Donald G. Brenneman, 58, managed refrigeration firm

April 23, 2003

Donald G. Brenneman, manager of Tri-State Refrigeration Inc. and a street rod enthusiast, died of cancer Sunday at his Joppatowne home. He was 58.

Mr. Brenneman was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Hamilton section, attending public schools. In the 1960s, he enlisted in the Army and served as a mechanic in Germany. He was discharged in 1972.

In 1973, he went to work as a mechanic for Tri-State Refrigeration in Baltimore. The company, which installs refrigeration equipment for supermarkets, convenience stores and schools, had been established by two of his longtime friends.

Mr. Brenneman enjoyed building street rods. He owned a red 1940 Ford street rod that won awards at auto shows throughout the state. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles and snowmobiles.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Schimunek Funeral Home, 9795 Belair Road.

Mr. Brenneman is survived by his wife of two months, the former Darlene Garrison; two sons, Donald G. Brenneman Jr. of Glen Arm and Timothy W. Brenneman of Bel Air; a sister, Gloria Greensfelder of Baltimore; and a grandson. His first marriage ended in divorce.

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