Brennan, William "Buffalo Bill"
William "Buffalo Bill" Brennan. 74 years old. Friend of many. Ephraim, Ireland, Green Bay, Chicago, Milwaukee, Sheboygan.
Husband, Father, Stepfather, Grandfather, Brother, Mentor, Coach, Comedian, Saveur, Sailor, Salesmen, Footballer, Boater, Alpine Skier, Hot-Air Balloonist, Advisor, Fashion Consultant, Eagle Scout, Politician, and Maestro.
Buffalo Bill, born in 1939 to Maurice and Peggy Brennan. Raised on Kellogg Street in Green Bay with younger brothers Dan and Tim (Marilyn); the Brennan Boys had reputations for fun. Tim and Marilyn shared a lifelong connection with Bill. Buffalo Bill had a strong positive effect on many people throughout life. Attending Catholic Central High School and St. Norbert's College where he made a noticeable impact. He was a good football player receiving scholarships to Iowa State and St. Norbert's, choosing to stay close to home at St. Norbert's and marry Katherine Hockers during a blizzard in 1959. Buffalo Bill was a supportive and attentive father of sons Quinn and Louis. Bill was an active participant in the seventies, spending long summers on his boat, the Sinn Fein, on Andersen Dock in Ephraim. The fun caught up with the Buffalo and he gave up drinking; he recently celebrated 35+ years of sobriety. Bill was a supporter and advisor to many friends in need.
Bill married soul-mate, true-love and dance partner Jean Pamperin in a surprise wedding ceremony during their St. Patrick's Day party in 1986. They've had over thirty years of romantic fun, surprising achievements, and wonderful adventure. Jean's existing family became Bill's family. Buffalo Bill played an active role in the lives of Mary Jo and Jim White, Jennifer Geisel and Tim Tegen, Julie and Dennis Murphy, Marcus and Faye Belschner and Michelle and Greg Libert. Many grandchildren surrounded, supported and hung-on every word of Buffalo Bill. - Anna, Alex, Derek, Tony, Tim, Nick, Jackie, Andrew, Noah, Abby and Ryan.
The Buff's grandsons, Jack and Connor Brennan, sons of Quinn and Suzanne, have many fond memories of unusual adventures, unlikely activities and a magnetic character. Buffalo enjoyed visiting them in Philadelphia and later in Door County to spend quality time with his boys. He was very interested in Jack & Connor's athletic activities and spending summers at the Pearl cottage on Eagle Harbor in Ephraim.
Buffalo Bill was the ultimate salesmen, starting off in the lucrative 60's adhesive tape business moving to plastics packaging in the 70/80s, finally joining Jean as business manager in the fashion apparel industry. Bill and Jean enjoyed business success as well as a very rewarding life partnership.
Buffalo Bill's zest for life included a continual positive outlook and enthusiasm to "charge-on" after life's hurdles. This served him well. His ability to form a positive connection with any person of any age of any circumstance was magical and affected the lives of many people. He touched many.
William Maurice Brennan passed peacefully on Feb 12th after a short illness at Sheboygan's St. Nicholas Hospital under the expert and understanding care of Dr. Francisco Soto, MD. The family wishes to extend sincere thanks and commendations to the professionals at St. Nicks.
Friends may call at Old St. Joseph Catholic Church on the St. Norbert College Campus, 123 Grant St, De Pere, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. Jay Fostner O.Praem officiating. Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
In lieu of flowers, other expressions of sympathy would be appreciated.
Blaney Funeral Home
1521 Shawano Ave. Green Bay, WI 54303
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Feb. 16 to Feb. 22, 2014