Brendan Loonam


Brendan Loonam, age 72, of Fair Lawn, NJ formerly of Bronx, NY on January 17, 2019.  Born on April 28, 1946 in Banagher, County Offaly, Ireland to Catherine and Thomas Loonam, he immigrated to the United States in 1956 at the age of ten.  He became a proud U.S. citizen in 1968.  A graduate of Iona College, he earned a Master’s Degree from The New School.  He was a lifelong educator who taught grades 1-12 in private and public schools in New York.  On August 4, 1974, he married Peggy Kramer and they raised two sons, Brendan (Jeanne) and Matthew (Megan) and have four grandchildren, Tinsley, James, Mae and Conor.

He will be remembered for his big heart and gentle manner, his love of literature and music, his kind and comedic spirit and his devotion to family.  Brendan was happiest surrounded by his two sons and their families.  He loved Ireland, the Bronx, the Yankees, and being a Democrat.

Brendan was predeceased in death by his parents, siblings, John, Peter, Tommy and Anne.  He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, and his mother-in-law, Eileen Kramer, four sisters-in-law, Jeanette Sandor, Kerianne Desriderio, Kristine Kramer and Eileen Downes, many beloved nieces and nephews and a beautiful circle of dear and loyal friends.

The family will receive relatives and friends Monday, January 21, 2019, 3-8 pm at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home.  A Funeral Mass is planned for Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 10 am at St. Catharine R.C. Church, 905 South Maple Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Brendan to the MS Center at Holy Name Medical Center, 718 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666 or Regis High School, 55 E. 84th Street, New York, NY 10028 would be appreciated.

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So sorry for your loss. I will never forget his one man show at tg he Fergus, one of the best plays I'd ever seen. Sarah Hughes
Sarah Hughes
A Beloved teacher and words with Friends master! You will be missed! May you rest in peace!
I am grateful I recently had the opportunity to share time with Brendan...reminiscing, sharing some laughs. Your family is in my prayers. He will always remain one of my dearest friends. Dennis Mahon
Dennis Mahon
Our deepest condolences on the death of Brendan. He made our family a better clan! May he Rest In Peace. Jeanne and Pat Woods
Jeanne Woods
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