FARMINGTON — Philip R. Brennan died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 27, at the age of 73 in Farmington. He was born on December 1, 1943, in Concord, Mass., the son of the late Clyde and Virginia Brennan.

He completed an associate degree from Cape Cod Community College, worked with Vetorino Brothers Construction Co., and served in the Army National Guard. He married Miriam L. Cahoon in West Barnstable, Mass. on Sept. 18, 1965.

In 1976, the family moved to Farmington, where Phil designed and built their home and worked as a private contractor with Donald Ayer in Temple. Phil later established Brennan’s Creative Woodwork, producing furniture made of antique wood and selling his creations at both West Barnstable Tables in Massachusetts and The SugarWood Gallery in Farmington of which he was one of the founders.

He could often be found in the garden with Mim, or enjoying his extended family during the traditional Friday night pizza and the annual family camp week. Phil also could be found in the dome restoring antique cars and even building a speedster. He had a great variety of skills that he readily shared and was a lifelong learner.

Phil will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 51 years, Miriam; his daughters, Laura Campion and her husband, Michael, of Kittery, Joanna Backman and her husband, Carl, of Temple; his grandchildren, Ryan and Julia Campion, Michael Tatu, Lauren Beale and Alexaiya Backman; as well as three great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his brother, Steven Brennan and wife, Michele, of Industry, as well as several nieces and nephews. Phil had an extensive group of friends that he cherished.

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