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Sarsfield Brennan

Sarsfield P Brennan

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020
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Obituary

BRENNAN, Sarsfield Patrick of Hull, MA, age 85, formerly of Medfield, MA on January 2, 2020. He is survived by his beloved wife Frances, their three children Thomas Brennan and his wife Michele of Hanover, Matthew Brennan and his wife Rosanne of Bedford, and Joanna Brennan of Charlestown. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Fionna, Alex, Hailey, and Ruby. He was the brother of Paul Brennan, Peter Brennan, and the late Margaret Bailey and Daniel Brennan. Before retiring to Hull, Sarsfield and Frances lived in the Charlestown Navy Yard, and Medfield, where they raised their children. While in Medfield, Sarsfield served on the Town Planning Board and Building Committee for St. Edward’s Church. He coached little league baseball for many years, and later served as President.

Sarsfield was born in Queens, NY, attended Bishop Loughlin High School, and then the University of Notre Dame. He graduated in 1956 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was also a Middleweight Golden Gloves champion in Notre Dame’s legendary Bengal Bouts boxing tournament. After college, he served as a First Lieutenant in the Army during the Korean War. Early in Sarsfield’s Civil Engineering career, while with Brown Engineering, he moved from Queens to Trinidad with Frances and young sons Tom and Matt to manage an office. They lived in Trinidad for four years, in which time daughter Joanna was born, before settling in Medfield. For many years, Sarsfield was project manager at various Engineering firms in Boston, including Tippetts-Abbot-McCarthy-Stratton, Stone and Webster, and Jacobs. Sarsfield and Frances also lived in Stamford, CT and Houston, TX for short stints during his long career. Sarsfield managed many highway projects in Massachusetts and New York, including the Speen Street “Beetleback” in Natick, Penn Station renovation in Manhattan, and portions of the Central Artery “Big Dig” project in Boston. When Sarsfield and Frances retired to Hull, Sarsfield continued to consult on transportation projects, while attaining a real estate license and tax preparer license. For over thirty years, Sarsfield volunteered at St. Francis House homeless shelter in Boston and continued until just a few years ago. He also spent many years driving for Meals on Wheels and delivering bread to Rosie’s Place, a homeless shelter for women in Boston. Sarsfield loved spending time with his children and grandchildren at their home in Hull, a block from Nantasket Beach.

Visiting Hours will be held on Tuesday, January 7th, from 4-7 p.m. at the Roberts Mitchell Caruso Funeral Home, 15 Miller Street in Medfield. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, January 8th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Edwards the Confessor Church, 133 Spring Street, Medfield. Burial with full military honors to follow at Vine Lake Cemetery, Medfield.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sarsfield’s memory to St. Francis House, 39
Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:30pm
    When
    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:30pm
    Location
    Roberts Mitchell Caruso FH - Medfield
    Address
    15 Miller St
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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  • Service

    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    St. Edward the Confessor Church
    Address
    133 Spring St.
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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  • Interment

    Location
    Vine Lake Cemetery
    Address
    625 Main St.
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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PETER

Posted at 10:14am
On a visit a few years back, I had the pleasure of accompanying Sarsfield on his regular service event at a soup kitchen in Boston. I felt good giving service but then looked over at Sars. It was one of his moments among so many that he touched those in need, quietly without fanfare. I told him later that I had a different point of view in that he truly “walked the walk” for nothing more than the joy of goodness for goodness’s sake.
He was a model of whom I did not take enough advantage. He was the hero child of the family who got everything he earned in life with integrity and hard work. He was never overwhelmed with problems. He was always ready to role up his sleeves and get it done. He had his quirky side and was a lot of fun. He was able to laugh at himself and was quick to admire the goodness in others.
He was a legend who was graduating Notre Dave when I was still in grammar school where he had set the bar of achievement nine years before in scholastics and athletics. I thought the bar was too high for me, later I realized he was the leader that showed everything was possible if you were willing to make the commitment and toe the line.
The world’s a better place because he was in it. Truly the “Kid’s last fight!”
CK

Charles Kelly

Posted at 04:04pm
We had the pleasure of sharing a wonderful friendship, over many years with our beloved Sarsfield his lovely wife and family
He was a very thoughtful and kind man who helped many people through the years. His kind and gentle manner will be
remembered by all who knew him and how he cared for the less fortunate. He set a beautiful example to all of us . He
raised a wonderful family with my dearest friend Fran and will be missed by all. Our sincere sympathy and love to Fran
Tommy, Matthew, Joanna and family on the loss of their loved one.
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