Andrea Jean Brennan
Andrea Jean Brennan (Gilmore) age 60, of Boston, MA peacefully passed away with her
beloved husband by her side on January 21, 2022 after a prolonged battle with Huntington’s
Daughter of the late Richard and Sylvia (Pratt) Gilmore, Andrea is survived by her high school
sweetheart and husband of 26 years, Richard Brennan, step-mother Grace Gilmore, brothers
Richard Gilmore (and wife Mary) and Michael Gilmore, numerous nieces and nephews,
including her godson Peter Gilmore, aunts, uncles, cousins and lifelong friends. Andrea was
predeceased by her sister Patricia Gilmore.
Andrea grew up in Merrimac, MA and was a graduate of Pentucket Regional High School,
where she shared her exuberant personality in Pep Club, Winter Carnival, prom committee and
Color Day skit committees. Andrea began many lifelong friendships then, due to her kind, warm
and loving nature. These relationships which would sustain her through and to the end of her
life. Andrea enjoyed dance and theater and attended McNally School of dance,, and performed
in many musicals with MSD and Hampton Playhouse. In 1976, Andrea was crowned Miss
Merrimac at the town’s Centennial celebration. After high school, Andrea attended Barbizon
School of Modeling and Katharine Gibbs School in Boston while also pursuing an associates
degree from Northern Essex Community College.
In 1986 Andrea secured a job at the MA Turnpike Authority where she quickly advanced.
Andrea’s career was cut short in 2006 after a devastating accident and long recuperation at
Spaulding Rehabilitation in Boston, MA. Never one to give up, Andrea went back to Spaulding
Rehab as a volunteer where she visited and encouraged patients, and in 2008 was named
volunteer of the year!
After Andrea’s diagnosis, the family, including cousin’s, aunt’s, uncle’s and close friends formed
a long lasting charitable annual golf tournament. They raised more than two million dollars for
Huntington’s Disease research.
Andrea and Rick traveled extensively, especially to the Caribbean where they loved the
sunny beaches. They frequently escaped the city to enjoy their NH lake house, spending their
days boating and snowmobiling. Andrea also loved Red Sox Nation and attended opening day
for many years with great friends.
Andrea will forever be remembered for her beautiful spirit, loving kindness and courage facing a
diagnosis of Huntington’s Disease.
Up until the final stages of her life, Andrea would always find the words to say, “Thank You,” and
“I Love You”. That is just who Andrea was – her loving and unconquerable spirit will always
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Andrea’s name to:
HDSA Center of Excellence at MGH 55 Fruit St., ACC Suite 835, Boston, MA 02114
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
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