Philip Brennan Obituary

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In Memory of

Philip V Brennan Jr.

July 8, 1926 - January 6, 2014
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Brennan, Jr. Philip Vincent - was born in Brooklyn New York on a kitchen table in Crown Heights on July 8th, 1926. He attended Brooklyn Prep. In 1943 he enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he served in the U.S., in Pacific theaters, as well as attending the United States Naval Academy Prep School. On February 26, 1949 he married the love of his life Barbara Bourne, who was to give him the gift of seven beautiful children. After moving to Fredericksburg VA, in 1957, he worked in Washington D.C. In Washington he was assigned to help handle the Washington end of the Alaska Statehood campaign. Their work helped to win Statehood for...
Brennan, Jr. Philip Vincent - was born in Brooklyn New York on a kitchen table in Crown Heights on July 8th, 1926. He attended Brooklyn Prep. In 1943 he enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he served in the U.S., in Pacific theaters, as well as attending the United States Naval Academy Prep School. On February 26, 1949 he married the love of his life Barbara Bourne, who was to give him the gift of seven beautiful children. After moving to Fredericksburg VA, in 1957, he worked in Washington D.C. In Washington he was assigned to help handle the Washington end of the Alaska Statehood campaign. Their work helped to win Statehood for Alaska and add another star to old glory. He then handled confidential assignments for the Eisenhower White House. In 1960 he served as press secretary to Rep., Gerald Ford at the GOP convention when Ford sought the Presidential nomination. After the convention he served on Nixon's campaign staff. In 1961 he was named Director of Public Relations and Special Projects for the Republican Policy Committee where he worked from 1961-1966. From 1963 until 1966, he was also a Washington columnist for Bill Buckley's National Review writing under the name of Cato. He also served as intelligence analysts for the House GOP leadership, specializing in Counterintelligence work during the Cold War. He was one of twenty one people who served the draft Goldwater group in 1963 and organized and ran the GOP truth squad for Barry Goldwater in 1964. In 1968 he and his family he moved to Boca Raton, Florida where he became staff editor for the National Enquirer. He also wrote a column for News Max Media with an estimated weekly readership of 1 million. He also edited his friend radio talk show host, Michael Reagan's syndicated newspaper column. He was editor and publisher of Wednesday on the Web which was read in 50 countries around the world. He was recently named Man of the Year by defend our Marines organization in recognition of his work being the only journalist who from the very beginning exposed the falsity of the charges of eight marines in November 19, 2005 Haditha incident. In 2004 he was guest of honor at the Marine Corps Birthday ball in Virginia Beach. General James Mattis United States Marine Corps, Commander; U.S. Joint Forces Command/North Atlantic Treaty Organization Supreme Allied Commander said of Philip Brennan "He is considered a hero in the Marine Corps." He is a member of the Association former Intelligence Officers and a Trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Foundation. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Barbara, and loving son Frederick Gilbert. He is survived by his sons Philip Vincent of Ormond Beach Florida, Matthew Thomas of Deerfield Beach, Lawrence Walsh of West Palm Beach, Peter Hollins of Boca Raton, Mary Patricia of Delray Beach, and Constance Marie, of Boca Raton. A gathering will be held Thursday January 9th from 6-8 at Babione Funeral Home East Chapel. A Memorial Mass will take place Friday at 12 p.m., at Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Hospice of Palm Beach County. Babione Funeral Home (East Chapel) 1100 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton FL 33432 561-395-8787


Eulogy given at Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church on January 10, 2014

Some twenty-three years ago Dad stood on an altar similar to this altar and read the most beautiful and touching of words. Celebrating the life of his beloved wife, and our Mother, Beatrice Barbara Bourne Brennan. In the years since that day Dad had to forge a new life for himself without the very best part of his life by his side. For as strong as Dad was it was our Mother that he looked to in all matters of conscience involving his family. But as Dad always told us life goes on simply because it has to. And so surrounded by that family Dad continued a career as a journalist and investigative reporter who was in the following years to be read by people all over the world. He called this strength that he exhibited in his daily life and passed onto his children growing up Brennan. Informed by his faith and a being greater than him helped him navigate the treacherous waters that life can bring. His simple motto of just put it in God's hands was I think one of the greatest gifts he gave each of his children, in helping them cope with all life has to offer. And oh how he loved his children and grandchildren. They were to become his anchor the focal point of his life. With a twinkle in those Irish blue eyes he would make each of us laugh when he would point out what could be the absurdity and folly of life. Throughout his life people that met Dad where always touched by the kindness and humility he showed. Whether he was walking through the halls of congress or tending to his yard in his overalls Dad never changed. I once told him that I judged all men by him and the way he lived his life. I will dearly miss our good conversations because he could speak with such clarity and knowledge born of his Jesuit upbringing and education. Growing up in Brooklyn he was surrounded by the Brennan Clan. Generations of Irish who lived and loved their faith. And that has been his greatest legacy left to us to carry on. As I look out and see all of my nieces and nephews, Katie, Megan, Austin, Kourtney, Chrissy, Ally, Emily, Eryn, Sara, and James. I want you to know that this legacy of love and your faith that Dad has given us is meant for you as well. So our Dear Father you now have your greatest of all wishes, and it is with these words that I commend your soul to our everlasting Father in heaven. We will miss, love and honor your memory always.

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"I only knew this great man through his work. I loved Cato columns, Wednesday On The Web and everything else of his work that I came across. Marine, true..." Dick Lambert (Eagle Rock, VA)

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