GLOUCESTER, Mass. — James John Brennan, 85, husband of Margery (Metziger) Brennan, of Gloucester, passed away on Monday, June 12, 2012, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.
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Born in Rochester, N.H. on May 26, 1927, son of the late James A. and Pauline (Dubois) Brennan.
Jim was a graduate of Spaulding High School with the Class of 1945 and graduate of the University of New Hampshire with his Bachelor's degree in 1957 and later his Master's in History from UNH. He had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a radio operator.
Jim had taught for 30 years at the Gloucester High School and was well respected and admired by his students and peers. Throughout his life, he loved to travel, hike in the White Mountains and go deep sea fishing. He also held a Mess digger license and enjoyed the peacefulness of the local clam flats. He and Marge enjoyed going to the theater and saw everything that came out in the movie theaters. He loved Gloucester, its beaches and enjoyed walking by Braces Cove, out on the dog bar or along the boulevard.
In addition to his wife Marge, he is survived by his son, James J. Brennan of Montague, Mass.; his daughter, Martha Brennan of Wenham; granddaughters, Rachael and Anna Brennan of Montague, and Madeleine and Julia Hines of Wenham; a brother, Brian P. Brennan of Rochester, N.H.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his siblings, June B. McCarthy, Thomas J. Brennan, Mary A. Kelly and J. Richard Brennan.
A memorial service will be held in July.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Ave., Gloucester, Mass. 01930.
Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Fosters from June 13 to June 14, 2012