Donald E. Brennan

Donald E., age 78, died at home on August 26, 2013 after a long illness. Mr. Brennan was born and raised in the Bronx. He graduated from St. Anne's Academy in Manhattan and attended Iona College. He earned his B.S. degree from Florida Southern College which he attended on a baseball scholarship. Mr. Brennan signed a major league baseball contract with the Washington Senators. He went on to play baseball in the Boston and Washington Farm Systems. An injury prematurely ended his baseball career. During his 48 years as a resident of Ho-Ho-Kus, Mr. Brennan coached the St. Luke's grammar school basketball teams and the Stan Musial Ho-Ho-Kus Baseball Team. He served as president of the Ho-Ho-Kus Youth Activities Council and was an active member of the Ridgewood Toastmasters Club. Professionally, Mr. Brennan had a long career in promotional advertising. With two others, he founded a New York City advertising agency that featured displays and promoted national brands. Mr. Brennan was a long-time member of Upper Ridgewood Tennis Club, Ridgewood Country Club, and the North Fork Country Club in Cutchogue, Long Island. Mr. Brennan was pre-deceased by his brother Joseph J. Brennan on August 11, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Donna (nee Stahl) and five daughters: Peggy (Henri), Karen (Michael), MaryJane (Van), Terri (John), and Anne, as well as six grandchildren: Kaye, Vaughn, Quinlan, Liam, Duncan, and Declan, and several cousins including Rosemary and William Walker. Mr. Brennan was a parishioner of St. Gabriel the Archangel Church in Saddle River. Cremation was private. A memorial mass will be held at St. Gabriel's on September 14th 2013 at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Valley Hospice, 15 Essex Rd., Suite 301, Paramus, NJ 07652.
Published in The Record on Aug. 31, 2013