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WILLIAM A. BRENNAN

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William A. Brennan July 18, 1926 Mar. 27, 2012 Resident of Castro Valley CA He was the epitome of a devoted son, husband and father. Born and raised in the Bay Area he attended San Leandro High School where he was class President and an Eagle Scout. In 1944 he enlisted in the US Army and was part of the Air Reconnaissance Division during WWII. "How we made it" he said many times "I'll never know". Returning from the Service he attended San Jose State Univ. where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Business and married the love of his live Mardelle in 1948. Bill went to work for Habenicht & Howlett Glass Co in San Francisco where he became President and CEO; he retired in 1993 after 45 years. During his career he also served as President of San Francisco Rotary, Past Mason Masonic Lodge, Shriner, Native Son and member Sigma Chi Fraternity. He and Mardelle also enjoyed golfing and social events at Castlewood and Sequoyah Country Clubs with their family. In retirement the Brenan's moved from Castro Valley to Murphy's CA where they enjoyed the leisurely lifestyle of the Mother Lode golfing and traveling with many dear friends. Bill took loving care of Mardelle until her passing in 2009. They were married 61 years. His smile and personality lit up the room. Bill never met a stranger and loved to tell jokes and stories. Particularly his escapades with his San Leandro buddies, how me met Mardelle and stole her away form her beau, and the many pranks and fun with their friends when they were together. He lived and loved a good time! Bill met tough situations head on with a strong and positive attitude. He had courage, wisdom honesty, strength, practicality and a great sense of humor to balance it all out. He is admired for his strong character and generous heart. He showed us courage in the face of adversity. A wonderful husband, father and provider, he is forever in our hearts. We thank you for the lessons and the memories a day does not go by we don't think of you and miss you. Bill is survived by his children: Cynthia, Patrick and Nancy, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. At his request, no service was held. A private family Interment has taken place at Chapel of the Chimes Oakland Ca.
Published in Inside Bay Area on Mar. 2, 2013
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