Andover — Joseph M. Bresnahan, Sr., of Andover passed away peacefully, joining his beloved wife, Kathleen, on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at home.
Joseph was the son of the late Cornelius and Mary Kate (Corcoran) Bresnahan. He graduated from Lawrence High School where he played football and baseball. He attended Kents Hill Prep School in Maine on a football scholarship. He also played with the Lawlors Semi-Pro football team. He was an avid bowler and horseshoe player during the playground era in the 1930’s. He enjoyed golfing, football, baseball, and hockey.
He was a member of St. Augustine’s Parish in Andover, the Lawrence Council 67 Knights of Columbus, D.A.V., American Legion of Andover, and V.F.W. of North Andover.
Joe joined the Navy in 1942 and took part in the invasions in Guadalcanal and Bougainville in the Pacific. On May 21, 1944, his ship blew up during an accidental explosion of ammunition. The ships that were in the harbor that day were being loaded with fuel and ammunition for the imminent invasion of Saipan. He returned home to become the owner and operator of Bresnahan’s Service Station and Ice Co.
Joe is survived by his five children, Joanne Schruender and her husband, Edward, of North Andover, Joseph Bresnahan and his wife, Marion, of Plaistow, N.H., Sheila Burbank and her husband, Peter, of Andover, Maureen Hameline and her husband, Arthur, of Holland Patent, N.Y., and Brian Bresnahan of Cumming, Ga.; and his grandchildren, Kate and her husband, Kevin Brown, Ted and Mark Schruender, Maura, Dan and his wife, Laura Bresnahan, Kara (Burbank) and her husband, Michael Furlong, Mary Kate, Peter and Michael Burbank, Matthew, Kristen and Arthur IV Hameline, and Meredith and Ben Bresnahan. He also leaves his five great-grandchildren, Ryan, Dylan, Ceili, Brooke and Ethan. Also among his survivors are his sisters, Claire Hermann and Peggy Keene; his sisters-in-law, Agnes Bresnahan and Eunice Wooles; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Kathleen; brother, John; and sister, Ann Sherlock.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third St., North Andover, MA 01845. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Michael’s Parish in North Andover. Burial will follow at Ridgewood Cemetery, also in North Andover.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Bresnahan’s name may be made to the Joseph Hermann Youth Center, 33 Johnson St., North Andover, MA 01845 or St. Michael St. Vincent de Paul, 190 Main St., North Andover, MA 01845.
For directions or to offer online condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.