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Community is saddened by loss of slain bar owner, Funeral to be held Saturday

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Jim Brennan (Source: WOIO) Jim Brennan (Source: WOIO)
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It was a heartbreaking day for the Brennan family and their friends. A full 45 minutes before the start of Jim Brennan's wake a line slipped out the door and into the parking lot of the funeral home. Dennis Murphy is one of the funeral home owners, a tough day for him, Jim Brennan was a great friend of his.

"Very difficult, this is one of the most tragic incidents we can think of, something like this, especially being the type of person Jimmy Brennan was," says Dennis Murphy of Schulte Mahon Murphy Funeral Home.

Brennan was murdered on a Monday afternoon while preparing for another day at the Colony restaurant and bar he owned. Some believe the Colony was the heart and soul of the Cedar Lee district simply because Brennan poured his heart and soul into the community.

There was more sadness than anger as many gathered to pay their respects. "That's what it is for me, you can't help what goes on in the world, all you can do is look back on his life and what he did and who he touched," says Frank Uhlir, a friend of Brennan's.

While his friends and family mourned Brennan's loss, in the Cedar Lee district, there was a feeling of relief that Cleveland Heights Police have made arrests.

"The community that was built here, especially in Cleveland Heights, is focused on keeping everyone safe.  So with those arrests being made it settles a lot of spirits," says Mary Kate Glowe, a Cleveland Heights resident.

Brennan's Funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at Church of the Gesu in University Heights. Family asks in lieu of flower to send donations in memory of Jim to the Cleveland Food Bank or Rose-Mary Center

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