OBITUARY

Joseph Frances Brennan

October 8, 1948November 6, 2018
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Joseph Frances Brennan, 70, of Cary, formerly of Philadelphia, PA and Sicklerville, NJ, died Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.

Joe was born October 8, 1948 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Thomas A. Brennan and Eleanor Marie Nowak Brennan. He was a veteran of the US Air Force and was employed with Pep Boys retiring with over 42 years of service. Joe was an avid golfer and enjoyed participating Doo Wop singing group at the Carolina Preserves. He also enjoyed working with special needs children through New Horizons Church in Apex.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Frank, James, Jack and Patrick Brennan.

Joe is survived by his wife of 46 years, Patricia Klein Brennan; son, Shawn Brennan; daughter, Nicole McKenna (Patrick); brother, Robert Brennan; sisters, Eleanor Williams and Eileen Hill; grandchildren, MacKenzie, Connor and Lilo Brennan, and Caesar, Leonardo and Eleanor McKenna.

A memorial service will be held 11am Friday, November 9, 2018 at Apex Funeral Home Chapel, 550 W. Williams Street, Apex, NC 27502. The family will receive friends following the service.

Joe's request was "always keep it in the short grass".

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, American Cancer Society or the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Condolences may be sent to www.ApexFuneral.net

  • FAMILY

  • Joe is survived by his wife of 46 years, Patricia Klein Brennan; son, Shawn Brennan; daughter, Nicole McKenna (Patrick); brother, Robert Brennan; sisters, Eleanor Williams and Eileen Hill; grandchildren, MacKenzie, Connor and Lilo Brennan, and Caesar, Leonardo and Eleanor McKenna. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Frank, James, Jack and Patrick Brennan.
  • DONATIONS

  • Salvation Army, American Cancer Society or the Boys and Girls Club of America

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, November 9, 2018
REMEMBERING

Joseph Frances Brennan

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Dave Dugan

November 12, 2018

I have known Joe since first grade but we really didn't interact until seventh grade.

In seventh grade, Joe and I sat next to each other during the first marking period. It was the most fun I have ever had in school. Joe kept me in stiches. We had so much fun that Sister separated us the next marking period. But we had formed a bond she couldn't separate.

Joe was a fun and funny guy.

Later in high school we were both on the glee club. As many know, Joe did Doo Wop the last year or two as well.

Joe loved music and Joe was a singer.

When we were probably 16 or 17, Joe had us join the Pretzel Park Youth organization. He decided he didn't like the way it was being run, so Joe engineered and executed a "coup" and took over the leadership of the group.

Joe took action and Joe was a leader.

As the most avid golfer most of us ever knew, Joe organized several golf outings in the years since he moved to Cary. I was honored to be included in three of them. At each outing, Joe's primary concern was that everyone was having a good time and enjoying themselves which made these outings some of my fondest memories.

Joe was a caring man.

During our golf outings, Joe offered outstanding tips and advice on golf to any of us who wanted them. He probably took at least 10 strokes off my game over the years.

Joe was a teacher.

While retired, Joe spent a good deal of his time helping troubled kids. Wherever he went, Joe was unfailingly courteous and kind to all he met, often going out of his way to help others.

Joe was the very definition of a good man.

When we were in our teens, several of us were playing touch football at a place called The Pines in Roxborough in Philadelphia. Joe went out for a pass and just as it got to him he ran into a pine tree and dropped the pass. When we ragged on him for dropping the pass he said, "You can always catch another pass but you can't get another Joey." Amen.

Robert Perry

November 10, 2018

Joe was such a great man and a wonderful neighbor. He helped me out with different little projects and did the same for all of his neighbors. He was always so pleasant and kind and was always doing something -- like golfing or fishing or singing or walking dogs. He was a busy man and I enjoyed spending some time with him. I truly miss the man and our thoughts and prayers are for his entire family. God Bless

Jenny Berkley

November 9, 2018

From the Pep Boys family to the Brennan family and friends: our prayers, warm thoughts and condolences. It's sad to imagine a world without Joe in it! My colleague Susan Liefeld-Tresselt and I worked in the same office with Joe in the 2000's, and we remember fondly how each Friday morning (rain, snow or shine), he'd broadcast "On the Way to Cape May." We'd all sing along. It made our day.

Joe was no-nonsense, yet fair and consistently kind. He was much loved. He had so much experience with the company, he was greatly missed once he retired. But he was kind enough to come back to visit when he occasionally returned to Philadelphia.

It gives me much comfort and pleasure to learn from these testimonies what the Brennans' life was like in North Carolina -- singing, helping others, enjoying family and the warmer weather. As Emerson, Lake & Palmer sang, "Ooooh, what a lucky man he was!"

Joel Glassman

November 9, 2018

I am so blessed to have known Joe even if it was for a brief time. We had lots of fun together practicing our doo-wop skit (see pic) about things popular in the 50s that was so successful last year. I will miss him but know that God has a new singer, golfer and helper.

Joel & Harriet Glassman

Alan Rosenddall

November 7, 2018

,Joe . . . kind, considerate, loving, funny, caring - you touched the lives of all of us at TOCS - most especially our "kids". You loved them unconditionally no matter their abilities or disabilities, and they loved you so much right back. Your spirit will be with us always. Our next TOCS program on March 1 & 2, 2019 at New Horizons Fellowship in Apex, will honor and celebrate your life and times with us. We were blessed by your presence. I love you man! YOU WILL BE MISSED!

Pat, we all here for you and hope you will continue as a TOCS family member!

WITH LOVE FROM ALAN ROSEN/IRENE, AND THE ENTIRE TOCS FAMILY.

Sarah Edmondson

November 7, 2018

Joe was a steady and positive presence for everyone at Together on Center Stage. He was always patient and kind with the special-needs individuals. No matter your abilities, your challenges, or your needs, Joe treated you with dignity and respect. He was a vital part of what makes TOCS so special, and he will be missed.

Everyone at TOCS loves Joe, Pat and their family dearly. We are incredibly grateful for all that Joe did for us, and we all deeply appreciate the time we had with him.

Myron & Jane Morgenstern

November 7, 2018

Skit done at Doo Wop Concert June 8, 2018.

John Castellano

November 7, 2018

Joe, I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to have been your friend. You were always willing to give of your time and support to others as you were a kind and loving person. It was a pleasure singing with you in Doo Wop and will continue to feel your presence there.

To Pat and family: may memories of Joe bring you peace and comfort and may God Bless You and give you strength during this difficult time.
We are here for you.....

Your friends
John and Rubyann Castellano

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Joseph Frances Brennan, 70, of Cary, formerly of Philadelphia, PA and Sicklerville, NJ, died Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.

Joe was born October 8, 1948 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Thomas A. Brennan and Eleanor Marie Nowak Brennan. He was a veteran of the US Air Force and was employed with Pep Boys retiring with over 42 years of service. Joe was an avid golfer and enjoyed participating Doo Wop singing group at the Carolina Preserves. He also enjoyed working with special needs children through New Horizons Church in Apex.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Frank, James, Jack and Patrick Brennan.

Joe is survived by his wife of 46 years, Patricia Klein Brennan; son, Shawn Brennan; daughter, Nicole McKenna (Patrick); brother, Robert Brennan; sisters, Eleanor Williams and Eileen Hill; grandchildren, MacKenzie, Connor and Lilo Brennan, and Caesar, Leonardo and Eleanor McKenna.

A memorial service will be held 11am Friday, November 9, 2018 at Apex Funeral Home Chapel, 550 W. Williams Street, Apex, NC 27502. The family will receive friends following the service.

Joe's request was "always keep it in the short grass".

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, American Cancer Society or the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Condolences may be sent to www.ApexFuneral.net