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Robert A. Bresnahan


1959 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Mr. Robert A. Bresnahan, age 52 of 12 Rose Manor, formerly of 163 Imperial Ave. died Saturday afternoon at the Berkshire Medical Center following a long illness.
He was born in Pittsfield, May 29, 1959, the son of the late John F. Jr. and Carolyn A. "Sue" Street Bresnahan. He attended the former St. Charles Grammar School and was a graduate of St. Mark's Middle School. A 1978 graduate of St. Joseph's High School, he served as a manager of both the basketball and baseball teams.
While attending St. Joseph's High School, he received his first Kidney Transplant from his mother in 1974. Unfortunately, he required another transplant two years later. He was fortunate to receive a Donor Kidney which he retained for 32 years.
Part of Bob's legacy was to have his parents establish the Berkshire County Kidney Foundation. This group worked with BMC to help establish the first Dialysis Unit at the hospital.
Personally he also enjoyed speaking on behalf of Kidney related issues be that at the BMC or at several conferences at the Mass. General Hospital.
Continuing his education, he attended Berkshire Community College and was a 1982 graduate of Boston University.
Upon graduation, he became employed with the Commonwealth of Mass Turnpike Authority for several years prior to becoming employed with the Berkshire Gas Co.. He later worked at the Marian Fathers in the donation processing dept. for more than several years. Bob served for many years as an official scorekeeper for the city of Pittsfield Babe Ruth Leagues as well as the scorekeeper for St. Joseph's High School Basketball for both the boys and girls teams.
Bob was honored for his years of service by the St. Joseph's High School Basketball Program at a half time ceremony at the recent Dec. 30th game.
A life long fan of the Boston Red Sox, he enjoyed attending many games at America's Most Beloved Ballpark. Bob also enjoyed the Three World Championships of the New England Patriots as well as Banner 17 and the Boston Celtics.
Most of all he enjoyed his nieces and nephews and their many academic and athletic accomplishments.
Bob attended St. Joseph's Church and co established the Kevin E. Reilly Memorial Scholarship at St. Joseph High School.
He is survived by his two sisters, Caroline M. "Bonnie" Bresnahan of Pittsfield and Susan Bresnahan Manzon and her husband, Gil Manzon of Sherborn, Ma., as well as his brother John W. Bresnahan and his wife Jane P. Bresnahan of Pittsfield. He is also survived by his nine nieces and nephews, Ben and Grace Manzon, Meaghan Cooper, Liam, Patrick and Norah Bresnahan, Michael, Casey and Courtney DiCicco, and his great nephew Callum Bresnahan.
Funeral Services: A Celebration of Bob's life will begin with calling hours at the Devanny-Condron Funeral Home on Tuesday from 3 to 7. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday morning at 8:15 a.m. from the funeral home followed with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church with the Rev. Msgr. Michael A. Shershanovish, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, memorial donations may be made to either the Kevin E. Reilly Memorial Scholarship Fund or to the Friends of Renal Dialysis, both in care of the funeral home.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 21, 2012
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