Obituaries 11-25-2020

John J. “Butch” Brennan, Jr.

Former Mayor of Chelsea Whose True Passion Was Helping Others

John J. “Butch” Brennan, Jr. of Melrose, the former Mayor of Chelsea, entered into rest on November 15 at the age of 76.

Encouraged by the local community, Butch entered politics to help improve the city he loved.  He was an Alderman-At-Large from 1984 to 1987 and was the Mayor of Chelsea from 1988 to 1991.  After politics, Butch continued to be a true inspiration to many who knew him.  His true passion was helping others.  His legacy will live on.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the son of John J. Brennan and Eileen (Ryan) Brennan,  he was the beloved husband of the late Linda (Tillman) Brennan, loving father to Michael Patrick Brennan and his wife, Meghan of Ipswich, dear brother of William “Biff” Brennan and his wife, Claudia of Revere and the cherished grandpa of Riley Brennan and Taylor Brennan of Ipswich.  He is also survived by his nephew Matthew Brennan of Chelsea and his niece Kelly Brennan of Boston.

The family wishes to thank all of his devoted friends who helped care for Butch in his final months and they will be forever grateful for the love, loyalty and kindness displayed.  The family plans to celebrate his life in the future, post Covid-19.

Marcy Cochran

Devoted Member of Temple Emanuel, Chelsea

Marcy A. (Rosenberg) Cochran, 61, beloved wife of Joseph Cochran, died on November 21. The loving daughter of the late Edward Rosenberg and Judith (Rosenberg) Grell, she was the dear sister of Barry Rosenberg and the late Shelly Gray and the devoted cousin and aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Marcy worked at the Aon Corporation for 30 years as a director of Reinsurance Solutions and was part of the MGA practice group, and a founder of the Ignition Forum. Marcy was also an avid Red Sox fan and a devoted member of Temple Emmanuel of Chelsea.

Marcy and her husband loved to travel, especially to New Hampshire, Fort Myers and Aruba. She enjoyed life, always had a smile on her face, and was dedicated to her family and her friends. One of her favorite places was the Capital Grille, where she was treated like a celebrity.

She was a lifelong resident of Chelsea and loved the city. Her family owned Murray and Eddy’s, a popular delicatessen in the city in the 1960s and 1970s.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, private services will be held in Everett. A celebration of life will be held in her honor at a later date. Sharing written remembrances and condolences during this time will be essential in helping the Cochran/Rosenberg families reminisce, celebrate and heal. We encourage you to share your memories by visiting

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