Thomas
Branigan, Thomas D. December 3, 1920 - November 2, 2009 Tom was born in Seattle, Washington to Bernard and Rose Branigan. He attended Seattle Preparatory High School where his love of football emerged and he was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2004. Tom received a football scholarship to Washington State University and earned a degree in Physical Education. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and was stationed in the Philippines during WWII. Before he was shipped overseas, Tom married his high school sweetheart, Annabel Mangin, on September 26, 1944. After his tour of duty, he taught high school and coached a number of sports in Oregon and Washington. In 1956, Tom moved his family to California where he taught and coached at Morningside High School in Inglewood, CA until his retirement in 1987. Tom was active in his church, St. Lawrence Martyr as a Eucharistic Minister to the sick, and was a volunteer for All Life Charities. Tom and Annabel loved to travel the USA and made two trips to Ireland where he met Branigan cousins for the first time. Tom is preceded in death by his brother Bernard Branigan Jr. and his foster son, Don McGhee. He is survived by his wife Annabel, sister Rosemary Branigan of Seattle, WA, children: Maureen (Steve) Pekar, Kathleen Branigan, Mike (Alyce) Branigan, Terry (Sandy) Branigan, Patty (Manuel) Rodriguez, Mary (Greg) Lutack, Peggy (Mark) Stofila, grandchildren Christie (Dave) Nasser, Kevin (Kate) Pekar, Tommy Pekar, Brigid, Rosie and Sonia Rodriguez, Gabe, Ian and Rachel Lutack, Patrick and Rory Stofila, great grandchildren Erin and Gavin Pekar and Annabel Nasser. A rosary will be held at Rice Chapel on Friday, November 6, 2009 at 7:30PM. Visitation from 7:30- 9:30PM and Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 10AM at St. Lawrence Martyr Church, Redondo Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alz.org or All Life Charities, 214 Avenue E, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Please use this website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. We have always had the most fond memories of Tom. He quite manner, his sincer approach to the many problems in teaching were resolved. He always had a kind word or no word. I left MHS in 1967 but Tom remained a friend. Two fellows I respected very much were John Cappiello and Tom Branigan. We missed them but we shall meet again. We shall pray for Tom as we do for Joh.. God Keep you all. Vincent Migliazzo

  2. Dear Anabel amd Famiy, I just learned today in the Daily Breeze the passig of Tom (Mr.Wonderful) into eternal life. He was a special gift to all who knew him. I intend to celebrate his life at Mass on Saturday. My prayers and love are with all of you.

  3. Terry, Sandy, and family, Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family…hang in there. Beautiful video… Jim Morgan

  4. Mr. Branigan was my high school football coach. He walked to work at Morningside down lemoli street, passing in front of our house daily. He always had a pleasant and gentle manner. I had the opportunity to talk with he and his lovely wife at a reunion he recently attended. My deepest sympathy to his family. Dan Vorhies

  5. Very sorry to hear of Tom’s Passing. I have great memories of him from the old inglewood Village and my years at Morningside High School. Linda and My best wishes and Heart felt sorrow at his passing. Ron & Linda Fox (Morningside High 1970) Bob and Ruby Fox’s Son.

  6. My deepest sympathy at the recent loss of coach. He was a wonderful man, and had a deep love of God. May in rest in internal peace.

  7. My heart is with you all at this difficult time. I feel so blessed to have been able to see Tom and get a big hug so recently. My whole family sends their love. Bunny

  8. What a beautiful tribute to Tom and what an amazing family. He touched our lives so far away and he will continue to do so through the gift of his children.

  9. Dear Anabel, Even though I haven’t seen you and Tom for quite some time I fondly remember enjoying being Irish together. St. Lawrence won’t be the same. May Tom rest in peace, Denise

  10. To Annabel and Fam, accept our condolances on the death of your husband ,father and grandfather. Tom was a lucky man, having a great wife and many children and grandchildren to take him through the journey of life, he lived a long life to see them grow , and what a caring family.! there must be many memories of Tom and one day the tears of sorrow will turn into tears of laughter,we hereby wish you strength to get through this difficult time, (and a hug for Annabel from both of us.) Ron and Marjo De Ridder…….

  11. Thank’s to Tom’s wonderful wife, Annabel (a relative – her mother was my grandmother’s sister), I and my family were able to meet Tom with his engaging Irish smile. Annabel’s mother came from Jessenland Township in Minnesota, my original home. May Tom rest in peace and God bless his family.

  12. Please accept the Erb family’s condolences on the passing of Coach Branigan. Some of my personal best life lesson were learned through Mr. Branigan’s teachings on and off the field. Just the other day myself and some Morningside alumni were recently looking over the school annual from 1967 in October after meeting a person who play on the Bishop Montomery football team and we all commented on how we all learned from Tom. May your family’s health be well and live their lives to the fullest.

  13. My sincere condolences to you and your family, Annabel. My husband, Dale Duvall, passed away December 11, 2008 after over 60 years of a very happy marriage. I remember the good times at the Sullivans in Marysville during our first year of marriage — 1948-49. Sincerely, June Duvall Black Butte Ranch OR

  14. What a lovely tribute to Tom. I have great memories of him. My thoughts and prayers to all the Branigans. Ann & Daryl McClary

  15. Tom and Annabel Branigan have made one of the most important and possitive impacts in my life and the way I live it. Tom’s life on this earth will be deeply missed but much remembered. I love you guys and God bless you.

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