David C. Brenneman
1976 - 2013
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David Cameron Brenneman, resident of Chappaqua, NY, died on August 31, 2013, after a fierce 16-month-long battle with a rare and aggressive form of sarcoma. He was born April 10, 1976 in Natick, Massachusetts, to Ruth and Tom Brenneman. In his short life, David worked hard to realize many dreams. Throughout his academic career, he prided himself on being a true scholar-athlete. He did track, soccer, captained his Natick High School basketball team and continued to run track in college. David earned his B.A., summa cum laude, in International Relations and Russian from Colby College and went on to Yale for his Master's in Slavic Studies and to Harvard Law School for his J.D. Upon graduation, he started working as an attorney for Davis, Polk & Wardwell in Manhattan. Subsequently, he became Vice President at Banc of America. In 2007, David moved to Morgan Stanley, where he loved working for the past six years, most recently as an Executive Director within MS Equity Risk Management. Throughout his battle with cancer, he felt that Morgan Stanley was a true second home to him. David met his wife, Mina Brenneman, at Yale in 1998, and they marked their 11th wedding anniversary on August 24, 2013, the day David was hospitalized at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Even in the final days of his life, David continued to be a doting, gentle and incredibly involved father to his three young children: Will, 8, AJ, 6, and Maggie, 3. He was known to family, friends, colleagues and, lately, the doctors and nurses at MSK as a true gentleman, one with a dry sense of humor and wit, a passion for fine wines and good thrillers, and a lucid grasp of abstract concepts, be they literary, legal or financial. Born to a family of educators, teaching was in his blood, and he was also highly respected for his communication, negotiation and people skills. In April 2013, David was presented with a Courage Award by the Sarcoma Foundation of America, an organization for which David helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for sarcoma research. He lived up to the honor and responsibility of this award to his final breath and never gave up in spirit. Besides his parents, wife, and children, David is survived by this two brothers, Matt Brenneman and Michael Brenneman; grandparents, Richard Brenneman and Anne Cameron; nieces, Cameron and Madelyn; nephew, Tyson; parents-in-law, Margarita Koleva and Todor Nedialkov; sisters-in-law, Jennifer Brenneman and Teodora Nedialkova; brother-in-law, James Fiorile; uncles, Mark, James, Russ and Ron; aunts, Ellen, Patricia, Carol and Jane; numerous cousins, among whom Emily was like a sister to him. He was predeceased by his uncle, Mark Cameron; grandmother, Joan Brenneman; nephew, Austin Brenneman; and grandfather, Douglas Cameron. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 4, 4-8 PM at Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home, 288 East Main St., Mt. Kisco, NY 10549. A private cremation will be held the following day. At a later date, there will be a memorial celebration of David's life, details to be announced. In lieu of flowers, it was David's wish that any potential donations be made to The Brenneman Children Fund: www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/zfm2

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Published in MetroWest Daily News on Sep. 3, 2013.
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Harvey Goldblatt
September 18, 2013
To our Brenneman family in Massachusetts.
This recent news has saddened all of us when we learned of David's death. Our sympathy to all at this difficult time.

The Connecticut Brenneman family.
Barbara Brenneman
September 18, 2013
I had the honor and the pleasure of meeting Mr Brenneman and participating to his care when he came at the Mount Sinai Medical Center seeing his sarcoma-doctor, and as a researcher, he was for me a great example of bravery, selflessness and strength of spirit. I was proud to meet him during his therapeutic course.
September 16, 2013
Dear Brenneman Family, Mina and sweet children, We have not met you, but we are friends of Jen's sister in law Megan. My heart is incredibly heavy for you. I wanted to share a poem that helped me when my brother passed at the age of 22. It helped me and I hope it does the same for you every time you see a butterfly. The Butterfly Poem: A butterfly lights up beside me. And for a brief moment, its beauty and glory belong to our world. But then it flies on again, and although we wish it could have stayed, we feel so lucky to have seen it. We wish you comfort, peace, love and eventual joy again. God Bless. The Annino Family in CT.
Dina Annino
September 10, 2013
To the Brenneman Family: Sadly, I never met your husband; I just found out we both work at the same firm, and live in the same town, with both of our youngest children now starting at the same preschool. From what I have read and heard about him from colleagues, he was a professional and a gentleman. Our family's deepest sympathy for your loss, and our hope that your realize that your are not alone.
Riz Hussain
September 7, 2013
I too was treated @Sloan for LMS. Your husband sounds like an amazing man and I salute him for his perservance in fighting this disease. Also to his colleagues who raised so much money for sarcoma research, thank you.
You & your family are in my prayers I am so sorry.
Miriam Gillies
September 7, 2013
Dear beloved Brenneman families, as the word of your tragic loss makes its way through our families, we are stricken with sadness. So many of us have come to know so many of the Brenneman family over the years.
Our tears and prayers are with you.
Judy and Don Petrone and clan
September 5, 2013
Dear Brenneman Family, Mina and children: The stunningly tragic news is hard to absorb. Russian professors at Colby College remember David vividly and send our heartfelt condolences to all of you. Julie de Sherbinin
September 5, 2013
To the entire Brenneman Family,
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. although I did not know David, he seemed like an amazing man with much Character and Integrity. He also seemed to have touch many people in his lifetime. My sincere Sympathy to his wife and three very young Children as well as his entire family. My Thoughts and Prayers to all of you.
Sharon Kutz
September 4, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about David's passing.
Maureen Sullivan
September 4, 2013
My heart is heavy to hear this news. Many hugs to his family as they learn to move forward without their bright shining star.
michelle howard
September 4, 2013
Dear Tom and Ruth,

My heart goes out to you and your entire family for the tragic loss of your dear son David. I send you my prayers and deepest sympathy.
Carroll Mullahy Hanson
September 4, 2013
We mourn as David's body is leaving us. But we are comforted by the thought that his spirit will always stay with us through the love of all the people he touched. And we can see it shine through his wonderful children. What a beautiful, strong spirit it is! Viva, David Brenneman!
Una Belau
September 4, 2013
David sounds like a wonderful, brilliant person. My heart goes out to you and your family at this unimaginable loss.
Beverly Hilliard
September 4, 2013
My heartfelt condolences for the loss of your loved one. May your treasured memories and the drawing close to God in prayer help bring you comfort in this time of sorrow. Jeremiah 29: 12, 13
September 4, 2013
I am extremely saddened for your lose and that of your family. My prayers are with you.
Your friend,
Bob Chute
Robert Chute
September 4, 2013
My sincerest sympathies on the loss of your beloved Son, Husband and Father. May the memories you share of this truely accomplished young man, help you thru this most dificult time and beyond. He is no longer in pain but at peace.
Marion Allinson Gagnon
September 3, 2013
Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Marcia and Scott king
September 3, 2013
I am so terribly sorry for your loss...what an incredible life he lived.
Chris Symonds Tavares
Christine Tavares
September 3, 2013
Tom, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Marcia Sherman Perna (Dedham,MA)
September 3, 2013
My thoughts and prayers to your family.
Richard Barber
September 3, 2013
Tom, my deapest sympathies for your loss.
Tom Bamford
September 3, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Ruth and Tom, and all your family. You can be so proud of a son who made such a glorious impact on everyone around him, family, friends and colleagues, in his shortened time in this world.
Anita Sellew
September 3, 2013
Dear Tom and family, On behalf of the Natick High class of 1968, please accept our condolences, on the loss of your son David, after his valiant struggle with cancer. He had accomplished so much in such a short time, and your family must have been very proud of him, including the dignity with which he faced this battle with cancer. Keep the fond memories close to your hearts as you work through these difficult times.
Ken Fitzgerald
September 3, 2013
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
The O'Reilly Family
September 3, 2013
Sincere Condolences. What an accomplished young man. NHS Class of 1968
Karen Coffey
September 3, 2013
Tom, what a wonderful, wonderful son. God Bless you in getting through this loss. Thinking of you, and remembering the Natick that you helped give to others in your career. I've kept in touch with you so to speak through my sister Joan Ahern. Joe Connolly NHS '68
September 3, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sadness.
janet trubiano
September 3, 2013
You have my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your dear husband. God has loving concern for bereaved ones, so I pray that he strengthens and comforts your family through this difficult time. (Psalm 146:5, 9)
September 3, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Kathy Daly
Kathy Daly
September 3, 2013
Dear Tom and family,
My deepest sympathy for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May it help you to know that David is at peace and that he will live on through his children and his love that will always be with you.
With sympathy and friendship,
Marilyn Oxman LaBossiere
Marilyn Oxman LaBossiere
September 3, 2013
May David's good deeds and cherished memory ease the pain of those who grieve his untimely passing.

— Harvey Goldblatt
September 3, 2013
Dearest Mina, Will, AJ, Maggie and Family,
We are thinking of you at this time of unfathomable loss and sorrow. May you be filled with strength at this difficult time, and may David's beautiful, loving, kind and caring spirit surround you and be with you always.
With our deepest sympathy and great love for all of you,
Géraldine, Peer, Leonard and Amélie Fiss
Géraldine Fiss
September 2, 2013
Thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers.

Sarah and Nick Babcox
Sarah Babcox
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