Sydney Drennan


A lifelong resident of the area, Sydney “Syd” Drennan passed away peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital, Wednesday, September 4, 2013. He was in his 82nd year.

Syd loved the St. Lawrence River, and made his home at 62 Fifth Street, East, Morrisburg for many years.  

He could be seen, many a day, sitting in a favourite chair on the grassy banks of Mariatown enjoying the summer breezes and watching the ships make their way through his beloved St. Lawrence River waters.  

The one thing he loved most was family.  

Syd was the loving father of four daughters, Nancy, Carol (Don MacGillvray), Linda and Brenda as well as nephew Kevin (Sherry Gallivan).  

He was the cherished grandfather of Jordan (Crystal), Rheanna (Kevin) Neilson, Hayden, Shylo and Madison Drennan and great-grandfather of Maddix Drennan.  

Syd was born January 15, 1932, in Iroquois, to parents James Drennan and Constance “Connie” (nee Bellamy).  

He enjoyed his work and was known for always putting in an honest days work for his pay.  Syd was quite a handyman and if not fixing something for family, then it was for a neighbour or friend.  

He repaired the weaving and loom machines while working for Caldwell Linen Mills in Iroquois, and was a caretaker for the Medical Clinics and The St. Lawrence Commission.  

Any job was to be done well and right. Syd made sure of that and taught those same values to his children.  

He adhered to St. John’s Anglican Church in Iroquois. In his spare time, Syd volunteered for the Boy Scouts of Canada and as a fireman in Iroquois.  Syd was always one, in his own unobtrusive way, to help others.  He gave generously to both CHEO and the Ottawa Mission.  

Respecting Syd’s quiet, unassuming nature, a private graveside service will be held at St. John the Baptist Anglican Cemetery, Iroquois with Rev. Susan McCullough officiating.  

Parker Funeral Home, Morrisburg is entrusted with arrangements.  

Memorial donations in Syd’s memory may be made to CHEO or the Ottawa Mission Foundation.  Condolences may be made at

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