain personal success in school, work and life via www.nh-jag.org:8080/pdf/Individual%20Gift%20form.pdf or 175 Ammons Drive, Suite 212, Manchester 03103.Condolences may be sent to the Brennan family at 209 Squires Lane, New London 03257. To sign an online guest book and for information, visit www.chadwickfuneralservice.com.

Published in Union Leader on Apr. 13, 2014
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