To Remember and Celebrate

On October 19, 2017, we lost a terrific husband, father, son, brother, cousin, uncle and friend when Brendan Hanrahan passed away at the age of 38 due to heart complications, leaving behind his wife, Kate, and two children, Declan (3 years) and Quinn (7 months). Brendan had a profound impact on so many people, due in large part to his warm personality and generous spirit. Please join us in remembering him, celebrating his life and supporting Kate, Declan and Quinn at the 2nd Annual Brendan Hanrahan Memorial Golf Outing.

About Brendan

Brendan was born on August 9th, 1979 to Mike and Maureen Hanrahan in Orland Park, IL. His life started with a challenging beginning, coming into this world with heart complications from day one.

Throughout Brendan’s childhood he enjoyed playing baseball and following the latest in Chicago Bears football. He attended Carol Sandburg High School and went on to be a highly skilled technician at Emcor Team Mechanical.

Throughout Brendan’s life, he made countless relationships over a good belly laugh. Those same friends are the ones that support his family to this day.

Brendan and Kate met on a rainy Memorial Day weekend in 2007. They met up with mutual friends at Schoolyard Tavern in the city. They actually met in passing once before at the Southside Irish Parade earlier that year, however, Kate thought he was kind of a jerk :). Luckily on that particular day in May, they hit it off and they went on their first date that week. Kate was late for the date and Brendan joked with the bartender that she stood him up! But, eventually, she showed and they talked about so much they had in common and Brendan made Kate laugh the entire night. Two and a half years later, he proposed to her at the same restaurant!

They got married in Springfield in 2010 on one of the hottest weekends of the year. They were surrounded by their family and friends and so much love. And the reception was a blast! The dance floor was packed the whole night. They said it was wonderful to have everyone they love in one place.

In 2013, their greatest adventure began when they welcomed Declan to the world. Declan was a sweet and smiley baby who was very patient with his parents who didn’t really know what they were doing! Quinn joined them in 2017 and she’s been the boss since day one! Brendan was an involved and wonderful dad, and Declan and Quinn were his pride and joy.

Brendan’s family and friends plan to throw this memorial event annually to gather to remember him and celebrate his life.

During this celebration, we hope to support his wife, Kate, as she supports their two beautiful children, Declan and Quinn.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Hanrahan Children’s Education Fund.

To Support the Family

Proceeds from the Brendan Hanrahan Memorial Golf Outing directly and solely benefit the Hanrahan Children’s Education Fund. This fund has been established to provide post-secondary education financial assistance for his young children, Declan and Quinn. Once anticipated education expenses for Declan and Quinn have been covered in the future, the family hopes to continue to raise funds to meet the needs of other area children facing similar circumstances.

Kate's Spring '19 Update

We’ve been busy since the 1st Annual Brendan Hanrahan Memorial Golf Outing! Declan is finishing up his last year of preschool and heading to Kindergarten in the fall. In October, we gathered with family and friends for a memorial mass to remember Brendan. We know he was looking down on us, smiling. We went to Arizona with my parents in November to visit my aunt and grandma. Highlights included swimming and going to the zoo. Declan turned five in November and we celebrated with a Hot Wheels birthday party. We enjoyed the holidays with family and kicked off the new year in the Wisconsin Dells! Quinn’s golden birthday was in March and we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with the Holly clan! Declan went to Florida for spring break with Aunt Bridget, Uncle Jeff, Emmett and William to visit Brendan’s mom and dad. Highlights of this trip were swimming, going on a pirate ship and riding a jet ski for the first time! Unfortunately, Quinn and I couldn’t make it at the last minute due to an allergic reaction for Quinn. That girl is going to keep me on my toes! We hope you’ve all had a healthy and happy year and we look forward to seeing you on August 2! 💚

Kate Hanrahan
Wife

Hanrahan Children’s Education Fund

In 2018, the generosity of so many of Brendan’s family, friends and community at-large allowed the 1st Annual Brendan Hanrahan Memorial Golf Outing to raise over $25,000 towards Declan and Quinn’s education.  With your continuing support in 2019, we will again be able to financially help support Kate raising their two kids and provide future opportunities for them, all while remembering Brendan, celebrating his life and continuing this annual tradition of gathering in his honor.

Proceeds from the Brendan Hanrahan Memorial Golf Outing directly and solely benefit the Hanrahan Children’s Education Fund.  This fund has been established to provide post-secondary education financial assistance for his young children, Declan and Quinn.  Once anticipated education expenses for Declan and Quinn have been covered in the future, the family hopes to continue to raise funds to meet the needs of other area children facing similar circumstances.