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icon Daniel J. Brennan, 82, passed away on Sunday, June 9th surrounded by family. Born to a family of 13 children in Chicago's south side stockyards neighborhood, he attended St. Gabriel's parish school, Quigley Seminary, Loyola University, and Loyola Law School. He is survived by his immediate family, former wife and mother of his children, Theresa Brennan (Villanova, PA); and 10 children: Joe (Julie) Brennan, Wayne, NJ; Sheila Brennan, Villanova, PA; Kevin (Zuly) Brennan, Los Angeles, CA.; Tom (Joan) Brennan, Elmhurst, IL; Mary (late Robert) Calkins; Anne (John) Malec, Chicago, IL; Peter Brennan, Narberth, PA; Nora Brennan (Steve Miller), Wayne, PA; Daniel Brennan, NY, NY, and Neal Brennan, Venice, CA. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren: Caity, Jessica, and Megan Brennan; Michael and Kim Krezwick; Carmen and Daniel Brennan; Jack, Emily and Annie Brennan; Tara and Clare Calkins; Luke and Liam Miller; and Wes Brennan. He is also survived by 10 siblings: Kieran (late Irene), Robert Brennan, Philip (late Betty), Maura Maibuecher (late John), Marguerite Ferrington (John), Brigid Krutek (Don), Noreen Brennan, Paul Brennan, Cathy Bateman (Frank), Jo Rendulic (Gene). His twin brother, Joe, died in childhood; his brother John (Jack) died in 2010. Dan was an uncle to 41 nieces and nephews. Dan spent most of his adult life in Chicago and Wayne, Pennsylvania: working; coaching little league; directing school plays; jogging every morning, and preparing gourmet French meals on Sunday for his family. He joined local school boards to act as a steward for tax payer dollars. He was a founding supporter of A Better Chance (ABC) in Radnor, PA, a program providing educational and family support to high school age teens from poor inner-city families. He passed along his quick-wit, intellectual curiosity, and story-telling to his offspring, with several enjoying successful careers in the entertainment industry. Dan used his law degree to specialize in taxes for multi-national corporations - working for John Bryan at Sara Lee Corporation and Rupert Murdoch at News Corp. He was also employed during his long career by General Telephone, NY, NY; Seeburg Corporation, Chicago, IL; and International Utilities, Philadelphia, PA. The complexity and technical aspects of tax work provided a constant challenge. He thoroughly enjoyed sparring with the Internal Revenue Service. One of the highlights of his 40 year career was testifying before the United States House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee in Washington, DC. Dan was an avid reader and his selections included history, religion, genetics, and theoretical physics. He greatly enjoyed travel, an interest kindled by serving in the United States Coast Guard during the Korean War when his ship, the USS Lansing, traveled to Asia. He was known to his shipmates as "wrong arm,"- operating equipment designed for right handed people with his left-hand. He returned to Chicago shortly after retiring at the age of 62, where he spent the remainder of his life. These years were spent with his children and grandchildren, traveling, taking bike trips, reading, and taking continuing education classes - and advising friends on tax matters. He was a life-long investor and market watcher; he felt stock trading in his later years maintained his mental acuity. In early 2013, Dan moved into the Clare at Water Tower, where he quickly made new friends, and was an avid participant in the "Breakfast Club". The family will be celebrating Dan's memory on Friday, June 21st, from 5:30 pm at Tavern at the Park, located at 130 East Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60601. Relatives and friends are also invited to a visitation on Saturday, June 22nd, beginning at 9:30 AM to be followed by a Memorial Mass at 10:30 AM at Assumption Catholic Church, 323 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Misericordia (www.misericordia.com), St. Gabriel's Parish (www.saintgabes.com), and A Better Chance (www.radnorabc.org/).
Published in Chicago Tribune on June 16, 2013
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