James Patrick Brennan

James P. Brennan, 85, of Norwood, formerly of Bergenfield, passed away at home on Monday, February 15, 2021. Beloved husband of Margie (nee Galligan). Cherished father of James and wife Terri of Narragansett, RI, Patrick and wife Nancy of Las Vegas, NV, George and wife Virginia of Havertown, PA and Maryanne Dillon and her husband Thomas of Ramsey. Proud and devoted grandfather of James, Thomas, Kieran, Aleen, Maggie and Brigit. Dearest son of the late George and Ann Brennan, and brother of Julia, Michael and the late Ann, George, and Thomas.

Growing up on the West Side of New York in Hell’s Kitchen in the 1950’s, Jim graduated from Immaculata High School, taking a job at Manufacturer’s Trust, where he met his beloved Margie.  He also worked for many years at the Diner’s Club and retired from the Metal Lathers Local 46 Union.  After their marriage in 1959, they bought their first home in Bergenfield, NJ where they spent the next thirty years raising their family.  Jim and Margie were active parishioners at St. John the Evangelist Church.

In Bergenfield, Jim was the owner of Brennan’s Pub, where he enjoyed bringing people and friends together in the traditions of his Irish heritage. He was an avid golfer and a member at Old Tappan Country Club, as well as a die-hard fan of the New York Football Giants, and a member of their Season Ticket Holder Hall of Fame.

In their later years, Jim and Margie moved to Norwood, NJ and joined St. Anthony’s parish in Northvale, NJ. They enjoyed their time living at Fox Hill Manor, where Jim kept busy on committees organizing the various holiday parties.

Visiting hours are Friday, February 26, 2021 from 4-7 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050, www.pizzifuneralhome.com. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 10 AM at St. Anthony’s RC Church, Northvale with interment to follow at Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah.

Those who wish my view a livestream of the funeral mass on Saturday, February 27, 2021 through the link below:


For the safety of the family and all guests, please be mindful and wear required masks, maintain social distance, refrain from physical contact, and be brief while visiting. Jim will be lovingly remembered by all who knew him, and the Brennan family is very grateful for the love and support from all of their family and friends. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to Covenant House in New York City https://ny.covenanthouse.org  or VNA Hospice Care in Englewood, NJ https://vnahg.org/support-hospice .


  1. We’ll miss you, terribly, Uncle Jim!
    Rest in Peace,
    Barbara Collins

  2. Carolann Crossman and Family

    So sorry to hear such sad news. My sincere condolences and prayers for the family.

  3. Our deepest condolences to Margie, James, Pat, George and Maryanne and your extended family on the sad passing of Jimmy.
    Out thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.
    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
    (May his soul be at the right hand of God).

    Noel, Caroline, Lisa, Brian, and Clodagh Meehan.
    Waterford, Ireland

  4. James Hunt-Davies & Family

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and the family.

  5. Our sincere condolences to Margie, James, Pat, George and Maryanne and to the extended family on the sad passing of Jimmy.
    Our thoughts are with you all during this very difficult time.
    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam
    (May his soul be at the right hand of God)
    Noel, Caroline, Lisa, Brian and Clodagh Meehan.
    Waterford Ireland.

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