A stunned and somber Cleveland Heights community will gather tonight to honor the memory one of its most well-regarded businessmen. Jim Brennan, owner of the popular Brennan’s Colony tavern, will be remembered tonight at 7:00 pm in a candlelight vigil on the corner of Meadowbrook Boulevard and Lee Road.
Police say Brennan was the victim of an attempted robbery on Monday afternoon and was shot by two masked suspects following a confrontation. He died of his wounds that evening in Metro Hospital.
“Jim Brennan was a true leader in our community for many years,” said Cleveland Heights mayor Dennis Wilcox in a public statement. “His enthusiasm for people, especially for children and families, made such a difference. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and his many friends.”
In addition to running the popular dining establishment, Brennan also hosted a variety of charity events and sports fundraisers, making him a visible and well-respected member of the Cleveland Heights community.
City officials, religious leaders, and Cleveland Heights residents have worked together to organize the vigil, where the focus will be on Brennan’s contributions to the Cedar Lee neighborhood, not on the crime that still remains unsolved.
“This will be an opportunity for the community to come together and honor the life of Jim Brennan,” Mayor Wilcox added. “Jim represented the very best of us as a community leader, a business owner, and a friend.”
The two suspects remain at large, and are described as black males aged 17-21.
Any information regarding the crime should be reported to the Cleveland Heights Police Department. Anonymous tips can be left at (216) 321-1234.