Obituary: Edward Brennan |

Obituary: Edward Brennan

Longtime Aspen resident Edward H. Brennan died Saturday, Nov. 15, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Ed was born Sept. 16, 1926, in New Haven, Conn., to Edward Patrick and Mary Henderson Brennan. He spent his childhood years in Connecticut and Maine and attended an all-boys school as a youth in Eaglebrook, N.Y., before enlisting in the Navy on his 17th birthday. He served 2 1/2 years in the Navy before he was honorably discharged for injuries sustained during WWII.

Ed later met and married his first wife, fathering two sons, Ed and David Reems. Divorced some time later, he moved to Aspen to be a ski bum. In the late 1950s, he opened Aspen’s first Chinese restaurant, Trader Ed’s, where he was known to serve breakfast and a shot for $1.50. He also ran a small bed and breakfast, better known as Ed’s Beds, where you could get a room for $2.50 a night. However, you had to store your beer outside in the snow, probably because at those prices there was no room inside.

Ed also had a love for creative writing and even took up a short-lived career in the publishing business, writing a one-page article called the “Bullsheet,” published whenever he felt like it. Ed’s primary focus, however, was in real estate, which be pursued for many years. In 1962, he married Arlene Brennan and had a daughter.

Spending the summers in Maine sailing and the winters in Aspen skiing was the ideal life for Ed. He was a gentle man with big dreams which he pursued. He will be missed dearly as we say goodbye to another piece of Aspen’s history.

Ed is survived by his sons, Ed and David Reems, of Columbus, Ohio; his daughter Mary Harvey, granddaughter Paris Harvey, and son-in-law Noah Harvey, all of Grand Junction.

Cremation has taken place, and his burial will be alongside his family of New Haven, Conn. A memorial service will be held in Aspen at a later date.

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