Maurice Francis Brosnihan

Maurice Francis Brosnihan

Birth
Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 18 Feb 2009 (aged 85–86)
Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 34144956 · View Source
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Maurice Francis Brosnihan of Worcester died February 18, 2009 at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

He leaves his son, Paul Brosnihan and his wife Patricia, of Worcester; and two daughters, Barbara, wife of Paul Noone of Worcester and Nancy, wife of Christopher Barry of Southborough. He also leaves six grandchildren: Patrick and Caitlin Brosnihan; Paul III and Jacqueline Noone; and Kelly and Ryan Barry.

His wife Rita (Flynn) Brosnihan of 53 years passed away in 2003 on Maurice's birthday. Their twin sons died in 1952. His sisters, Catherine Tormey, Mary Trainor, Betty Brosnihan, Sister Mary Veronica (Nora) and brother, Thomas all predeceased him.

Maurice was born in Clinton, MA in 1923, but lived in Worcester most of his life. He graduated from St. John's High School, then in Worcester, in 1940.

Mr. Brosnihan was a postal employee for 39 years in Worcester. He also owned and operated the Safety First Driving Academy in Worcester for 30 years.

Maurice served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a tank gunner in the 8th Armored Division in Europe. During the battle of Rhineland, his tank was hit by German gunfire and destroyed. Captured with serious burns, he was taken prisoner for six months in Germany, nearly dying during captivity. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in that battle.

He was a lifetime member of Chapter 4 Disabled American Veterans, American Ex - Prisoners of War, Alhambra Knights of Columbus, St. John's Alumni Association and St. Christopher's Parish, of which he was a founding member.

Maurice took immense delight in his family and his faith. He instilled in his children a strong work ethic, care and respect for others, optimism, and a special joy for life. His family celebrates him for his generous heart, his strength of character and his compassionate soul.

The funeral Mass will be Monday, February 23 at 10 a.m. in St. Christopher's Church, 950 West Boylston St., Worcester. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester. There are no calling hours.

The Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester, is directing funeral arrangements.


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  • Created by: Tom Cummings
  • Added: 23 Feb 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34144956
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maurice Francis Brosnihan (1923–18 Feb 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34144956, citing Saint John's Cemetery, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Tom Cummings (contributor 41886604) .