Thomas Ewing Brenan IV
Thomas E. Brenan IV, 69, died on Saturday September 5, 2020 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Tom was born on May 15, 1951 in New Orleans, La., the son of Thomas E. Brenan III and Mary Ann Guidry Brenan. Tom graduated from Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, La. in 1969 where he was captain of the school football team and voted by his peers “most popular student” in his class. Even at an early age, Tom exhibited a natural ability to lead and inspire others. While in high school he met his future bride, Christine Ducote. The couple married in 1972 and planned to celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary this December. Following high school, Tom earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and an MBA from the University of New Orleans. In 1974 he was awarded a commission in the United States Air Force as a distinguished graduate of officer training school. During his USAF career he served as a navigator on a KC-135 aircraft and achieved the rank of Captain. After leaving the Air Force he embarked on a career as an accomplished Certified Public Accountant. He ultimately rose to the position as President of a global commercial collections agency and served as president of the International Association of Commercial Collectors.
Tom retired in 2019 after a successful 25-year career in the collections industry to pursue a new adventure as a restaurant franchisee.
Tom enjoyed life to the fullest and was known for bringing joy and support to all who knew him. He recently realized a lifelong dream to live on the water with his beautiful bride where they could be close to their grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, playing golf, and smoking cigars with family and friends. Tom was also an avid sports fan who followed the accomplishments of the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers. He always remembered his time as a kid playing baseball at Pontiff Playground, formerly known as Metairie Playground, when he was younger. A man of great character, Tom was a gentle and humble leader, beloved husband, and cherished father and grandfather.
Tom is survived by his wife, Christine; two daughters Stacey Wallace (Mark) of Niceville, Fla.; and Teresa Brenan; one son, Thomas Brenan V of and three grandchildren David Brenan, Claire Wallace and Tess Gallagher. In addition, he has two sisters, Jan and Cindy; a brother, Greg, and many nieces and nephews. A public viewing will be held between 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for family members and close friends Friday, September 11, 2020 at Tharp-Sontheimer- Tharp Funeral Home 1600 N. Causeway Blvd, Metairie, LA, 70001. A remembrance and celebration of Tom’s life will be held at 1:00 pm. Greg Brenan, Tom’s Brother, will be the officiating minister. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mr. Brenan’s honor to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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