James S. Brennan, General Motors supervisor

December 29, 2008|By John-John Williams IV

James S. Brennan, a retired supervisor for General Motors who also served in the Air Force during the Korean War, died Dec. 21 in his Severna Park home after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. He was 75.

Mr. Brennan was born in Baltimore. He graduated from City College in 1951 and attended the University of Maryland, College Park. He enlisted in the Air Force and fought as an airman first class in the Korean War. He then returned to Maryland, where he worked as a supervisor for General Motors for more than 20 years.

Mr. Brennan was a 19-year resident of Severna Park. He previously lived in Hampstead for 14 years.

An avid reader, Mr. Brennan also enjoyed gardening, history, art, raising livestock and growing roses. He particularly enjoyed traveling, according to his wife of 19 years, the former Amy Stallings.

One of his favorite vacations was in 1995, when he and his wife took a six-week road trip through the American Southwest.

"His home was his favorite place," Mrs. Brennan said. "I had a tough time getting him to the hospital when he needed to because he loved his home."

Mr. Brennan also loved spending time with his family, according to his wife.

"He was just a very loving father, husband and family man. It was very apparent," Mrs. Brennan said.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m Saturday at Barranco & Sons funeral home, 495 Gov. Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. Interment will be private.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Brennan is survived by a son, Timothy Sean Brennan of Towson; two daughters, Kathleen Anne Brennan of Phoenix, Baltimore County, and Bridget Maureen Brennan of Baltimore; a stepson, H. Chester Goudy III of Easton; two stepdaughters, Roberta Warwick of Severna Park and Patricia Utz of Annapolis; a sister, Catherine Huck of Cypress, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His first wife, Betty J. Brennan, lives in Towson.

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