Stephen Frank Brennan
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Stephen Frank Brennan passed away on June 3rd at his home in Reno, NV. His family surrounded Steve and he fought hard to the very end. He was an amazing husband, father, brother, and friend to so many. He had several nicknames from those who knew him: Dad, Stever, Stevo, Stevie, and Papa Bear. "The Stever" had an amazing ability with people. He could connect, touch your heart, encourage, inspire, or make you feel his love in an instant. Papa Bear will be remembered for his tremendous enthusiasm and energy that he brought to every aspect of his life.
Stevie grew up in Orange County, CA. The Kraemer/Brennan family raised him with love. They taught him the importance of family, the value of hard work, and living life to the fullest. He went to Mater Dei High School where he was a football star, helping the Monarchs win the CIF Championship his senior year. He was awarded a scholarship to San Jose State University. At SJSU he was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity and formed life long friendships with many he encountered during his time there. Most importantly during that time he met his best friend, love of his life, and now wife of 43 years, Beth Nicolai.
Steve and Beth gave everything they had raising their four kids and building a network of friends that stretched from coast to coast and beyond. The "South Bay" group of friends formed when they were young and newly married. The Christmas Parties and St. Patrick's Day Fiesta's were the stuff of legend. Stevo loved his time with the "Donner Party" crew, a special group of people from the Peninsula that he's loved for years and years. His family time at Grandma Bev's beach house and Kraemer Firecracker Opens was dearest to his heart. Relationships to Stevie were so important. It was common for Steve's business relationships to turn into meaningful friendships. Dad has people that love him in every city and state. Steve also had tremendous respect for people of service, military, police, fire, etc. Steve and Beth's own commitment to serving and supporting "The Ronald McDonald House" has lasted over 30 years and touched many lives in need of love and support. The Stever was a giver in every sense of the word.
Words cannot express the sadness felt far and wide by his passing. This man was magic. The effort he extended for family and friends was unprecedented. Steve's love of the "Final, Final" was his way of extending the fun, and getting the most out of the moment. We will miss his big smile, big hugs, and big personality that energized every setting he walked into. Thank you for teaching us how to love, laugh, and live. You truly are one of a kind. We love you bigger than the sky!
There will be a Celebration of his Life Tuesday, June 10th at 11:00 am at Our Lady Of The Snows Catholic Church. Donations on Steve's behalf can be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Reno, NV.
Mountain View Mortuary
425 Stoker Avenue
Reno, NV 89513
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on June 9, 2014