SEYMOUR — James “Jim” P. Brennan, 89, of Seymour, beloved husband of the late Violet (Lord) Brennan, entered peaceful rest on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Born in Derby on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1930, Jim was extremely proud of his Irish heritage. A son of the late James F. and Margaret (Shea) Brennan, Jim was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in Korea.

He was a founding member of the Great Hill Hose Company, eventually attaining the rank of captain, and later became chief of the Seymour Fire Department.

He also was instrumental in starting the Seymour Ambulance Corps and Valley Transit.

Jim loved traveling and working on the family farm, but mostly spending time with his family, especially his grandson.

Survivors include his son, Jamie Brennan of Seymour; his sister, Barbara Murzin of Shelton; his grandson, Robbie Leary; his son-in-law, Rob Leary, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his daughter, Trish Leary; his brother, Daniel Brennan, and his sister, Margaret Parmelee.

Services will take place from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Friday, November 8, at the Ralph Hull Funeral Home, 161 West Church St., Seymour, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Parish (St. Mary’s Church), 212 Elizabeth St., Derby. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

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