Aseem Tiwari posted a condolence
Friday, September 15, 2023
Brendan uplifted so many around him. He played a father figure to me while managing to be my boss and mentor. I learned so much from him and will be forever grateful for everything he did for me. A true hero. You will be missed, Brendan.
Virginia O’Sullivan posted a condolence
Monday, August 21, 2023
Brendan was a very good friend of my brother in law’s Shawn O’Sullivan, the Olympic boxer, while in high school at St. Mike’s in Toronto. They both shared a passion for their sport as well as a common Irish heritage. May he rest in peace. To his wife and children, may your cherished memories of Brendan sustain you at this difficult time.
Rod F. Ashtaryeh uploaded photo(s)
Monday, June 12, 2023
In 1996 I had the pleasure of meeting Brendan in NYC, phase II of my professional career outside Canada. There are no words that can do justice to his exemplary personality, full of love, and care for all the people that crossed his path. Proud of his heritage, his family, and yet humble and understated despite all that he accomplished. I treasure my time in NYC, London, New Canaan, and most recently in Naples with him, talking shop, but primarily family over a bite to eat or a cup of coffee. He will be missed by all of us. Rest in peace by dear friend. Rod Ashtaryeh
jacqueline Sprinces Wong posted a condolence
Sunday, June 11, 2023
My loving thoughts are with you Lorraine, your son and daughter! Also, your dear sister and her husband and family. May your husband’s memory be a blessing to everyone that loved him. Jackie Sprinces Wong
Paul F. LeFort II posted a condolence
Sunday, June 11, 2023
As a cousin-in-law to Brendan, I had the privilege of knowing him through Lorraine. At each of the LeFort family gatherings on the Cape each summer, it was a joy to witness not only how Brendan became an instant & loving member of our extended family, but to watch him & Lorraine create their own branch of the LeFort family tree. These connections deepened over the decades & were evident as my parents (Paul Sr. and Eileen) referred often to the "Irish Gentleman" in our family. What a perfect description of Brendan & how he treated friends & family alike. I will remember fondly the unexpected meet-up in Ireland when our two families found ourselves in County Mayo at the same time one Summer. Lorraine, Grace & Aidan... we will forever remember Brendan and the love he had for each of you & those around him. God bless.
Jim Hartford uploaded photo(s)
Saturday, June 10, 2023
I am truly heart broken by Brendan’s passing. On an early morning in the late summer of 1981 I first met Brendan on a cross country training run beginning at Blair Arch. For the past 42 years he has been my closest and best friend. We both were recruited for track and cross country at Princeton. We both lasted on the team two years. We spent time at track meets roaming the campuses of Yale, and U Penn. We roomed together both sophomore and junior years, joined Cottage Club together. We drove across country in a VW van a week before the start of senior year at Princeton and spent many an hour hanging out with friends on the second floor of cottage. We stayed connected through the remaining 38 years by weekly phone calls. Brendan was my son’s Godfather and I Aidan’s. While I was in Medical School I would frequent His and Jim Lavelle’s apartment in New York City relieving the stress of Medical School eating out and frequenting bars. I watched him woo Lorraine throughout his time at HBS while often enjoying a few beers with him in Cambridge. The Hartford’s family has been intertwined with the O’Halloran’s, Weddings, Births, Christenings and an Occasional Thanksgiving all the way back to the 1980’s. My mother so much enjoyed visiting Brendan whether in New York City or in Newport Beach. The week before Brendan’s wedding, Brendan Senior, Brendan and I spent the time out on the cape with Brendan Senior pleasantly and frequently offering us rounds of Jameson’s to calm Brendan’s Nerves! Brendan was more than a friend, or a confidant he was a brother to me as a guardian to my family. I am so incredibly thankful that our journeys in life were interlinked. Brendan’s passing saddens us all. His reach was far. His kindness, His generosity and his humor touched us all. To travel through life with such a “best friend” has been a true blessing. His friendship has been a great mark upon my life. To my son I tell him that if your are lucky enough to have a friend as wonderful as Brendan you will have had a rewarding life. In keeping with the tradition of Brendan Senior, I raise a glass of Jameson’s not only to thank Brendan for being such a wonderful friend, to celebrate his life, and also to the friends we share, our families, Lorrain, Grace, Aidan, Brendan Senior and Mary.
Laurie Hartford posted a condolence
Saturday, June 10, 2023
At Jim's and my wedding, my dad had the pleasure of meeting Brendan for the first time. He said, "He is a prince among men." This is completely accurate. Brendan embodied the word gentleman. He was kind, smart, generous, gracious, humble, strong and had an incredible sense of humor. He means so much to all of us in the Hartford family. God must have needed a right hand man -- he crossed to the other side way too early. But I am certain that he will be forever smiling down, guiding and protecting all of his loved ones from above.
Madeleine Peikin posted a condolence
Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Uncle Brendan was a kind, caring, and generous man - uncle, Godfather, husband and friend. As the eldest of the cousins I have so many amazing memories of Uncle Brendan's warmth throughout the years. Some of our favorites were Easters spent in New Canaan where he organized the best easter egg hunts, to the Wednesday night pizza parties before Thanksgiving in Chatham. His love for Lorraine, Grace and Aidan was overwhelming and a wonderful example for us all to see. Brendan was a kind, quiet man who always made people laugh and feel included as our families have grown over the years. Whenever I would lose track of my husband at a family gathering, I would always find him chatting to Brendan having a lovely conversation. We will always remember Uncle Brendan with so much love, happiness and picture him with Honey! Love, Madeleine
JB posted a condolence
Tuesday, June 6, 2023
My sincere condolences to Lorraine, Grace and Aiden on your loss. I know how much he loved each of you and how proud he was of his family and where he came from. His achievements both professionally and personally came from his strong faith, ethics and belief in his friends and partners. He was a good man. I personally will miss our chats about what matters most- family and friends. I miss him but have comfort in knowing that he is off on the next “great adventure”. God Bless.
Caroline Soto lit a candle
Monday, June 5, 2023
I had the pleasure of working for Brendan for almost 10 years. I knew him to be genuine, honorable and humble. A family man…a wonderful son, brother, husband, father and friend. He was an amazing boss, fair and caring. He went out of his way to connect with employees, on Fridays he would walk the floors to say hello and connect with folks. He treated everyone with dignity and respect and received it in return from everyone he came in touch with. An amazing man who was truly beloved by most…and you cannot say that about many people. Someone commented to me…"We need more Brendans in this world"…so true. Personally, his passing affected me to my very soul. It was a privilege and honor to have known and worked for a very special man. He will be miss!!!
Allison lit a candle
Friday, June 2, 2023
Brendan was beloved by so many people at TDS where he treated us with respect. He was humble and always made the effort to connect with the staff. He did not distinguish by title; everyone was treated the same. As I am writing this message, I am choked up remembering Brendan stopping by my desk to say hello and asking about my son's health. I had shared that my son was going through a rough time with his asthma. My fondest memory is of Brendan walking the floor on Fridays to say hello to everyone. He was a gentle giant who cared about people and always had kind words to share. Brendan you are gone from our sight but will forever be in our hearts.
Catherine O'Halloran uploaded photo(s)
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
"Hi Cath, it's Bren!" How I loved picking up the phone and hearing those words from my wonderful brother Brendan. I couldn't have asked for a nicer, kinder, more decent person to grow up with and have in my life. Georgian Bay summer vacations, Hockey Night in Canada, his pals congregating at our childhood home, Sherlock Holmes and Charlie Chan movie nights with our parents, the delight we both shared in receiving the Beano and Bunty British comics from our aunts overseas, bike rides on Centre Island, and trips to Ireland are just some of the happy memories of Brendan's early life in Canada that I will carry with me forever. Always an excellent student, he set off in 1981 to study at Princeton and in 1987 continued his education at Harvard Business School. The hockey-loving Canadian kid was determined to achieve his American Dream and, indeed, he did. His tremendous work ethic and the endearing personality that he presented even as a child continued to serve him well throughout his successful career in New York. Though he moved away from Toronto so many years ago, his quiet, gentle energy and spirit remained a constant in all of our lives. As sure as the sun rises every morning, not a day passed in Mary and Brendan's or my own life when Bren was not spoken of in the most affectionate and loving way. He was the apple of their eyes and, until their last breathes, their hearts were truly full of so much love for their son who had carried into his adult life the values and faith they had instilled in him as a child. A devoted family man, my brother cherished the time spent with his beautiful family, Lorraine, Grace, and Aidan. I vividly recall the phone calls when Grace and Aidan were born; he was simply over the moon. A kind, thoughtful son, a fun, encouraging uncle to Mary Kathleen and Conor, and a caring friend and brother to me, Brendan was the real deal, a one-of-a-kind gentleman who left an indelible impression on all of us. He wore his integrity, decency, and loyalty like a second skin. The miles that separated us could never diminish the connection, love, and friendship that we shared. Never did I imagine a future without Brendan in it. While my heart is broken that his great journey here on earth was cut so short, I'll forever keep looking for signs from Heaven that whisper to me, "Hi Cath, It's Bren!"
Paul Wimer posted a condolence
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Brendan was my friend and roommate in Boston during business school. We shared the fourth floor of a walkup in Somerville and he was the ideal friend to live with quiet, respectful and funny. We became experts at dodging the Harvard parking police. The fun continued as roommates in NYC. We both very worked long hours at our first jobs but would hang out and drink beers and eat stir fry on the balcony on the weekends. Brendan was always smiling and low key about his many accomplishments. I will miss him very much.
Jim LAVELLE uploaded photo(s)
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Brendan was a gift to my life and all of us who had the joyful opportunity to spend time with him over the many decades we did. We had some really deep, hearty and uncontrollable laughs together...and almost as many deep, heartfelt and thoughtful conversations. He truly was a quiet, humble and loving man who cared for his family and dear friends with great strength and an unwavering commitment. I knew he loved me and our core group of friends all the time. He was a steady rock. His love for his parents and sister, niece and nephew was uncommonly wonderful. It was an inspiration to me. His love for Lorraine and their children, Grace and Aidan, was truly exceptional. I am fortunate to have the benefit of a deepened link with Brendan by our marrying sisters and both of us having loving and full marriages. What a blessing that has been for us all and our children and parents-in-law. Brendan was comfortable with the fate of his health; his gratitude was palpable and real. He was so thankful for the 16 "extra" years he got with his family and friends after his initial diagnosis. I am confident he is in Heaven now and looking down on all of us with a smile. He was a kind and generous person, among the most trustworthy I have ever known as well as a dear and special friend since I was 19 years of age. I trusted him as a trustee for my wife and children if I were to pass before him because of my respect for him. He was a quiet man who made a big and positive impression on my life and the lives of those he loved. In addition though, we had some AMAZINGLY GREAT and FUN times. The attached picture of Brendan plus Mike Reynolds, me and Mark Frazier at Ocho Ricos in Jamaica spring of senior year is just one of our countless, fantastic times together. It also is a super picture of Brendan in his prime of physical health. Fun memories among many more to follow over the years. We miss him here on Earth, but we hope to see him again down the road and have a few more laughs and hugs together. Brendan -- May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.. Your friend, Jim
NLPND posted a condolence
Monday, May 22, 2023
I was so sad to hear the passing of my cousin Brenny... We grew up in Toronto together as kids before I moved to Ireland with my mam and sister Louisea.. We met Brenny in Ireland many times when he was on holidays... You were to young to die Brenny but you lived Yr life well... Rest now in peace with Yr má and dá....Colleen ó Néill dublin...
Mary Kathleen O'Halloran posted a condolence
Sunday, May 21, 2023
Uncle Brendan was a role model in our family. While my grandparents worked hard to give their two children every opportunity, he was a self-made man; the great academic and business success he achieved was based on his own merits. His determination and work ethic were inspirational. But more importantly, he was a kind, family-oriented person. My brother and I would get so excited when he would come up to Toronto to visit when we were little. He encouraged our interests. He never forgot a birthday, even in the midst of all that he had been going through over the last two years. I was lucky to have had him in my life.
Conor O'Halloran posted a condolence
Friday, May 19, 2023
Brendan was the best uncle I could have asked for! In so many different ways, he was an amazing role model to have growing up. Whether it be his hard work and career success, his prioritization of family, or just his day-to-day generosity, there were so many aspects of his character that made him such an exceptional person. Even being in another country, he always felt close by. When you are separated by such a large distance, it is very easy to drift apart. Uncle Brendan never let that happen. He would never miss sending a birthday card. He would go out of his way to visit the Toronto family every year and make sure we could see our cousins as kids. We all have amazing memories playing in the backyard with Nana and Poppy, going to our favourite buffet (Mother Tuckers), meeting Honey for the first time as a puppy, and much more! Brendan will be missed by everyone here, in Toronto, but we’re grateful for all the memories he built with us even after he started his new life in America.
Jim Cohen posted a condolence
Friday, May 19, 2023
I remember meeting Brendan when I joined Cottage Club at Princeton, and amidst all the chaos and tap room antics, I recall thinking "who is this kind, mature, gracious and thoughtful "adult""? Even in our youth, he was an exemplar for the rest of us, and he continued to be throughout his life. My sincerest condolences to Lorraine, Grace and Aiden.
Steve McDonald posted a condolence
Friday, May 19, 2023
I had the pleasure of working with Brendan for years at TD . He was a total joy to work with : highly competent , totally reliable and with a dry humor ! A REALLY good guy ! So well educated, better than pretty much all of us - but never wore it on his sleeve - actually the furthest from it . I am so happy that he was such a wonderful family man as well ( although I’m not surprised) . You have so much to be proud of - in so many ways he was the person we should all strive to be . Steve McDonald
Jodie Ciuffa posted a condolence
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Brendan was the very best example of a leader and a human being. I never heard an unkind word from him or about him, he was simply kind and dignified. Of the many wonderful memories I have from when I had the good fortune to work at TD while he was the Regional Head, here is what exemplifies everything I admired about him: I had organized a fundraiser to send terminally ill children to Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. The charity representatives and I were seated in a conference room having lunch during the event, and Brendan quietly joined without any fanfare. He always made time for people and gave his full attention. My sincerest condolences to his family, Jodie Ciuffa
Kevin Lockhart posted a condolence
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
In 1995 I was sent by "head office" to spend a few days in the NY office. On my trip I met a fellow Canadian and HBS grad that came across to me immediately as one of the nicest guys I have ever met. That guy took an interest in my career and convinced me that working in the U.S. was interesting and rewarding. More importantly, he instilled the confidence in me that I could do it. I have been blessed to never look back - thanks to Brendan. Years later when I moved to Morgan Stanley I tried to get them to hire Brendan. Of course they wanted to but he decided that staying at TD, where he continued to excel, was the right spot for him. TD was the better for it. There no more competent executive in the entire world!!!! Since Brendan retired I have been blessed to stay in touch with him. Including a great visit with him and Lorraine in their beautiful home in Naples. He loved his home there and, more importantly, he adored Lorraine and his kids. Always giving me updates on them all. I simply cannot imagine how much their hearts are broken - as mine is - but I know they couldn't be more proud of their Husband and Father. He was simply the BEST!! We were all forever miss you Brendan. You made us all better people. Hugs, Kevin Lockhart
Michelle Lavelle uploaded photo(s)
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Brendan was a wonderful husband to my sister Lorraine , he was loving , loyal , fun and as I spent more time with him a walking encyclopedia :) Brendan was an AMAZING FATHER TO grace and Aidan , and to say WAS, feels odd because I know he WILL ALWAYS be spiritually guiding them as well as Lorraine. We all enjoyed so many wonderful times together starting at Princton on to Cape Cod , Naples and CT … Brendan welcomed my children with love and generosity .. and we all loved him so much. Brendan always found a way to have a lovey chat with whomever was his table partner at many family gatherings, we all will miss his gentle spirit . With love , Michelle lavelle
The family of Brendan Joseph O'Halloran uploaded a photo
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
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