William Thomas Brennan
May 18, 1958 – November 1, 2018
William Thomas Brennan was born on May 18, 1958 in Orlando Florida. He passed away on All Soul’s Day, in El Paso, Texas on November 1, 2018. He graduated from Austin High School class of 1976 and UTEP. Tommy, was a life long teacher to everyone around him. He survived a horrible car accident in 1979. It left him in a coma. The doctors said he would not survive. Not only did he survive but went on to graduate from UTEP and passed his teaching exams. Tommy was very popular because of his charisma and charm. He never spoke badly of people and was a lover not a hater. If you asked him ‘how you doing “ he would answer ‘Super Fantastic” and if you wished him Happy Birthday on his birthday he would tell you “Everyday is my Birthday” He always looked on the brighter side of life even when things were not going so well for him. He helped anyone around him. He loved football especially the Dallas Cowboys. He worked for his brother’s Law office. Tommy was also an actor for the KLAQ haunted house. He played Bad Santa, a part that he was very good at. He also was an extra in a movie RX Sin Receta his friend Cyndi Ramirez. He is survived by his sons, Jacob Thomas Brennan and William Kevin Brennan. His grandchildren, Juliette and Dylan Brennan, His sisters Susan Dubow (Brad Dubow) and Cathy Morris and brothers Michael Brennan (Porny Brennan) and Harold Brennan. Also survived by several nephews and nieces. He is proceeded in death by his father and mother James and Susana Brennan and brother James M. Brennan. Visitation, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 pm at Hillcrest Funeral Home West. Funeral Services: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
- Visitation Tuesday, November 6, 2018
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, November 7, 2018
William Thomas Brennan
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November 7, 2018
I had the privilege of meeting Tommy and James in elementary school. We grew up in the same Logan Heights neighborhood and my sister Sandy was also friends with Susie, their sister.
We would hang out at the Park up the street after school and just had a blast! After Tommy's accident I would run into him and as everyone knows he was quite the charmer. He would take my hand and kiss it and say, "Chula Lynda como estas". I also got a chance to visit with him about three weeks before his passing. I asked him how he was doing and you know Tommy, he said everything was great. To Tommy's family I lift you in prayer during this difficult time and know that Tommy is now at peace and in the hands of our Lord.
November 5, 2018
Here is a memory shared by a neighbor and friend Mary Franklin: I love this picture of your brother Tommy (as how I knew him) at Austin High School we called him William.
We had known each other for years as our Moms were great friends.
He was in my English class in the fall of 1975. Our classroom was in the basement and it had a separate small room for a teacher’s office.
Our teacher drank quite a bit. When he was done giving the assignment, he would leave the main part of the room and go into his office, close the door and I assume continue to drink or sleep.
Some football players pushed the desk in front of the office with our teacher inside laughing the whole time.
Seemed like a silly prank until one of them put the book and notebooks in the trash can and started it on fire 🔥.
At first it was just the trash can and then it got really big. In the basement the ceilings were low. The fire caught on to the ceiling and then the wall. All within less than 2 minutes! There was only one exit and our teacher was barricaded in the office!
The room started to fill with smoke. Your brother took his jacket and started to smother the fire 🔥 🔥🔥🔥. He risked his life for us.
Not one of those guys helped him. He put it out all by himself.
Then he moved the barricade from the office and pulled out our teacher who was overwhelmed with smoke inhalation.
He never said a word during the fire. He never called anyone bad names, didn’t criticize, never cussed or anything.
He just stood up tall and did what he had to do to save people.
I will never forget that ever. In 1975 there were no smoke alarms or overhead fire sprinklers.
He saved our lives.
God Bless The Soul Of William Thomas Brennan. Such a very good, courageous and kind man. ❤️🙏
November 4, 2018
Dearest Brennan family:
I had the honor of knowing Tommy he was a kind man. His legacy continues through his family of which we are very proud of. May God rest your soul and give peace and protection over the family.
November 4, 2018
Tommy I will miss you especially you're kindness, you have always impressed me with your knowledge wisdom and great speaking abilities, especially you're quotes, I hope that they play you're favorite song hey jude by the beatles, for the Brennan family sorry for you're great loss
November 3, 2018
William Thomas Brennan used to work at his brother, James M, Brennan's law office. He was very happy working side by side with his older brother. Those two had a special place in each other's heart. They are now reunited and having a great time catching up. Peace be with both of my awesome brothers!