Joseph Brosnan (1919-2012)

Joseph Brosnan, 93, of Nyack, died Oct. 21, 2012.

He was born March 14, 1919, in Manhattan to parents Mary and Timothy Brosnan, who emigrated from County Kerry, Ireland. He was raised and educated in the Bronx,

In May 1941, Josephn was conscripted into the U.S. Army and served as a medic with the 4th Armored Division under Gen. George S. Patton in World War 11, landing in Normandy, France, just after D-Day.

An aid station was set up near Fresnes-en Saulnois that later was attacked, killing or gravely injuring 17 of the 23 personnel. Joseph was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for continuing to treat the wounded though wounded himself. He was sent to England to be treated and later chose to return to the front to be with his outfit.

When he returned home after the war, he was accepted into the Eastern Air Lines training program. Upon completion, he worked first at the ticket counter in the airline terminal building and later was promoted to director of convention and group sales, reporting directly to the president.

Thus began his 45-year career in travel sales and marketing. From the airline convention business, he developed a knowledge of the hotel industry and worked as director of sales and marketing for InterContinental Hotel Corp., became part owner of the Treadway Inn Chain, which was sold in 1972, and retired as regional director of sales and marketing in 1987 from ITT Sheraton Corp., now Starwood Hotels.

Joseph married Colleen Condon, of Chicago, in 1959. He was a member of St. Ann's parish in Nyack. He was a life member of Knights of Columbus, VFW, the 4th Armored Division Association, the Purple Heart Association and several professional hospitality sales and marketing associations.

He and his wife Colleen were among the founding members of Camp Venture, which serves the developmentally disabled in Rockland County. He served on its board of directors for many years.

He moved to Rockland County in 1967, living first in Stony Point and then Tomkins Cove for 22 years. In 2002, he moved to Nyack.

Survivors include his wife Colleen; a son, J. Patrick Brosnan of Sparkill; three daughters, Maire and her husband, Gregory Katavolos, of Nyack, Megan and her husband, Kevin Jones, of West Nyack and Maura and her husband, James Cozza, of Woodcliff Lake, N.J.; six grandchildren, Sarah and Alexander Katavolos, Cole and Molly Jones, and Aidan and Liam Cozza; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Saranne and Larry Morse of Merced, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Marguerite Carey, also of Merced; 15 nieces and nephews; 23 grandnieces and grandnephews; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Kevin, and a sister-in-law, Anne, of Manhattan.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name at Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956, and Camp Venture, 25 Smith St., Suite 510, Nanuet, NY 10954.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at St. Ann's Church, 16 Jefferson St., in Nyack. Burial was followed at Rockland County Veterans Memorial Cemetery.


Arrangements by Hannemann Funeral Home, Nyack.