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.