Condolence: I am so saddened by Brenda's passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with this family. As a Classmate of Craig's and one who knew him well while at West Point, Brenda stayed in touch with those of us who were in the same company at school. This was such a great feeling that she stayed a part of our group. I know the pain in the family is difficult to endure. Please know that you are cared for, and that you will always be part of our extended family.
Condolence: Dear Kate, Drew & Families,
We were shocked to hear of Brenda's passing on Facebook today (her Birthday). We are so sorry for your loss. We thought of Brenda often, and send our sincere condolences to your family.
Condolence: Dear Kate, Drew, beautiful granddaughters and Chris,
I miss Brenda every day.
When she first moved to town and became active in Newcomers, we appreciated her extreme creativity, decision making ability and love of family. Brenda was one of the three original founders of "Ladies Bridge", along with Carolyn Kershaw and myself. We had so much fun recreating a bridge luncheon of the 50's. Brenda's invitation, printed on card stock of the March hare, was gorgeous:
" Your hand has been dealt
an invitation to a vintage style
Ladies Bridge Luncheon
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, September 10
26 Fox Run, Kennebunkport
Dress: pearls and polka dots welcome"
While paused by the pandemic, Ladies Bridge still continues since 2013 and we have a yearly luncheon. The Bleak Midwinter Party at the Conservation Trust also continues.
We would often email each other articles of interest. Brenda's were impressively from the Atlantic, mine from the NYT. Oh well, it's the thought that counts.
I had the good fortune to know Brenda as a peer community college communicator. We met through NCMPR and discovered we had a number of things in common--a love of Dr. Don Bagin of Rowan University (then Glassboro State College) and roots in Philadelphia. I loved Brenda's sharp mind, decisive thinking and inquisitiveness about the world. When she was named NCMPR District 1 Communicator of the Year it was a well-deserved honor for a respected top-notch public relations and marketing practitioner. In retirement we communicated frequently through Facebook and I had had hoped to visit her in Maine once the pandemic was over. I was so sad I didn't know she was sick and didn't have a chance to say goodbye. One of the last times we communicated was around a photo I posted of the cranberry bogs in Whitesbog, N.J. I live in Southern NJ now and I know she had a deep love of the area, its blueberries, cranberries and natural beauty. Your memorial tribute was beautifully and lovingly written and a fitting tribute to a fine woman. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. Please accept my sincerest condolences. Fondly, Kathy Corbalis
Condolence: Dear Kate & Drew,
My heart goes out to you!
I worked with Brenda for almost 15 years and she was a wonderful boss. She put together our great Publications team at Middlesex Community College and always got the best work out of us. (Which explains the many marketing awards we won over the years.)
As the mother of young children when she first hired me, I really appreciated Brenda’s flexibility when child care — or child emergency — issues popped up. She was always very understanding when family issues suddenly impacted work schedules.
On the other hand, Brenda ran a tight ship at MCC — as I’m sure she did at home! We consistently came up with innovative and creative ways to market the college, and we never missed a deadline.
I have always appreciated Brenda’s big heart. We celebrated department members’ birthdays together and she always picked up the tab. Brenda was also a very loyal supervisor and highly focused on team building. Under her leadership, our department worked exceptionally well together. We knew that Brenda’s No. 1 goal was promoting the college and the way education can change lives — and that became our goal too.
I am so sorry for your loss. Rest assured that Brenda will be sorely missed, and know that you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.
Condolence: I have so many warm, wonderful memories of Brenda from our days in Acton, running into each other at Roche Brothers, to our numerous interactions at Middlesex Community College, to my working with her as one of her freelance writers on MCC's Profiles magazine and finally to being friends and breakfast buddies here in beautiful Maine. She was funny, smart, insightful and charming. I will miss running in to her, chatting and catching up. I treasure the memories and I pray that she is at peace after her valiant, courageous fight.
Condolence: Gods Blessings for the smartest friends I know, I will remember your wit, energy...and all that you gave to our community...in the short time you lived here...You're now playing bridge with the big guys...all the best for your family!