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“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Bill was a quiet gentle soul and a good friend to all. I will miss him sitting by the lake smoking his...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: karen karlsen - brooklyn, NY

“May fond memories of Uncle Bill comfort you in the difficult days ahead Aunt Helen. We always had fun with him as he served us Shirley Temples at the...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Jacqueline Reilly Shepherd - CA

“I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Uncle Bill. I will remember many fun Thanksgivings with the Brosnan and Fanelli families. I wish eternal...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Megan Reilly Noonan - CA - Niece

“To the Brosnan family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of need. ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Kathy Casey - Albany, NY - Friend

“Mary, Michael and family,I am saddened by the passing of Bill. I know in my heart that he is in a better place and is no longer suffering. Please...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Kathleen (Gannon) Marshall, and family - NY

“Trips to the firehouse. Freedom Land, summers in Gilboa NY. My father was the bravest man I have ever met, bar none. And he was also strong enough...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Michael W. Brosnan - middleburgh, NY

“Our prayers are with you. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Gerard and Yvonne Delaney and family


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Middleburgh – William F. Brosnan, 88, of MT Path, died Sunday, August 4, 2013 at his residence.

Born April 11, 1925 in New York City, he was a son of Thomas and Catherine (Dineen) Brosnan.

Bill was a United States Navy Veteran, serving his country from 1943 until 1946 when he received an honorable discharge. He then began his career as a fireman with the New York City Fire Department, retiring after twenty years of service.

For many years, Bill and his wife summered in Gilboa until permanently retiring there. It was in 2009 that they moved to the village of Middleburgh. He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Middleburgh.

Bill's hobby was painting tall ships and lighthouses.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen (Helen) Brosnan, whom he married August 25, 1951; four children: Kevin T. Brosnan of Huntington Station, Mary Ellen (Robert) Cronin of Lawrence, NY, Michael W. Brosnan of Middleburgh, and Matthew G. Brosnan of Bronx; six grandchildren: Amy Cara Brosnan of Troy, NY, Brianne Rose Brosnan of Virginia Beach, VA, Erin Brosnan of Rotterdam, NY, Maureen (Brian) Brosnan Bradt of Seward, Michael Brosnan of Seward, NY, and Joseph Bradt of Seward; a great-grandson: William Acevedo; and a great-great foster grandson: Isaac Acevedo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Friday, August 9, 2013 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, Main St., Middleburgh. Father William Gorman will be the celebrant. Burial will follow with military honors at Middleburgh Cemetery. Family and friends are also invited to a period of visitation to be held from 6 to 8 PM on Thursday at Palmer & Shaylor Funeral Home, 134 River St., Middleburgh.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 Place, Memphis, TN 38105.