James Brennan, 76, dies while visiting family
James Edward Brennan Sr., of Kennett Square, Pa., died suddenly of a heart attack Sunday while visiting his family in Vail.
Son of the late James and Mildred Brennan of Danbury, Conn., Jim – as he was known to friends and family – graduated from Danbury High School in 1945 and from the the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., in 1950. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946 and did a year of graduate studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Jim worked for the DuPont Company for more than 35 years, starting his career in New Jersey as a chemist in the explosives department. He then held various managerial positions in manufacturing and human relations in Charlestown, Ind., Parlin, N.J., Rochester, N.Y., Towanda, Pa. and Harrisburg, Pa.
In 1978, Jim was transferred to Wilmington, Del., where he served as a human resources manager in the imaging and electronics businesses. Before retiring in 1991, Jim served as human relations consultant for the electronic business.
An avid sports fan, friends and family members said, Brennan enjoyed golfing and watching basketball. He and his wife, Eileen, spent time traveling to Naples, Fla., Stone Harbor, N.J. and Denver, Colo., as well as visiting his children and grandchildren. He was also a member of the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Hockessin, Del.
He was a generous and loving father, family members said.
He is survived by his wife Eileen; his brother Martin J. Brennan and his wife Rosemary of Cheshire, Conn.; his sister-in-law Fayne Daniels and her husband Ross of Pawling, N.Y.; his sons, James E. Brennan Jr. and his wife wife Laurie of Castle Rock, Colo., and David S. Brennan and his wife Lori of Ellicot City, Md.; his daughters, Barbara A. Turner and her husband Gary of Kennett Square, Pa., Dana B. Vas Nunes and her husband Greg of Hong Kong; and seven grandchildren: Daniel, Caitlin, Christopher, Shannon, Casey, James and Michael.
A mass will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, at the Vail Chapel. A memorial will be held in Delaware at a later date.
Donations may be made in Jim’s Honor to the College of the Holy Cross, the Class of 1950 Fund, 1 College St., Worcester, Mass., 01610.