Rev. Daniel B. Brunton
1935 - 2021
BORN
1935
DIED
2021
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Springfield, MA
Rev. Daniel B. Brunton, age 86, passed away peacefully on Nov 24, 2021 at Chicopee Gardens. He was born in Springfield on June 15, 1935 to the late Thomas M. and Grace (Noone) Brunton. He studied classics and philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA and completed priesthood studies at St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore. Father Brunton was ordained on May 28, 1960 at St. Michael’s Cathedral, Springfield. He served as an assistant at St. Charles Parish, Pittsfield, from 1960-1968, and at St. Patrick Parish, South Hadley, from 1968-1970. He was elected to the priest senate on Oct. 27, 1969, for a three-year term. Father Brunton served as chaplain at Mercy Hospital in Springfield from 1970-1972. He served as an assistant at Holy Cross Parish in Springfield from 1973-1979. Father Brunton was named pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Springfield on March 17, 1979 and served there until Aug. 11, 1982. He was then in residence at St. Patrick Parish, South Hadley, and served part-time at the diocesan Tribunal until May 11, 1987. Later he served as pastor of St. Ann Parish in Lenox, and administrator of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Lenox Dale, until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2000. During retirement, he served as spiritual director of the Apostolate of the Suffering and the Catholic Woman’s Club of Springfield. He also served on the Presbyteral Council from 2015-2017 and on the College of Consultors from 2015-2020. He leaves one brother Raymond Brunton of Springfield and many nieces and nephews. Daniel was predeceased by three brothers, Thomas, William and John and one sister Winifred Brunton. Reverend Daniel B. Brunton will lie in state on Mon, Nov 29, 2021 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church 395 Chestnut St. Springfield with a vigil service to take place at 7 p.m. Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Reverend William D. Byrne, Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, on Tues, Nov 30, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Springfield. The rite of committal and burial will follow at St Michael Cemetery 1601 State St. Springfield. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Church Renovation Fund 395 Chestnut St. Springfield, MA 01104.

Published by The Republican from Nov. 26 to Nov. 28, 2021.
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Nov
29
Lying in State
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Sacred Heart Church
395 Chestnut Street, SPRINGFIELD, MA
Nov
29
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7:00p.m.
Sacred Heart Church
395 Chestnut St, Springfield, MA
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30
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10:00a.m.
Sacred Heart Church
395 Chestnut Street, SPRINGFIELD, MA
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I worked as housekeeper for Fr. Brunton for 9 years, and was saddened by his passing. He was a wonderful and caring man, always putting others first. We had great times decorating the rectory at Christmas and Halloween for friends and families of the parish. We wrote "Annie's Corner" together for many years for the parish news letter, with his dog Annie Kelly as the star. He will be greatly missed , but I know he is at peace and is happy. The love for his family was always so evident, I wish you all, hope, health, and happiness.
Kathleen Turner
December 7, 2021
dear Brunton family please accept our condolences he was a loving warm part of all of our lives marilyn and nabih nejaime
Marilyn Nejaiime
Friend
December 2, 2021
Our family sends prayers to Fr. Brunton´s family. He was a friend from when he was at St. Charles and I cherish the picture at our wedding in 1962. He´ll be missed by so many!
Debbie Dwyer
Friend
December 2, 2021
Dan and I were at Cathedral together, Holy Cross together, St.Mary's Seminary together and were ordained together in 1960. A good man, a good priest, a good life. Dan was greatly loved and respected by the people he served.
Neal Smith
November 30, 2021
I'm sorry for your loss. Father Brunton was an outstanding priest, and a family friend. Many years ago, he married my wife and me. We send our sympathies. May he rest in peace.
Paul Boudreau
Friend
November 29, 2021
Fr. Brunton was a true human being with kindness and love he showed for all. He was a dear true friend to my family, was always there to guide you with an upbeat personality, a great sense of humor, always an upbeat spirit. We love you and you will be forever in our hearts, soar high with the angels. Lynn Kenney (Lucia)
Lynn Kenney
November 29, 2021
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Bob brunton
November 29, 2021
Father Dan was always there for me through the good times and the bad times. There is no way to thank Fr Dan for all he did for me. I will miss our sarcastic remarks to each other and laughs. Rest In Peace Fr Dan you earned it.
Teresa Romeo
November 29, 2021
I grew up with Fr. Dan on Hungry Hill! So sorry for his loss, condolences to his family!
Claudette (Hamel)Tarsa
Friend
November 29, 2021
Raymond and family, so very sorry for your loss. Fr. Brunton was so well liked and respected by all of our Lenox community. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Gary Lagarce
November 29, 2021
I´ll never forget the ministry of Fr. Brunton to the residents of Mt. St. Vincent Nursing Home, including my Dad. Fr. Dan brought the joy and love of Christ to everyone there. He knew each patient, family member and staff person by name. At Mass every Sunday, he spoke words of healing and hope to the residents. His was an extraordinary ministry. Rest In Peace, Fr. Dan.
Sr. Mary Johnson
November 28, 2021
To all Fr.Dan´s family our thoughts and prayers are with you all.. New Dan from Pittsfield he was a great friend and member of our family. He´ll be missed. All our love and prayers.
Ann Marie (Stanger) Juda
Friend
November 28, 2021
A true man of God who was unwavering in his service and love for everyone he met. Father "B" was kind and gentle, most generous of heart and a true friend - rare and precious. I´m happy he is now in the company of Angels and the Lord reaping the rewards of a life well lived. Thank you, Father B
Beth Stroshine
Friend
November 28, 2021
There was not a kinder or funnier soul. His ministry to our Residents brought joy and peace. His ministry to my Family will never be forgotten. RIP I'm so very grateful to have had you as a friend
Kathee Buell McEwan
Friend
November 28, 2021
We will always love and remember you!! We miss you!!
The Santos Family
Friend
November 27, 2021
Father Brunton was a great priest and man of God. He was a generous and faith filled person. His personality endeared him to many across many generations. May he rest in peace in God's light. The Sheehan family Lenox Dale
The Sheehan family
November 27, 2021
So sorry for your loss.
Paul & Tracy Dubuc
November 27, 2021
Fr.B was one of a kind for sure. I took Daniel for my confirmation name after him. He was loved by so many, such a kind and gentle man. When I was little he would say Mass in our living room. Such a longtime family friend. He will be deeply missed but such a blessing he is no longer suffering. There will never be another like him. My sympathy to his family.
Johanna Speight Trainor
Friend
November 27, 2021
Please accept our sincere condolences.
Lenox Police Department
November 27, 2021
He wa# a True Priest!
Alice Jester.
November 27, 2021
To: the Brunton Family and relatives: So sorry to hear of Fr. Brunton's passing...We were honored to have known him when he served as pastor @ St. Ann's parish years ago...He was such a good-natured and truly caring and compassionate soul...He helped us with our sons when they were young teenagers..always great words of wisdom...Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time...................Sincerely, Russell & Nancy Davis
nancy davis
Other
November 27, 2021
Sorry to learn of Fr. Brunton´s passing. He was a source of help to us during the sickness and passing of my wife, Anne Marie. He was a modest, humble man, who probably never realized how appreciated he was by those who knew him. He did the work of the Lord. Sincerely, Bill Fitzgerald
Bill Fitzgerald
Friend
November 26, 2021
Fr. Brunton was an inspiration to me as a young and rookie altar boy. He guided me with gentle instruction because he was a gentle man. God bless you Fr. B.
Jimmy Schwartz
Friend
November 26, 2021
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