BRENNAN, Bernard Francis, VMD of Hobe Sound, FL died peacefully at age 97, on April 26, 2019, surrounded by loving family and friends following a stroke on April 16, 2019. Born in Plainfield, NJ, the youngest of three sons of Irish immigrants Martin Brennan and Elizabeth O’Shea. Bernie was a true gentleman who inspired all who knew him with his patience, kindness, humility and humor.
A graduate of University of South Dakota and University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (1946), he began his veterinary practice in Aiken, SC. He moved to Westbury, NY in 1953 establishing an equine practice at Roosevelt Raceway where he was supervising veterinarian and opened a surgical hospital.
Dr. Brennan was an active member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners since its founding in 1954 and served as its President in 1979. He held leadership positions in both New York and New Jersey State Veterinary Associations. Bernard was a long standing member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed sports both as an athlete and an avid sports fan, especially horseracing, football and baseball. He loved golfing and gardening and was member of the Lost Lake Country Club in Hobe Sound, FL.
He is mourned by his surviving children Barbara, Elizabeth (Robert) Wentzell, Bernard F. Jr., Mary Christine (Bruce) Hagy, Michael (Gayle), Patrick, Nancy, and Brian (Amanda), as well as 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 63 years, Florence and three daughters, Constance, Theresa and Maureen.
Visitation Thursday, May 2nd from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at Donohue Cecere Funeral Home, 290 Post Avenue, Westbury. Mass of Christian burial at 11 am, Friday, May 3rd, St. Brigid’s RC Church, 50 Post Avenue, Westbury NY. Interment at Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury. Memorial Mass at St. Christopher’s RC Church, 12001 SE Federal HWY, Hobe Sound, FL will be held on Thursday, May 9th at 10 am.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 800-822-6344, or go to stjude.org, American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation at 859-233-0147, or go to aaepfoundation.org or to Knights of Columbus, Council 10718, PO Box 39, Hobe Sound, FL 33475.
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