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Dr. William Brennan | obituary

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Dr. William J. Brennan – September 20, 1935 – April 10, 2022

Dr. William J. Brennan was born and raised in Mineville, New York, the eldest son of William and Helen Brennan. He attended Mineville High School where he excelled both academically and athletically. As a college athlete, he wrote in football, basketball, and baseball. He graduated from Mineville High School in 1953.

After high school, he enrolled at Fordham University in New York where he continued to excel academically and athletically. Studying a pre-dental program and playing center field for the Fordham varsity baseball team kept him busy until he graduated in 1957. In New York, he met and began dating the love of his life Patricia. Subsequently, he enrolled at Georgetown University School of Dentistry in Washington, DC. He and Patricia married while he was in Washington before graduating in 1962.

His first role in the dental profession was with the United States Air Force where he provided dental care, from 1962 to 1964, to service members at Selfridge Air Force Base in Harrison Township, Michigan. . It was in Michigan that the couple welcomed the first of their three children, since their daughter Kathleen was born during her military service.

The Brennan family moved to Ticonderoga, New York in 1964 when Dr. Brennan purchased a dental practice and began a career spanning more than 53 years in private practice. The Brennans welcomed their two sons, Bill in 1964 and Terry in 1966, to the new home in Ticonderoga.

Dr. Brennan was a pillar of the community for over half a century in Ticonderoga where he served as a dentist, as well as a member of the local school board, supporting many civic causes and helping many other members of the community.

Dr. Brennan provided dental services to thousands of patients from 1964 to 2017 from his practice in this small Adirondack hamlet. In building this hugely successful dental practice, he was aided by three key teammates Kelly Cross, Cindy Plavnicki and Janette Glading, who each worked with him for over 30 years. During his 53 years of dental practice, Dr. Brennan has developed a level of excellence in his field that has led him to seek advice from many others in his profession. Dr. Brennan was so knowledgeable that he was chosen to serve as a visiting faculty member at the world-renowned Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education in Key Biscayne, Florida. He was one of 102 practitioners worldwide who were selected to be part of the visiting faculty.

Dr. Brennan was a member of the Ticonderoga Central Schools Board from 1968 to 2008. He served as chairman of that board from 1975 to 2008. During his tenure, he provided leadership for the school system during the terms of 12 superintendents of different schools. , through 6 major construction projects, and the annexation of The Hague Central School District. During his tenure as School Board Chair, the Ticonderoga School System was recognized as an Excellent School when U.S. News & World Report named the Ticonderoga School System a Silver Medalist School – among the top 2% of schools nationwide . In 2008, his outstanding leadership and service to Ticonderoga Central Schools was recognized when the New York State School Boards Association presented him with the Everett R. Dyer Award for Distinguished Service to New York State School Boards.

He was passionate about Ticonderoga and its people. During the 1990s, when the local Moses Ludington Hospital ran into financial difficulties, Dr. Brennan rallied and led a group of citizens who raised funds to help the hospital and were successful in their efforts to save it for the community.

A devout Catholic all his life, he was committed to his faith and was a parishioner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ticonderoga and frequently attended mass at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in The Hague. He had a strong devotion to the rosary and recited many novenas. He was a member of Council 333 of the Knights of Columbus in Ticonderoga, New York.

Dr. Brennan and his wife Patricia owned a historic estate on Lake George known as “Sentinel Pines”, located in the city of The Hague, from 1975 to 2021. The family spent summers there for many years where, among many other outdoor activities, they enjoyed taking rides on their old wooden boats. They built a year-round home on the property in 2004 and lived there full-time from 2004 to 2021, where they enjoyed gardening, woodworking, spending time with their loyal dog (Pipi Longstocking), watching the wildlife and spending time with family and friends.

In March 2021, Dr. Brennan and his wife Patricia moved to Nashua, New Hampshire to be closer to their son Terry.

He loved his family and was very passionate about the Boston Red Sox and Notre Dame Football.

He passed away peacefully into eternal life on Palm Sunday, April 10, 2022, at their New Hampshire home, surrounded by his beloved wife Patricia and family.

Dr. William Brennan is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia, daughter Dr. Kathleen Brennan (son-in-law, Dr. Daniel Golder), son Bill (daughter-in-law, Kimberly Brennan) and son Terry (and grandchildren Tessa and Megan Brennan). He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Faye Brennan (Queensbury), his brother-in-law Gerry Cerne (Elaine), several nieces and a nephew.

He was predeceased by his parents, William, and Helen Brennan of Mineville, New York, and by his younger brother, Joseph R. Brennan of Queensbury, New York.

He leaves behind memories with a large number of patients, colleagues and friends whose lives he had a significant and lasting impact.

Relatives and friends may call Friday, April 29, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home, 11 Algonkin Street, Ticonderoga.

A Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ticonderoga. The Reverend Christopher J. Looby, pastor, will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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