In Loving Memory of Thomas Henry Brennan
Brennan , Thomas Henry Thomas Henry Brennan was born on October 13, 1941 in Port Chester, New York, to his parents, Dorothy Murden Brennan and Don T. Brennan. Tom was a man who held strong beliefs ranging from religion to politics and was never afraid to engage in meaningful conversations about his convictions. He was a man of integrity; this was seen by his strong morals and values he instilled upon his students, athletes, friends, and most importantly, his children and grandchildren. Because of his integrity, he was affectionately known as "Sir" to his grandchildren. Tom attended SMU in Dallas, Texas, where he played the positions of running back, halfback, and safety for the Mustangs. He was named team captain his senior year under Coach Hayden Fry and was awarded the Mike Kelsey Award based upon attitude, desire, and hustle. In addition, he also was the first recipient to earn the Red Helmet Award under Coach Fry. Tom graduated from SMU as an undergraduate in 1963 and continued his law school education at SMU, obtaining his Juris Doctor (JD) in 1966. He always said the only thing he learned in law school was that he did not want to be a lawyer. Upon graduation, he pursued the career path of becoming a history teacher and football coach at Greenhill School in Dallas, Texas. His love for teaching and coaching grew and earned him many awards. Tom was named Coach of the Year in 1972 after he led the Hornets to an undefeated season. In October of 2012, Tom's former players had such a fondness and respect for their coach that they decided to fly him to Dallas to commemorate the team's success, marking the 40th anniversary of their undefeated season. Tom had a self-proclaimed love for.... crossword puzzles, reciting poetry, thrilling books, a 2-3 inch Angus steak cooked to perfection - rare, of course, and a nice cold beer. Tom was adamant about instilling a strong work ethic into his children and grandchildren as they hauled hay, worked cattle, fixed fence, and much more. Despite the demanding work of the farm, he also enjoyed hosting creek parties, "rock festivals", and participating in sledding competitions with his kids and grandchildren. Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Terry Coverdale Brennan. He is survived by his children: Donald Brennan, San Antonio, Texas; Rebecca Schrock, Nixa, MO; and Claire Spence and husband Robert, of Springfield, MO; eight grandchildren: Maggie, Tommy, and Finnegan Brennan, all of San Antonio, Texas, Terry and Brennan Schrock all of Nixa, MO, and Robert, Thomas, and Alex Spence all of Springfield, MO; his sister Dawn Maloney, Rye NY, and brother Lane Brennan of Sausalito, CA. A celebration of Tom's death will be held from 2-5 on Saturday, February 4 at his daughter, Rebecca Schrock's home, 434 North Waterford Way Nixa, Mo 65714. Online condolences can be made at www.hhlohmeyer.com . Memorial contributions can be made to Falcon Family Branch/Glendale High School 2727 S. Ingram Mill Road Springfield, MO 65804.
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