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“So sad. He was a true renaissance person. So many attributes to inspire us all. Our hearts are heavy with this profound loss. ”
1 of 1 | Posted by: Jim and Diane Shanley - PA


James F. Brennan, of Newark, Delaware, aged 77 years, died suddenly October 23, 2017 at home.

Born in 1939 in Scranton, PA, he was the son of the late Francis E. and Catherine (Shanley) Brennan. He graduated President of his class from St. Patrick's High School in Olyphant, along with his sweetheart Mildred Naglak, whom he married in 1962 and with whom he enjoyed 55 years of marriage.

In 1961 he earned a B.S. in Chemistry, graduating Cum Laude from the University of Scranton, and in 1965 received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology. In that same year, Jim started work for the DuPont Company as a Research Chemist. His career at DuPont spanned nearly 40 years, working in Photo Products and Plastics until his retirement in 2004. While at DuPont, Jim was credited as an inventor with several U.S. patents including those related to the development of the "CYREL" flexographic printing plate and one International patent, an apparatus used to encapsulate electric and electronic parts. Active in his community, he made regular donations to the Blood Bank, the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity.

An avid writing student at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware since 2004, Jim spent the better part of his life on a beautiful search for life's poetry and found it within Millie's gaze.

What beauty this that lights the darkest skies.
Is it your soul that sparkles like a gem?
That lights the fire in those azure blue eyes.
Come lie with me, that I might gaze in them.
- J. Brennan, 2005

An intelligent, gentle and kind man, full of good humor, he believed the real value of life was rooted in his love for his wife and family and he demonstrated that love with an unwavering constancy. A doting husband, a beloved father, and spirited grandfather he is survived by his wife Mildred, his three children Sean (Beth), Tim (Leslie) and Kate and seven grandchildren, Liam, Kyle, Luke, Gillian, Cara, Clare and Riley. Also surviving are his stepmother and sister, Florence and Mary Erin Brennan.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE. An additional visitation will be held at 9:30 am on Friday, October 27th at St. Mary's of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org, and Autism Speaks, www.autismspeaks.org.