Paul Brennan, 88, of Grafton


Paul Brennan, 88, of GraftonGrafton – Paul Richard Brennan, 88, of North Grafton, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017, surrounded by his family, at Beaumont Nursing Center in Northborough.

Paul was born June 28, 1928 in Worcester, and was a resident of Grafton for 58 years. He was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Marguerite Brennan; his late wife of 44 years, Shirley M. Brennan; and sister, Doris Manzello and her husband Anthony.

Paul was a graduate of Commerce High School, class of 1947. He attended the New England School of Accounting and the School of Industrial Management at Worcester Polytechnical Institute.

He worked at Johnson Steel and Wire for 39 years as an Auditor and Assistant Treasurer. He served in the Yankee Division Army National Guard. For many years he was involved in Grafton Little League as the League-Player agent, St. Mary’s CCD Program in North Grafton, and the Knights of Columbus.

An avid walker, Paul walked 6-8 miles a day and, until a few years ago, he could often be seen walking around North Grafton at a brisk pace with only time for a quick wave up. He loved the ocean and enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren how to swim and body-surf. He was a passionate sports fan and skillful cribbage player.

Paul is survived by his two sons, Richard P. Brennan and his wife Joann of Grafton and Robert F. Brennan of Worcester, and two daughters, Jane M. Petrie and her husband Chris of Grafton and Patricia Natoli and her husband Mickey of Salem, N.H. He leaves behind eight grandchildren, Jason Petrie and his wife Becky, Essek Petrie and his wife Sarah, Tricia Lafond and her husband Matthew, Sean Brennan and his wife Cheryl, Brennan, Brianna, and Brayla Natoli, and Bryce Brennan. He also had 10 great-grandchildren, and is survived by his brother, Hank Brennan and his wife Ann of Worcester. He will be especially missed by his dear friend and treasured companion of 20 years, Sue Manzi. They shared a love for New England sports, long walks, car rides and the ocean.

Donations can be made in Paul’s memory to the Salem Area Special Needs at P.O. Box 1602, Salem, NH 03079.

All are welcome to gather with Paul’s family Sunday, April 2, from 3-6 p.m., at Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St., North Grafton. A funeral Mass will be celebrated for Paul Monday, April 3, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church, 17 Waterville St., North Grafton. All attending the funeral Mass are politely requested to go directly to church. He will then be laid to rest at Pine Grove Cemetery in North Grafton.

A Book of Memories to share a story or memory of Paul is available online at

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