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James E. Brennan
PAWTUCKET - James E. Brennan, 91, of Monroe Street died on Monday at RI Hospital. He was the former husband of Edith E. Brennan (Hey) of Warwick and Lubomira Brennan of Pawtucket.
Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Michael F. and Catherine (Piggott) Brennan. He was a life long resident of the city.
Jim was a graduate of St. Raphael Academy. As a young man Jim joined the CCC. He enlisted in the US Army in 1940 and served in the Army Air Corp in the Philippines achieving the rank of Sgt. Jim was held for over 31/2 years as a prisoner of war after surviving the Bataan Death March. He later served for 34 years on the Pawtucket Police Department retiring in 1982 as a lieutenant and the head of the Traffic Division.
Jim was the first president of the Pawtucket FOP Lodge #4. He was a long time member of the Walter Gatchell Post and the VFW Chapter 306. Jim was very active in the DAV Lawrence E. Redmond Chapter 3 and has been a strong and outspoken advocate for veteran's issues over these many years.
Jim received the following awards and decorations: Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and Combat Infantryman Badge. In 1999 Jim received the Rhode Island Cross and in 2009 he was inducted into the Pawtucket Hall of Fame.
Jim B was a "friend of Bill W" for the past 38 years.
He is survived by two sons, Michael J Brennan and his wife Marjorie of Warwick and Mark J Brennan of Pawtucket, two daughters, Maureen J. Brennan and her husband Calvin Phillips of Florida and Mary J. Brennan of Pawtucket, a step-son Paul Chalmers of Pawtucket. "Grandad" leaves 4 grandchildren, Andrea Massey and her husband Mark, Samantha Quaglia and her husband Steve, Matthew Brennan and his wife Brooke and Marcus Brennan and his wife Alicia. Jim was Great "Grandad" to Aaron, Andrew, Paige and Emily.
Jim was pre-deceased by brothers Robert and Eugene Brennan and sisters Mary LeClair and Elizabeth O'Donnell. "Uncle Jim "will be fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews.
As Jim always said "America is Number One because of its Veterans". It is particularly fitting that this "solder" will be laid to rest on Armed Forces Day.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 9:00 AM at CHEETHAM MORTUARY INC 1012 Newport Ave. Pawtucket. Chapel Service and burial with military honors will follow at RI Veteran's Cemetery in Exeter.
Calling Hours: Friday 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Walter Gatchell Post, 171 Fountain Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860 in Jim's memory.