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John Lawrence Drennan

John Lawrence Drennan
  • June 27, 1965 - November 23, 2018
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Lawyers Helping Lawyers, South Carolina Chapter
    P.O. Box 608
    Columbia, SC 29202

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“Patriots football, Boston Red Sox and spaghetti dinners are only a few of the memories about John we will hold close to our hearts. A great friend...Read More »
1 of 73 | Posted by: Lark Hiser - Charleston, SC


2 of 73 | Posted by: Kevin Colwell - Mechanicsville, VA

“God Bless your children...Always a Loving ad proud dad...Loved You.... ”
3 of 73 | Posted by: Dan McKelvey - MP, SC


4 of 73 | Posted by: Dan McKelvey - MP, SC

“Thank you, John, for always being my friend, my boss, and now an angel to watch over me. I will never forget you, your spirit, or your love of life...Read More »
5 of 73 | Posted by: Marilyn Clifford - James Island, SC

“John and I were great friends. I spoke with him only a few days before his passing. John planned to meet me Friday in Jonas RIdge. He didn't call or...Read More »
6 of 73 | Posted by: Donald Banner - Danville, VA


7 of 73 | Posted by: Frankie Meadows - Johns Island, SC

“May God shine his light upon you John. I am truly blessed to have known you. ”
8 of 73 | Posted by: Barbara Eagle - North Charleston, SC

“John was the first to greet with a smile and part with a laugh and a warm handshake. He will be missed by all. ”
9 of 73 | Posted by: David Savage - Charleston, SC

“Drennan Family: John and I were in law school together. He was always friendly and quick to laugh. I have seen John just a view times since back...Read More »
10 of 73 | Posted by: A friend

Class of '87 F-Troopers at the start of Ring Night, Fall 1986. “I will always remember John as he appeared in this photo. Glass held high, always full of good cheer, and forever young. ”
11 of 73 | Posted by: Mike Cicero - Holly Springs, GA

“Our Deepest Sympathies to the entire Drennan Family.John was a beautiful person, wonderful friend, and great neighbor. A man with a heart of gold who...Read More »
12 of 73 | Posted by: John & Elaine Nugent - SC

“To the Drennan Family and the Drennan Law Firm Family:Deepest condolences and sympathies. I am very sad for your loss. John was a friend and a...Read More »
13 of 73 | Posted by: Ian Watterson - Charleston, SC

“Joann and your family please accept my deepest sorrow for your family loss .We May have not crossed ways in many years but May God Bless and Watch...Read More »
14 of 73 | Posted by: Tom Nigro - Wellington, FL

“My condolences to the entire Drennan family,rest in peace, Johnny ”
15 of 73 | Posted by: Samuel Barnes - Lincoln, NH

“My condolences to the family and friends of John Drennan. He will be greatly missed. His spirit lives on. I know he'll be watching over his children...Read More »
16 of 73 | Posted by: Karen Tohen - Estero, FL

“Dear Joann and Family,Thinking of you with deepest sympathy.With love and prayers,Ellen Hale from 10 East, MUSC ”
17 of 73 | Posted by: Ellen Hale - Charleston, SC

“To all family members,My deepest condolences. ”
18 of 73 | Posted by: Diane Carey - Port Orange, FL

“John, ....The last memory I have is us together at the Moody Blues concert where we both were able to be kids and relax to their great music.You were...Read More »
19 of 73 | Posted by: Norb Cummings - Summerville, SC

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
20 of 73 | Posted by: Brad Jordan - Edgemoor, SC

“Dear Richard, Peter, Paul, Mary and family,We were saddened to hear of John's sudden death. We will keep your families in our thoughts and prayers...Read More »
21 of 73 | Posted by: Mary Ann Franco - Worcester, MA

“Dear Allison and Jack,We were saddened to hear of the untimely death of your dear father. We hope that you are comforted by the many fond memories...Read More »
22 of 73 | Posted by: Mary Ann Franco (Drennan) - MA

“Slán abhaile, John. I'm honored to have called you friend.Michael Donoghue Summerville, SC ”
23 of 73 | Posted by: A friend

“John was a great lawyer and an all around good guy.I will miss him.My sincere condolences to his family. ”
24 of 73 | Posted by: Victor Revelise - SC - Friend

“I miss you so much, boss. ”
25 of 73 | Posted by: Adam Russo - Mount Pleasant, SC

“I am sorry to hear about the loss of your dear loved one. ”
26 of 73 | Posted by: MH - NC

“Dear Richard, this is sad news, John and your family will be in my thoughts. ”
27 of 73 | Posted by: Michael Mullin - San Francisco, CA

“Drennan Family, sorry for your loss you are in our thoughts and prayers please accept our condolences ”
28 of 73 | Posted by: Bill & Debbie Tobin - Spring Hill, FL

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29 of 73 | Posted by: Raymond Hover

“We are sorry to hear about your great loss. Our prayers are with you.David TW and Sue Condron ”
30 of 73 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Richard and the entire Drennan family,We are incredibly sorry to hear of John's passing. We remember him, holding hands with your mom, at the St...Read More »
31 of 73 | Posted by: Mary & Beamer Connolly - MA

“My condolences to the Drennan family. ”
32 of 73 | Posted by: Russ Langley - Charlotte, NC

“Drennan'sSincere condolences to all of you. Thankfully I know your family, friends and loved ones will help you with the burden of the loss of your...Read More »
33 of 73 | Posted by: Shaun Brennan - Boston, MA

“My deepest condolence to Johns family and friends. I've known John for years he was a wonderful man who will be truly missed. Rest In Peace John ”
34 of 73 | Posted by: Gracie Liddell - Friend

“John played on The Citadel Golf team with me and I have very fond memories of our time together. He was a great guy that everyone enjoyed being...Read More »
35 of 73 | Posted by: Mark Stephens - Charlotte, NC

“John I can remember us doing things together like it was yesterday, playing together, going out all the time, your friendship was something I will...Read More »
36 of 73 | Posted by: Warren Goddard - Southbridge, MA

“Richard, Peter, Paul and Mary - pleas accept my sympathies to you and your familiesBrenda Mayo (Plouffe) ”
37 of 73 | Posted by: Brenda Mayo - East Falmouth, MA

“Thanks for all the good memories John!! ”
38 of 73 | Posted by: Jayme Adduono - ON - friend

“Dick & FamilyMy Deepest Sympathy to you and the your family.Lucy Baldessarini ”
39 of 73 | Posted by: Lucy Baldessarini - Pittsfield, MA


40 of 73 | Posted by: PAMELA SHUGRUE - RICHMOND, MA

“Am so sorry for your sudden loss. He was such a kind man was always there when one of my children needed him. He will surely be missed. ”
41 of 73 | Posted by: Lyla Gamblin - Moncks Corner, SC

“Richard and Family,We are so very sorry to hear of your brother's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. ”
42 of 73 | Posted by: Jim & Terry Boland - The Vilages, FL

“Dear Drennan Family. It is with great sadness that we hear of John,s passing. A great kid in his heyday at the Deming field in Southeast Pittsfield....Read More »
43 of 73 | Posted by: Linda & Jim Yarmey - Hinsdale, MA

“Will miss my friend and fellow member Bulls Bay Golf Club. Great guy! Will think often of our fun times together. ”
44 of 73 | Posted by: Steve Peper - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Dear Drennan family,I am so sorry to learn of John's passing. That John chose to devote his life to helping others reveals a kind and generous...Read More »
45 of 73 | Posted by: Mary Ellen Manning - Wellfleet, MA

“Dear Drennan Family, Richard, Peter, Paul and Mary,It is with great sadness that we write to tell you how very sorry we are to hear and read of John...Read More »
46 of 73 | Posted by: ann forsyth - germantown, TN

“So sorry to hear this news! John will be fondly remembered. ”
47 of 73 | Posted by: Jay Brown - MOUNT PLEASANT, SC

“Loving memories and prayers for John's family ”
48 of 73 | Posted by: Barry and Bonnie Malasky - SC

“A greater and a beautiful human being my life was made richer by knowing him.I will miss him this world got colder and something good is missing...Read More »
49 of 73 | Posted by: John Tisdale - Ridgeville, SC

“John was a wonderful person, a great friend and a great lawyer. He will be missed. ”
50 of 73 | Posted by: Ervin Blanks - North Charleston, SC

“Offering our sincere condolences. May the God of love comfort your heart and make you firm in your time of grief. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17. ”
51 of 73 | Posted by: A friend

“Richard and the Drennan family, Very sorry to hear of John's passing. Trin and I enjoyed visiting with him in Charleston a few years ago. Our...Read More »
52 of 73 | Posted by: Peter Bertocci - Franklin, MA

“I am so very sorry to hear of John's passing. I met John through SC Stingrays hockey many years ago, and will always remember him as the fun loving,...Read More »
53 of 73 | Posted by: Terri Mills - N Charleston, SC

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54 of 73 | Posted by: Mary Hanlon

“I me John a few times. Being an Irish-American and a Citadel graduate, we had many things and friends in common. I haven't seen John in many months...Read More »
55 of 73 | Posted by: brendan cooney - Alexandria, VA

The Drennan Five
56 of 73 | Posted by: Mary Hanlon

“John was such a deeply caring, loving, complicated man. I truly loved and will miss him. He is now at peace, and I pray peace for those left here,...Read More »
57 of 73 | Posted by: Kathy Simons - Charleston

“John was a wonderful attorney and friend. He touched many lives. We met at Harvard many years ago at a NCDD seminar and remained friends and business...Read More »
58 of 73 | Posted by: Burk Beale - Woodbridge, VA

“May God comfort the family in this difficult time. We will miss John! Psalms 116:15.~Trey Cockrell ”
59 of 73 | Posted by: Trey Cockrell - Chesterfield, SC

“Sending love and hugs at this sad time.The Allen Family ”
60 of 73 | Posted by: meg allen - dedham, MA

“I'm am deeply saddened by this news. May the Holy Spirit comfort his family and deliver him to the arms of the Father. ”
61 of 73 | Posted by: Joe Smithdeal - Greenwood, SC

“My sincere condolences to the Drennan family for your loss. I was a classmate of John's at USC School of Law in the Class of 1990, and have vivid...Read More »
62 of 73 | Posted by: Kenneth Gross - Fredericksburg, VA

“John was an excellent lawyer, but more importantly, he was an outstanding father. ”
63 of 73 | Posted by: Bob Haley - Charleston, SC

“Richard, Paul and Mary. I am so sorry to hear about John. Great guy. My condolences to you all and your extended family ”
64 of 73 | Posted by: Bobby Andrew - Norfolk, MA

“My deepest Sympathy to the entire Drennan family. Prayers for the family. So sorry for your loss. ”
65 of 73 | Posted by: Debbie Kinney - Springfield, MA

“The Drennan Family, Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. John was a friend of more than 20 years and the go to guy for me regarding...Read More »
66 of 73 | Posted by: Ray Wright - Charleston, SC

“Sympathies to the family great loss, Cousins Michael & Joan Shea Mary Ellen Shea ”
67 of 73 | Posted by: Michael Shea - Hampden, MA

“Dear Richard and family, I pray God will give you comfort and peace during this time of great loss. My sincere condolences. ”
68 of 73 | Posted by: Bill Windover - Cowan, TN

“I will really miss John. He had such a great easy going demeanor. I never saw him in Court but I am sure he had the same confidence there as he did...Read More »
69 of 73 | Posted by: Larry Kohn - Atlanta, GA - Friend

“I am so sorry to hear about John's passing. I just wanted his family to know how highly thought of John by his peers nationally. I know you will miss...Read More »
70 of 73 | Posted by: Doug Huey - Columbus, OH - Friend

“John had a huge heart. He will be missed. Love and prayers to the family. ”
71 of 73 | Posted by: Joseph Cerato - Mount Pleasant, SC

“I first met John when I was working as a law clerk for Judge Rawl in 1993. John was one of my favorite people to watch in the courtroom AND one of...Read More »
72 of 73 | Posted by: Laura Robinson - West Columbia, SC

“Godspeed my friend. ”
73 of 73 | Posted by: Peter DeLuca - Mount Pleasant, SC


John Lawrence Drennan, 53, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at his home in Mount Pleasant, SC on Friday, November 23, 2018. His memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 in J. HENRY STUHR, INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road at 11:00 am. The family will receive friends in the Mount Pleasant Chapel on Saturday from 10:00 am until time of the service.

John was the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. F. Richard Drennan of Pittsfield, MA. He was born on June 27, 1965 and was the youngest of 5 Irish children. His birth brought tremendous joy to the Drennan household. He was a 1983 graduate of St Joseph High School, a 1987 graduate of the Citadel Military College in Charleston, SC, and a 1990 graduate of University of South Carolina Law School. He was a natural athlete from an early age, which included his tenure as the 3rd baseman for a State Champion little league team in 1977. He captained his high school hockey team and his high school golf team which were also state championship teams. He also competed for the Citadel Varsity golf team.

After serving as a police officer on Martha's Vineyard, John was a practicing attorney in South Carolina. He began his career working in the public defender's office, then later at Joye Law Firm, specializing in criminal and traffic defense. Subsequently, he founded and operated the Drennan Law Firm. He was a nationally recognized, cutting-edge criminal defense attorney and, moreover, a leader in his field. John was an extremely hardworking trial attorney and he persisted in serving people to the end. He was a generous man of the people who made a difference in people's lives and represented them zealously in their legal matters. John loved the South and loved Charleston, especially since the people of Charleston made him feel at home and gracefully embraced him.

He was survived by his beloved two children, Allison and John "Jack" Drennan and their mother, Joann Drennan of Mt. Pleasant, SC, as well as his siblings Atty. Richard X. Drennan, of Pittsfield, MA, Dr. Peter J. Drennan and his wife Michele, of Longmeadow, MA, Paul Drennan, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Mary Hanlon and her husband Bill, of Melrose, MA, and many nieces and nephews and his beloved cat Vinny. He was predeceased by his parents F. Richard & Marion Drennan and his beloved sister-in-law Jamie Drennan.

Memorials may be made to Lawyers Helping Lawyers - South Carolina Chapter, P.O. Box 608, Columbia, SC 29202.