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.