John Francis Brennan III

July 22, 1923October 25, 2013

John F. Brennan, 90, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on October 25, 2013. He was born in Kearny, NJ on July 22, 1923, son of the late John and Catherine (Higgins) Brennan. John was faithful to and honored his country by actively serving for five years in the US Navy during WWII and later joined the US Air Force and served an additional two years. He served in the Pacific Theatre during WWII and also saw action in the European Theatre of Operations. John was proud to be a veteran and one could witness his devotion to the military by the WWII Veterans hat he always wore. John always expressed his gratitude for the appreciation shown by a country that considered him part of the greatest generation in its history. After his military career he worked for American Can Company in New Jersey for 30 years until his retirement. John was a devout Catholic and attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bloomfield, NJ. John was well known and respected by his many friends he came to know during his life in Bloomfield. Zak, his four legged canine friend, looked forward to John s visits to Stobb s Printing Shop, where he accompanied him on his daily errands. While visiting Evelyn and Gayle at the printing shop, his good friend Chris Markham would always greet John as Veteran . John was loved by his family and friends for his outgoing personality, wit and charm. He was known by all for his infectious smile as his parents and sisters referred to him as their Smiling Jack. He flew down from NJ to Jacksonville in July to celebrate his 90th birthday with his family and close friends. Uncle John was thrilled to have such a grand celebration of his life. Let us not forget the apples of his eye were his great nieces, Caroline, Catherine and great nephew Stephen. They too adored their great Uncle John. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his sister, Eileen Joan Brennan and a brother-in-law Oscar H. Bonner. Surviving him are his dear sister, Elizabeth Lil Bonner, cherished nieces, Eileen (Tom) Bain, Colleen (Steve) Frick, great nieces and nephews, Caroline F. Harby (William), Catherine E. Bain, Stephen A. Frick Jr. (Olivia), and cousin Eileen B. Goldman (Mike). He will be missed by special friends Evelyn Padalino, Gayle Tunstead, Lonnie Leonardo, Cookie Lake, Paul Sant Ambrogio, Joanne Murch and many other dear friends in Bloomfield. Our appreciation extends out to the physicians and staff on the 4th floor at St. Vincent s Riverside Hospital for their professional care and concern and the outstanding visiting staff from St. Vincent s Home Health Care Department. The family also wants to thank the staff for the wonderful treatment and support he was given at the Earl B. Hadlow Care Center Hospice. Finally, our gratitude to Dr. Jesus Pulido, Dr. C. Robledo and Mary Elliott for their special care. A Mass of celebration will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at San Jose Catholic Church, 3619 Toledo Road, Jacksonville, FL 32217. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery. Fr. Greg Fay will officiate. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 4115 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at Please Sign the Guestbook @


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 30, 2013

John Francis Brennan III

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted

Mike Casey

November 9, 2013

Mr. Brennan,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served during WW II and also for being a member of the Greatest Generation. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy,

October 31, 2013

With deepest sympathy to the Brennan Family.

May the Hearer of Prayer (Psalm 83:18) give you strength, courage and peace in your time of sorrow (Psalm 65:2). And may you always cherish the wonderful memories of tome spent with him.


October 30, 2013

There is no doubt that Mr. John Brennan was a special person and much loved. I did not have the opportunity to meet Mr. Brennan in person. However, I knew of him through conversations at Mixed Company with his sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Bonner, and her daughters, Eileen and Colleen, who are also very special individuals. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Brennan's family during this time.

My Deepest Sympathy,

Sharon J. Ross

October 29, 2013

I had the honor of meeting Mr. Brennan 2 years ago at Al's Coffee Shop in Bloomfield. He would come everyday for his box lunch special! He brought a picture of his niece in and he was so proud of her. I went and bought a frame for that picture and he was so happy! I also took a picture of him standing in front of the lottery machine with his money fanned out and had it made and framed into a 8 X 10. We kept it by the lottery machine so all can see! He showed everyone that walked thru the store! Before he left for florida we gave him a little Birthday party with cake and cards! He will truely be missed! Rest in peace Mr. Brennan!