Daniel Patrick Brosnan
March 22, 1941 - November 7, 2020
- Private Visitation
- Private Funeral
Long time world traveler, Daniel Patrick Brosnan peacefully took his final journey on November 7 while at home with his family and his cherished dog, Ralphie, by his side. Due to the ongoing public health crisis, services are on hold until the entire family can be together safely.
Dan was born on March 22, 1941 to the late Eleanor (nee Zujewski) and Patrick Brosnan in Chicago, Il. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Eileen (nee McVerry), daughters Colleen (Christopher) Phelan, Maribeth (James) Torzewski and Jennifer Brosnan (Ervin Flores). He relished being a grandfather who both spoiled and teased his grandchildren, Katherine, Megan and Patrick Phelan; Gigi Torzewski; and Daniel and Ella Flores.
Graduating with a degree in Philosophy from DePaul University, DePaul is also where he met his wife Eileen in the university’s cafeteria while playing pinochle with his fraternity buddies. He asked her out to dinner with some friends. The date didn’t go well when Dan laughed at a joke his friend told at Eileen’s expense. She gave him a second chance, and thus began a life-long love affair. Dan was devoted to Eileen and always went out of his way to ensure she was happy.
Dan traveled the world for his work in technology sales long before trips to Europe, Africa and Asia were as commonplace as they are today. He instilled a love of travel with his children by taking them on great trips to Europe and, the family favorite, Hawaii. His daughters, Colleen, Maribeth and Jennifer, continue to explore the world with their own families.
Dan, together with his wife, raised three daughters with the belief that with hard work anything is achievable. That is why when Maribeth wanted to play high school soccer, he fought hard using Title IX to ensure she could play on the boys’ team, until her junior year when Glenbard West finally created a girls’ soccer team. You could always find him on the sidelines or stands watching his daughters play for their many sports teams and he could be counted on to take them shopping for the best shoes and sports gear.
Golf remained a favorite pastime for Dan and while he never was quite able to shoot his age, he had a great deal of fun playing with friends at Prairie Landing where he was also a starter for many years during his retirement. Golf with his brother-in-law Paul Melkonian and sons-in-law Chris and Jim is where Dan exemplified the family motto of “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.” A motto embraced by his entire family to this day.
Cooking was another passion of Dan’s. Whether he was making Zucchini Brosnini, perfectly cooked beef tenderloin, Longhi’s Seafood Pasta, or Corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day, Dan made every meal an expression of love for his family. He really enjoyed cooking with his son-in-law Ervin and his friend Brani, or more accurately, telling Ervin & Brani what they were doing wrong.The feasts varied from Paella for a Men’s weekend Ervin had with some friends, to their first whole pig roast for Ella’s Communion Party.
The family wishes to specifically thank Dr. Alain Heroux from Loyola Medical Center for over a decade of incredible care and Dr. Kamal N. Yoakim of RML Specialty Hospital for exceptional care of Dan.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation on his behalf to Loyola Medicine with the designation of Heart Transplant Fund by going to https://bit.ly/36yRfoKor mailing a check to Loyola Medicine
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