James E. Brennan '48

James Brennan '48James Edward Brennan (aka "Jim" & "Grando"), beloved husband, father and grandfather, entered the Chapter Eternal on March 6, 2012, following complications due to congestive heart failure and Alzheimer's Disease, in Torrance, California. He was born on October 9, 1925 in Newark, Ohio to Robert and Alice Brennan. Jim was a fifty-six year resident of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. He was 86.

Upon graduation from St. Francis de Sales High School, he enlisted in the Navy, was assigned to Officers Candidate School and received his commission at the University of Notre Dame. He served on an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific Theater during the latter part of World War II. Following discharge at the conclusion of the war, Jim attended Denison University, receiving his degree in 1948.

Jim moved to San Francisco in 1949 where he met and married his wife Janet Carroll in 1955. They moved to Southern California later that year and to Palos Verdes in 1956. His business career was in sales, mostly packaging, including many years with Kaiser Aluminum. Jim was a member of the Naval Reserve Officers Association, a charter member of Los Verdes Men's Golf Club, and a founding member of St. John Fisher Catholic Church where he served as an usher, lector and Eucharistic Minister. He was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed playing and watching golf. He also loved to travel, particularly on family trips to destinations all over the world. Jim never met a stranger and was known for his warm personality and Irish charm. His survivors include his wife, Janet; daughters, Kathleen (Jeffrey) Barndt, Barbara (Philip) Holmes, Susan Brennan, Nancy Brennan; and four grandchildren.

All honor to his name.

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