It is with great sadness that the family of Maurice Leonard Brennan, announce his peaceful passing on October 16, 2014 at his residence, surrounded by the love of his family.
Dad fought a courageous battle with cancer with hope, strength and love. Throughout all of this, he still found a way to put his family first. You never knew his pain or his fears because you were too special to him. His wish was to stay at home, "only if it wasn't too hard on everyone." He amazed us with his determination to undergo any and all treatment with strength, determination and as always a little bit of humour.
Maurice was born in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan on February 27th, 1941 to Leonard and Cecile Brennan. At the age of two, his family moved to Rosslyn Road. One of nine children, his family was his greatest joy from the beginning, growing with more love and joy when he married his love, Shirley Arvelin on October 3, 1964. He also enjoyed becoming part of Shirley's family.
The love and joy continued to grow with the birth of their two children, Sheila and Bradley. The addition of his son and daughter in law and his grandchildren brought him much happiness. Dad was very sad after Shirley's passing in 2006, we are truly grateful that he found new joy and companionship with Lisa Zozula.
Maurice's love, his kind and gentle heart and his sense of humour will be sadly missed by his daughter Sheila Dennis, her husband Dale and grandchildren Kaila (Erik) and Kyle (Krisa) , son Bradley, his wife Christie and grandchildren Braden and Callie and his companion, Lisa Zozula. He will be deeply missed by sisters, Marilyn Speak (Bob) and Patricia Todd (Roy) brothers Terry (Shirley), Marvin (Susan), Dale (Shelley) and brother in laws Mike Prystanski, John Arvelin (Josephine) and Fred Haner, sister in laws Eva Dunning (Fred Andrews), Sheila Faykes, Helen Ryynanen (James) and Gerarda Brennan. Also survived by special aunt, Edna Pykari. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
We feel some comfort that Dad has been reunited with our Mom, Shirley, his parents, Leonard and Cecile, sisters Janice Prystanski and Denise Haner , brother Bill Brennan, inlaws, John and Aini Arvelin, Leo and Marianne Arvelin, Robert Faykes and Louise Brennan.
Maurice was a kind and gentle soul. He was generous to everyone throughout his life, especially to his children and their families. We could always count on Dad.
There was nothing he wouldn't do for us. He was a hardworking, genuine man, sometimes of few words, his actions spoke much louder than any words could have. His grandchildren were his pride and joy, you could see the twinkle in his eye and the grin when sharing the stories of Kaila, Kyle, Braden and Callie.
We will be forever grateful for all the wonderful memories we have of our days growing up and seeing our children with their Papa.
Children and animals loved him, Dillinger, Berlin and Max always loved to see their Papa.
Dad was an exceptional cook, he enjoyed family vacations, ice fishing, gardening with Mom and puttering in the yard and at the lake. Dad loved our time at Scotch Lake, we shared many good times with family and friends; fishing, the `dune buggy` and motorcycle rides, campfires, swimming and being towed on the infamous floating dock.
Dad had a great sense of humour and imagination, he was a prankster, providing us with lots of laughs. He later enjoyed his time at Sunnyside Beach with Lisa. He loved to reminisce, there was usually humour in each story he shared. Our home was always s open and welcome to family and friends, the coffee was on and there was always an abundance of food to share.
Dad worked for Imperial Oil for many years. He loved to share stories of his working days.
Dad was an amazing man that we will remember with pride, cherish with love and live by his example. We were truly blessed to have you, our dearest Maurice
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 North Court Street, with Rev. Harold Hunt of Lakeview Presbyterian Church presiding.
Memorial visitation for friends will be held on Wednesday, October 22nd from 6-8 p.m. in the Sargent & Son Chapel. Interment will take place in Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so can donate to the Northern Cancer Research Foundation, Camp Quality or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at: www.sargentandson.com.
You gave us a gift to cherish our whole lives through,
The gift of our family and a treasure that was you.