Eric Patrick Brennan, the CEO of About Faces Day Spa & Salon who enjoyed fishing and rock climbing, died of complications from a severe stroke on Saturday at Sinai Hospital. He was 41 and lived in Cockeysville.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Timonium on Chapel Valley Lane, he was the son of Patrick Joseph Brennan, an aerospace engineer who founded the About Faces spa with his partner, Helga Maria Surratt, who also worked in the health field. and beauty.
Mr. Brennan enrolled in the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland as a youth and graduated in 1999. He played lacrosse and soccer. He then earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Boston College.
He met his future wife, Elizabeth Harker, after a football game at Federal Hill.
He joined the family business and became its operations manager. Based in Towson, he worked alongside his parents and helped the business expand to Salisbury, Timonium, Pikesville, Canton and Annapolis. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the spa-salon employed more than 400 employees.
“Eric was good with people, but he had a strong financial and business background,” his father said. “He was working with the banks and our suppliers. He understood investing and how to grow a business. He was good with our staff. When we opened a new location, he had an appreciation for the overall aesthetic. He understood architecture and design and how to bring out the best in the establishment. He had an eye for furniture and equipment.
Longtime friend Brandon Carney said: “He grew up in the business. When he and I were 13, we spent a summer labeling lipsticks at their Timonium warehouse. He had a passion for this job and I always liked talking about it with him. Eric was extremely bright and, at the same time, a people person.
Another friend, Jack Woloszyn, said: “Eric was the hub of the wheel for all our friends. He had intense devotion to those around him. I’ve never met anyone who knew him who didn’t claim him as his best friend.
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Mr. Woloszyn recalled that Mr. Brennan had “an analytical mind” which served him well in business.
“You could have a long and civil discussion with him on political, economic and financial issues,” Mr Woloszyn said. “These discussions were logical and not acrimonious. He listened to both sides of an argument. He was very centrist.
Mr. Brennan attended an annual corporate fundraising event in October to help with breast cancer research. He also hosted hairdressing events where fees paid were donated to charity, including those for a Towson University scholarship. He has worked with the American Cancer Society and the City of Hope Radiation Oncology.
Mr. Brennan enjoyed fly fishing on Gunpowder Falls. He also surf-fished Martha’s Vineyard. He was bilingual and spent time in Kissing, Germany with his mother and family. He was a rock climber and learned the sport as a teenager at the old Clipper Mill. He also climbed in New York State.
A music fan, he followed the Grateful Dead, Phish and Greensky Bluegrass.
A funeral mass is planned at the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity in Timonium.
In addition to his wife of nine years, a former teacher at Roland Park Elementary School, he is survived by one son, Teddy Brennan; one daughter, Ainsley Brennan; and his parents. He is also survived by a family friend, Margarete Doyle.