December 3, 1920 ~ November 2, 2009
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.
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