William Dumas Brennan

December 1, 1932 - February 25, 2014
William Dumas Brennan

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William ìBillî Dumas Brennan, 81, of Flat Rock, died Tuesday, February 25, at Park Ridge Health. A native of Plattsburgh, NY, he had lived in Muskogee, OK prior to moving to Flat Rock in 2000. He received his bachelor and masterís degrees from Williams College in Williamstown, MA, a journey that began when he and a friend rode their bicycles to the school from Plattsburgh for their freshman year. Between years he hitchhiked to California for summer jobs. He received his doctorate from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and taught there while pursuing his degree.

Since then he had worked for Addressograph-Multigraph of Cleveland, OH, American Optical Corp of Southbridge, MA, Boston Digital of Milford, MA and Coburn Optical of Muskogee, OK. He held several patents in optics as well as other fields of technology.

He enjoyed camping and sailing and built his own sailboat. Later he became an avid golfer, was a member of the Hendersonville Country Club and had attended Hendersonville First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, James Tracy Brennan.

Mr. Brennan is survived by his wife of twenty years, Donna Brennan and four children, Kathy Brennan of Sterling, MA, Nancy Parker and her husband Mark of Tucson, AZ, Jim Brennan of Boise, ID and John Brennan and his wife Pat of Webster, MA as well as eight grandchildren, Jennifer, Steven, Connor, Sean, Neil, Stephanie, Scott and Brandy.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 1 in the chapel of Shuler Funeral Home. Dr. Wana Archer will officiate. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hendersonville Rescue Mission 639 Maple St. Hendersonville, NC 28792.


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  • February 28, 2014
    Chris and Susan DeFazio says:
    Bill was an inspiration to everyone he came in contact with... He will be dearly missed but always kept close to our hearts... Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family...

  • February 28, 2014
    Ann Wheeler says:
    Donna, dear one, I was so surprised when I saw Bill's obit in this morning's Phoenix. Louis and I are so sorry for your loss. I'm guessing Bill had been in a rest home? Do let us know if you'll be coming back to Muskogee for a visit, or whatever your plans. Love, Ann

  • February 28, 2014
    Joanne Moran says:
    Donna, I just read by Bill's death. I am glad that we could read the obituary in our newspaper. I often think of you and Bill and Brandi--sitting in front of us in church for many years. I just want you to know that I am thinking of you and Bill's family. Joanne Moran

  • February 28, 2014
    Ruth DeFazio says:
    Dearest Donna and Family My deepest sympathy Love, Ruth DeFazio

  • March 01, 2014
    Paula Mulligan says:
    Bill Brennan became my brother-in-law when I was sixteen. I looked up to him and found his sense of humor irresistible. Even after I moved far away, I never lost my fondness for him. My sister Greta and Bill provided me with cherished nieces and nephews whom I love dearly to this day. Thank you for being part of my life, dear Bill. RIP