Valley Lives - Wayne Brennan
The following article first appeared in "The Low Down to Hull and Back News" in the March 12, 2014 issue. Reprinted with permission.
Low loses 'pillar of the community'
by Joel Balsam
by Joel Balsam
Everyone in Low knew Wayne Brennan. No surprise - he was involved in anything and everything in his hometown. As a member of the Low and district Lion's Club for 40 years, Brennan contributed his time and effort to fundraise for landmark facilities in Low such as the hall, the hospital, and the arena.
"If you ever needed anything in the community, you always called Wayne," said long-time friend and Lion's member Judy Grant.
"Everybody is going to miss him. I think the whole community is in shock."
Brennan died in hospital of cancer on Mar. 4 at the age of 68.
Grant recalls how Brennan would invest countless hours in preparing for one of the country's biggest country music festivals - the annual Gatineau Clog. It was "no small potatoes," said Grant of Brennan's hard work in constructing the festival.
"He's going to be missed really [badly] as a community man," said Bob McCrank, who called Brennan his best friend. McCrank and Brennan fished, hunted, canoed, and played sports together. As recently as this year, Brennan shot a buck on McCrank's property.
He was "a pillar of the community," said McCrank.
"He was known from Maniwaki on down," said Brennan's wife Kathleen, who married Brennan in 1969.
They have two children, Kim and Tim, who in turn have children of their own.
The couple were long-time residents of Low, but they weren't exactly homebodies. Kathleen recalls how they travelled throughout the country in all directions by car and on cross-country skis and went tent camping on foot in their younger years.
An early retirement at 48 from a management position with Bell Canada gave Brennan the opportunity to pursue his favourite activities and spend time with his family.
Also, he was "very romantic," said Kathleen, who added that just two weeks ago, the pair spent quality time together on a spontaneous last minute trip to Florida to relax.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Camillus Roman Catholic Church in Farrellton on Mar. 13 at 11:00 a.m.
Family will receive condolences at the church starting at 10:30 a.m. and a reception will follow at the Low Heritage Hall. Contributions to the Central Gatineau Arena Association in Low would be appreciated.
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