John C. Brennan, Sr., a resident of the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, died early Wednesday morning after an illness. His wife was the former Dorothy Nardi died in 1993.
Born in Bayonne, NY he was a 1943 graduate of GAR High School and went on to earn certifications in electronics. Prior to retirement he had worked for 20 years for channel WDAU as electronics’ technician, for the State of Pennsylvania in its Employment Agency, he was the top salesman in the country for the Bell and Howell Co., and he was also the owner of Brennan’s Travel in Mt Pocono and had also worked in Real Estate in the Pocono’s. He was a United States Army Veteran earning the rank of sergeant.
He was a well know athlete. He was most proud of holding the Wilkes Barre area record while at GAR for the two mile team relay where he ran the half mile in 1 minute 58.8 seconds. The record stood for more than 40years. He went on to box in the Army and after his honorable discharge became a professional boxer.
Surviving are children Nancy Koester of Scranton, Mary Pepon and her husband Daniel of Nanticoke, Margaret Bermel and her husband Tom of Long Island, Joseph Brennan of Scranton and Michael Brennan of Boston; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by a son John C Brennan, Jr; two brothers Neal and James and a sister Nancy.
Everyone attending the funeral is asked to go directly to the church on Saturday morning.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11am in the Immaculate Conception Church 801 Taylor Ave Scranton.
Friends may call Friday from 4-7pm in the Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash St. Scranton.
Interment, St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Twp.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lackawanna Branch Pennsylvania Association for the Blind 228 Adams Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18503