Obituary: Robert J. ‘Bob’ Brennan, 88, of Shelton; Oversaw Brennan Construction Co.

Robert J. Brennan
Robert J. Brennan

Robert J. Brennan (Bob), age 88, of Shelton entered into rest on Monday, March 16, 2015, at Bishop Wicke Health Center in Shelton after a brief illness.

He was born in Shelton on October 29, 1926, son of the late Thomas F. Brennan and Mary D. (Tracy) Brennan. He was a lifelong resident of Shelton.

He is the beloved father of Thomas F. Brennan (Tommy) and his wife Maria of Branford, and cherished grandfather of Tracy A. Brennan and Jennifer M. Brennan. He also leaves a sister, Virginia A. Brennan and lifelong and devoted friend Elizabeth M. Ford.

He was predeceased by his wife, Joan (O’Shea) Brennan, and his sister, Sr. Barbara Brennan, OP.

Served in the U.S. Army

Bob was a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in New Haven in 1944, then served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II. Upon his return he attended Villanova, where he graduated in 1950 with a degree in civil engineering.

He began his professional career with Fletcher Thompson where he worked for 10 years. He then returned to the family business, the Brennan Construction Company, where he became President and CEO until his retirement.

Active in the community

He was very active in community and philanthropic affairs. He was a longtime member of the Derby/Shelton Rotary Club, recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow and recently a recipient of the Norm Parcells Award. He served on the Boards of Saint Joseph’s Manor, United Methodists Homes, and numerous banks.

He was a longtime parishioner of Saint Joseph Church in Shelton. Mr. Brennan was a strong supporter of Villanova University and its alumni activities.

Wake on Friday, service on Saturday

Friends may greet the family at the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Road, Shelton on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. On Saturday friends are invited directly to Saint Joseph Church, 50 Fairmont Place, Shelton, CT for a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Burial with full military honors will follow at Mount St. Peters Cemetery in Derby , CT.

At the request of the family memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, 50 Fairmont Place, Shelton, CT 06484 or to the Derby/Shelton Rotary Club Scholarship Fund, PO Box 224, Shelton, CT 06484 or through the funeral director.