William E. Brennen Sr.
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BRENNEN, WILLIAM E., SR., 81 - of Marmora. Bill's journey ended on August 25, 2007 as he passed from this world to the next. Bill was born on May 16, 1926 in Philadelphia, PA. At the age of 12, he came to Ocean City to live with his dear aunt, Lillian DeHart. Bill was anxious to join the war movement and, at 17, he left high school to enlist in the Navy. Bill was proud to have served his country and was a former member of the Corbin City VFW and a current member of the American Legion. Bill was best known in the Ocean City area for his expertise in the piling business. Bill owned and operated the William Brennen & Son Piling Company for more than 50 years. Bill's passion in life was stock car racing. And his true love was the #5 stock car. Bill raced from Vermont to Maryland. He had many top drivers racing his car, including his son, Billy. In 2001 he earned a life-time achievement award at The National Old Timers' Auto Racing Club. And on Saturday, August 25, 2007, at the Bridgeport track, the flag flew at half-mast. He is predeceased by his loving companion, Clara, and the mother of his children, Doris. He leaves behind his daughter Carol Ann Caponiti, his son, William E. Brennen, Jr., his foster daughter, Patty Givens, his foster son, Eddie Givens, his stepson, Ricky Wynkoop, his stepdaughter, Janet Cook. Also surviving are his 13 grandchildren and his great grandchildren. In celebration of Bill's life journey, please feel free to share your favorite photos of Bill's racing career with his family and friends at the services. His Funeral Service will be offered Wednesday Morning at 11 O'clock from The Godfrey Funeral Home of Palermo, 644 South Shore Road, Palermo, where friends may call from ten O'clock until the time of service. Burial will follow in Cape May County Veterans Cemetery, Cape May Court House. The family suggests those who desire send memorial contributions to Disabled American Veterans, attn: Gift Processing, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. To email condolences, visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.

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Published in The Press of Atlantic City from Aug. 31 to Sep. 2, 2007.
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September 5, 2007
Bill Brennen with his 1st grand-daughter, Cindy, back in August 1970
PopPop,
I'm sorry I couldn't be there to say goodbye. I'm grateful that my children, husband and I got to visit with you last July. It was probably the best visit we'd had with you in a long time. I know you are at peace now. Take care till I see you again.
Love,
Cindy

Mom, I'm thinking of you and sending my prayers to you. I love you! Cindy

P.S. This is my favorite picture of me with PopPop when I was 2 back in 1970.
Cindy Frey
September 2, 2007
hey bill, i'm going to miss ya and all the fun we had on sundays[watching the race] at patty's house.you were a great person.
sarah wence
August 31, 2007
Bill was one of the good guys you meet in life.I had some good times racing with Bill. I will never forget this one good guy.
David Keene
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