Michael Brogan – 3/11/2019

March 12th, 2019

Michael James Brogan, age 76, passed away on March 11, 2019 after a short illness surrounded by family and friends. Michael was a truly caring man who lived his faith every day. He was a great friend to many people and was always ready to help someone in need.

He was born in Philadelphia and a graduate of St. Thomas More class of 1960. He joined the Navy Reserves in 1959 and served for 6 years. As a teen and young adult he worked as a keeper at the Philadelphia Zoo. Michael worked in the HVAC industry and then as an electrician for SEPTA for 38 years until his recent illness forced him to retire.   He was involved with the Boy Scouts of America for many years through the Sea Scouts, Sea Explorers and DVYBA. Skipper of the SES Dolphin 74/737.

Captain Mike, as he was often known, was beloved by many and will be remembered for his enjoyment of the Sea on his boat “The Freedom” that he shared with his brother John.

Michael was proud of his Irish heritage and for many years dressed as a leprechaun, visited SEPTA and some local bars in Delaware County, PA. It gave him great pleasure to bring joy to others. Sadly, he was not able to continue the tradition this year.

He had recently realized his life- long dream of home ownership, after completing an extensive remodel, he moved to Marcus Hook, Pa.

He is predeceased by his parents Michael J. and Elizabeth (Pryor) and his brother Kevin. Survived by his sister, Mary Brogan Rentz (Ted) of Hollywood, FL and brother, John Thomas (Dorothy) of King of Prussia, PA. He leaves many nieces, nephews, godchildren, especially, Michael J. Dougherty. The family wishes to thank Michael’s lifelong friends, The Perry Family, formerly of SW Philly, for their love, support, embracement, especially during his illness and for many decades of friendship.   Friends and family are invited to his viewing on Monday, March 18th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Joseph A. Ward Funeral Home 1459 Market St. Linwood, PA.  His funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, March 20th at 10:30 am with visitation from 9:30-10:30 at St. John Fisher Church in Upper Chichester, PA.  Inurnment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.


12 thoughts on “Michael Brogan – 3/11/2019

  • By Ken on

    With deep sympathy your sorrow is shared. Captain Mike had an impact on all who knew him. May his faith in Jesus words at John 6:40 console us all.

  • By Dave EL on

    Great Spirited Guy Mike…you will be missed Mr. Leprechaun! RIP

  • By Paul Fox on

    He will be sadly missed by all his relatives and family in Ireland

  • By Patricia Cavanaugh on

    Fond memories of Michael especially the last time I saw him. Michael was surrounded by love of family and dear friends. Michael stated it was the best week of his life. Rest In Peace, Michael. ☘️

  • By Gus miller on

    My Captain, I will miss you. We had a lot of fun at Woodland. It was honor to know you and to work with you for all those years. When Captain came Into a room he always brought a smile to everyones face, I will miss my little Leprechaun, 🍀 The Duke of Delaware

  • By Mary wagoner on

    Our thoughts are with Captain Mike and your time on the Freedom! Love and prayers from Oklahoma

  • By Erroll Rittenour on

    Happy sailing Captain Mike, May the good Lord be with you on your new journey!

  • By David Archut on

    I was lucky enough to have worked alongside “Captain Mike “from time to time over the last 20 years working at SEPTA. It was always a pleasure and there were always plenty of laughs. I’m grateful our paths crossed in life. R.I.P and God Bless Captain

  • By John e.b. on

    Wow. Too sudden.
    I’m reminded, “The little sweet doth kill much bitterness”. Keats. It was sweet to know him.

  • By Rich Grant on

    Captain Mike,

    You are sorely missed by all of us at Woodland shop. May God grant you peace and eternal rest.
    Fair winds and following seas.

    “The Chief of the Boat”
    Richard Grant USN Retired

  • By Mitra Harrysingh on

    Captain was an incredible man,who respected and treated everyone that he came in contact with, he lighted up a room and will sorely be missed, I am glad to have known such a good soul, may his soul find its way back to God

  • By Sue Cahill on

    Michael you will be missed. You were a great part of the Perry family. Love Sue & Tom

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