For me it is a CELEBRATION. This week I died from Leukemia. It was a celebration to live with the condition and be enmeshed in the love of my family. My wife Phyllis of 48 years, my daughter Gwen Kauffman and her husband Kyle, Marissa Gillispie and her husband Stephen, Jennifer Edwards and her husband Jonathan with my grandson Joshua and Granddaughter Abbey, and my son Tom Brennan and his wife Brigid and my granddaughter Annika. Son of Edward and Marguerite Brennan who gifted me with the love of tolerance and compassion. I was also indeed fortunate to have three siblings, Peggy Brennan, Jerry Brennan and John Brennan who were with me and supportive all the way. There are others including Patricia Brennan, my spiritual advisor, who prepared me for my new life. But it was also a celebration of passing, where I looked forward to the next life and as it is said the dropping of the body as the light continues. Please celebrate my new opportunity! Based on the influence of the Jesuits at Fairfield University and my participation in the March On Washington, where I heard Dr. King’s Dream Speech, I decided to pursue a career in education and service. I graduated from Fairfield University then went to Fordham for my Master’s and NYU for my Doctorate (all but Dissertation) in American History. I began my teaching career at our Notre Dame H.S. where I became Chair of the History Department. I then joined the Fairfield Public Schools where for 33 years I held a variety of positions including teacher, K-12 social studies supervisor and principal. I then left to become principal of saint Mary School in Ridgefield, CT. During many of those years I worked part time focusing on the economically disadvantaged in Bridgeport. Calling hours will take place on Thursday June 4, 2015 from 4 to 7pm in the Commerce Hill Funeral Home, 4798 Main St. Bridgeport. There will be a Memorial Mass on Saturday June 6th at 9:30am at Egan Chapel in Fairfield University. In abiding with his wishes, a private entombment will take place in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Trumbull. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Smilow Center or Fairfield University in memory of Edward.

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