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Ernest J Brennan

April 11, 1937 ~ April 25, 2018 (age 81)
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Ernest J. Brennan of Belmont April 25, 2018. Ernie was born in Waltham and  grew up in North Cambridge and was employed by the Town of Belmont for 34 years.   He spent most of his summers vacationing in Nova Scotia, Canada, where his wife was from, and enjoyed swimming, fishing and boating.  He was very artistic, known for his detailed leather work, and taught classes for adults in the community. Many on the Belmont police force were recipients of his leather work.

He loved being a father and spent early evenings and weekends taking his children biking, fishing and out for fun adventures.  Some of his favorite pastimes were photography and taking 8mm home movies. Later in life, Ernie moved to Belmont and served as a Chaplain for the National Guard.  He loved to sing along with the Bel Airs singing group during their performances at the Belmont Senior Center.

Many of his childhood experiences could have been the plot of a “Little Rascals” episode.  On one occasion, he found a cannon, filled it with gunpowder from fireworks, put a steel ball in it, tied it to the bed, lit it, then ran into the other room while it blew a hole in the roof of the house.  He also made a rocket that blew the handle off the oven door. Needless to say, he was a handful for his mother.

During his life, he survived a house fire, a near collision with an 18-wheeler, sinking in quicksand, an attack by thousands of hornets, almost getting run down by a freighter while fishing in the Boston Harbor, almost driving off an unfinished bridge, almost drowned while swimming in Jerry’s Pit in Cambridge and barely escaped being swept out to sea while fishing in his inflatable boat.

Ernie will be remembered for his generosity, sense of humor, tenacious spirit and having fun.


Ernie is the beloved husband of Loretta B. Brennan (Deon). Loving father of Ernest J. Brennan II, Cindy Mello and Mark Brennan. Brother of Mary Brennan, Butchie Bennett and the late George, Jackie and Tommy. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be held in the  Brown & Hickey Funeral Home 36 Trapelo Road Belmont on Wednesday, May 2nd from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to https://www.afas.org. Late U. S. Air Force Veteran.

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