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Brendan O'Leary

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Brendan O'Leary Obituary
Captain Brendan Michael OLeary was tragically lost at sea on April 25, 2012. Brendan is survived by his wife, Kate OLeary, his three children, Seamus, Connor, and Mea, his parents, Capt. Douglas and Judith (Goodwin) OLeary, his sister Tara (OLeary) ODonovan, his niece Keira ODonovan, and many loving cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. Brendan was the nephew of the late Capt. Steven W. Goodwin and the grandson of the late Webster and Betty Goodwin and the late John F. and Beatrice OLeary. An integral fixture in the town he adored, Brendan was a graduate of Marblehead High School, Class of 1981. Our Brendan will be most remembered for his wit, graciousness, charisma, and the light he brought into so many peoples lives. As an avid golfer and skilled hockey player, Brendan utilized every moment as an opportunity to enjoy life and bring happiness to those around him. His infectious smile, affection for others, and intuitive nature easily connected him with any and all whom he met. Employed by Reinauer Transportation Company for nearly 26 years, Brendan served as a tugboat Captain, leader and mentor. His dedication to his family and the town he loved so dearly was only equated by his love and connection to the ocean. Brendan was able to live within a beautiful harmony of his two loves. his family and the ocean. On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, Brendan was reported missing from the New York-based tugboat, the Stephen-Scott, which initiated a search conducted by the Coast Guard. His body was recovered on May 5th off the coast of Montauk Point, N.Y. Brendan was a devoted and loving father, husband, son, uncle, and friend to all and he will be terribly missed. His courage, dedication, love for life, and commitment to his family and his work will forever be remembered as we honor Brendans spirit and the beautiful life he lived. A memorial mass will be held in Brendans honor at St. John the Evangelist Church, 174 Humphrey Street, Swampscott on Friday, June 1 at 4:00PM, followed by a celebration of life at the Gerry 5 in Marblehead. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Brendan OLeary Family Fund at the National Grand Bank, Attn. Kelly Cook, 91 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. Arrangements by the Eustis and Cornell Funeral Home, Marblehead. Please visit the online guestbook at www.eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com

Published in The Marblehead Reporter from May 8 to May 15, 2012
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