John J. "Jack" Brennan, 84, of Aurora, CO, died peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, in the skilled nursing facility at St. Andrew's Village in Aurora, CO, surrounded by his loving family. Jack was born June 28, 1928, in Somerville, MA, the youngest son of Thomas and Sarah Brennan. At an early age he moved with his family to The Bronx, New York City, where he met the love of his life, Florence Marie Thompson. They both graduated from St. Nicholas of Tolentine High School, and they married at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in The Bronx on May 12, 1951. Jack attended Iona College before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1951. He served in the Korean Conflict, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant and earning numerous citations and commendations including the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Jack had a long and successful career in sales and advertising. In 1967 he was named vice president and national sales manager for WGN Continental Broadcasting Co. and moved with his family to the Chicago area. In 1975 Jack was named director of operations for the company's KWGN-TV Channel 2 in Denver and moved to Colorado. Jack was well known for his sharp wit, his love of his family and his devotion to his wife. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Florence, of Aurora; his children, Claire (Ray) Jeffries and sons Raymond and Sean (MD); Barbara (James) Ball and daughters, Shevon and Lauren and Lauren's son Gavin (IL); John (Julie) Brennan Jr. and children David and Amanda (Fort Morgan); and David (Suzanne) Brennan and sons Jack and Frank (Englewood); a sister-in-law, Dolores Thompson, and a niece, Susan Thompson (NY); and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Steven, Thomas, Sally, Patricia and Kathy. Cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering and celebration of Jack's life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at St. Andrew's Village, 10381 E. Yale Ave. in Aurora. A private ceremony will be held at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Share memories and condolences at HoranCares.com.
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Published in Denver Post on Nov. 24, 2012