Paul R. Brennan

September 29th, 2014

Paul R. Brennan, age 72, of St. Augustine, FL, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at Tufts New England Medical on September 27, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

Paul was born in Mattapan, MA on August 1, 1942; he was the cherished son of the late William J. and Agnes (Lynch) Brennan. Paul was raised in South Boston, MA and was a graduate of South Boston High School. In later years, Paul went on to further his education at Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown.

Paul married his “best friend” Patricia Bertolucci in 1964; the couple moved to Wilmington in 1967 where they raised three wonderful children; Paul, Maureen, and Kevin. Family was first and foremost to Paul, he was not only a devoted husband and father but an “awesome” Papa to his seven grandchildren. Paul enjoyed being with his family no matter what the occasion may be; whether it was their many vacations, holidays, sporting events, or working together, he always made every event special and fun.

Paul coached his son in Wilmington Youth Hockey; he enjoyed teaching the kids and watching them have a great time on the ice.

Paul was a 4th Degree member of the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Fr. Croke Council and over many years he enjoyed bartending and socializing with his fellow Knights.

Paul was a very hard worker, for many years he was the co-owner of Swanton Street Deli in Winchester also fondly known as “Carl’s” which was a family business. Paul then co-founded J & B Catering which was a successful catering company in Wilmington as well as the surrounding towns. Paul’s work ethic and great personality always made him a success. Following his retirement, Paul enjoyed working for the Ogunquit Trolley in Maine where his charm and personality made him a great asset to the company.

Paul was known as an AVID Boston sports fan; he took in countless Patriot’s, Red Sox, and Bruins games over the years.

Paul will be fondly remembered for his good sense of humor and quick wit; he was a very positive and optimistic guy who would do anything for anyone. Paul loved his family and friends unconditionally and he will be greatly missed.

Paul was the beloved husband of Patricia (Bertolucci) Brennan, devoted father of Paul W. Brennan and his wife Jackie of New York City, Maureen C. Allen and her husband Jeff of Billerica, and Kevin J. Brennan of Wilmington, loving “Papa” of Emma, Jade, Abbie, Morgan, Maddy, John Paul, and Charlotte, cherished son of the late William and Agnes (Lynch) Brennan, dear brother of Bill Brennan of Alabama and Agnes Zampino of New Jersey. Paul is also survived by his God Children as well as many special nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, October 4th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass to Celebrate his life in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, October 3rd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Paul’s name may be made to the Floating Hospital for Children, Child Life Fund, 800 Washington St. Box 231, Boston, MA 02111 or a charity of your choice.


16 Entries in Guest Book for “Paul R. Brennan”

  1. ken feliu says:

    Our condolences, from my family to yours. You are in our prayers.

  2. Karin and Jon Allard says:

    Paul and Family,
    Words can’t begin to express our deep sympathy for your loss. We know what a gaping hole his passing means for your family. We can only pray that his profound courage, beautiful smile, and abiding love will comfort all of you not only in your grief, but throughout your lives as you remember him as the beautiful man he was. God bless you, with love, Karin and Jon

  3. Mike Champoux says:

    The Champoux family offers our deepest sympathies to our friends, the Brennans over the loss of their patriarch. We offer our prayers for him and you at this sad time.
    Mike, Doreen, Jackie and Michael Champoux

  4. Jared Costantino says:

    The Officers and members of Fr. Croke Council #4982 of the Knights of Columbus in Wilmington extend our deepest sympathies to the family of our brother, Paul Brennan and offer our prayers in his memory.

    Sincerely Jared Costantino – Grand Knight

  5. The Marzis says:

    We are sorry to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you.
    Deb, Al, Zoe and Sammie

  6. Russ and Barb Pomeroy says:

    Paul was one of our dearest friends, and will leave a hole in our hearts.
    We are grateful for all the time we’ve shared and the memories we’ve got to look back on. Lots of laughs, and I know that’s what he would like us to remember…and we will.
    Praying for all of you!
    Russ and Barb

  7. Bobbie Terezakis says:

    Thinking of you all at this sad time. Paul was a larger than life kind of man and will be deeply missed! He always was ready to greet me with a “Woo-Hoo” and every time I watch football I’ll think of him! I will truly miss him…the twinkle in his eye, and the smile on his face! Sending you lots of love, hugs, and prayers.

  8. Joe Morgan says:

    Dear Mrs Brennan,Maureen,Paul and Kevin. My deepest condolences to all of you at this time of your loss. I was sad to hear of Mr Brennan’s passing. He was always very kind to me, and it was a pleasure to have known him. I always enjoyed his laugh and smile, and remember him as a hard working man who loved all of you. I always had respect for him in all our conversations. May you find peace and comfort with the fun memories you shared through the years. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless, Joe

  9. Priscilla (Martell) Anderson says:

    Mrs. Brennan, I will always remember all of you from the good ol days of Clark Street. I remember when you catered my sister Phyllis’ (Fe) wedding in my parents back yard. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  10. William J. J. Brennan says:

    My brother Paul R. Brennan was a class act. He was 14 years younger than me. We communicated regularly throughout his life. Fortunately, his family was with us at my Sister Agnes’s house in New Jersey recently and we had the greatest time ever. Paul was in a great deal of pain and is definitely in a better place now.

  11. Brian & Carole McGrath says:

    Dear Mrs. Brennan & family,
    Our deepest condolences to all of you. We were so sorry to hear of Mr. Brennan’s passing. My parents were very blessed to have great friends like you both, and I know Paul will be missed by many other people as well. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Brian & Carole McGrath and family

  12. Ralph & Trudy Bertolucci says:

    our thuoghts and prayers are with Patricia and the Brennan family. Paul was a great guy. Out time together in Ft Lauderdale is etched in my mind. Paul’s positive attitude, his sense of humor made a rather complicated personality driven job fun. With his recent struggles, Paul is now with God, where he should be.

  13. Rick Martin says:

    Paul and I worked together as Volunteers in the AARP TaxAide Program in St Augustine, FL. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Paul was a joy to work with. Regardless of his condition, he was uncomplaining and cheerful. It was a true pleasure knowing Paul.

  14. Grace Smith says:

    I met Paul as a volunteer in the AARP Tax Aide Program in St. Augustine. It was a wonderful experience to work with him. He was so kind, cheerful, patient, and joy to be around. I did not know him well or for long, but my life was enhanced by his courage and outlook on life.

  15. Paul R. Brennan says:

    Paul you were missed before you left this life. As you so often said ” See you on the other side ” I sure hope so, and let’s also hope there’s Johnny Walker Black in heaven.

    Don and Phyllis Rollins
    Saint Augustine, Fl.

  16. Linda Preston says:

    All of us at Florida Capital Bank are sorry to hear of the loss of Mr Paul. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mrs. Pat and all the family. May you be consoled at knowing he is in a better place and not suffering any longer.
    God Bless!!

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