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Msgr. George J. Brennan, served as pastor, assistant in many Diocese of Buffalo parishes

Sept. 13, 1921 – Jan. 31, 2016

Monsignor George J. Brennan, retired pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in South Buffalo, died Sunday. He was 94.

Born in Lackawanna, he was a graduate of Our Lady of Victory Academy. He attended Christ the King Seminary, earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree from Canisius College.

He was ordained June 4, 1949, by Bishop John F. O’Hara in St. Joseph New Cathedral.

After an initial assignment to a church in Raleigh, N.C., he was an assistant pastor and administrator at a number of churches in the Diocese of Buffalo from 1950 to 1971. He was assistant pastor at Holy Family from 1959 to 1967, then returned as pastor in 1971. He was named a monsignor in 1984 and retired in 1996.

Monsignor Brennan was a part-time chaplain at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Batavia in the late 1950s and chaplain at St. Mary’s Manor in Niagara Falls in the late 1960s. He also was chaplain to Catholic Daughters of America, Father Baker Council.

Survivors include a niece, Denise McKenzie.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Bishop Richard J. Malone at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Charity Church, Holy Family Site, 1901 South Park Ave.

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