Wayne County airport official Sean Brosnan dies at 54

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
Sean Brosnan celebrating his first day of retirement after over 30 years of service to Wayne County and Wayne County Detroit Metro Airport.

Sean Patrick Brosnan, a retired Wayne County airport official who died Dec. 25, 2017, will be remembered as "colorful, kind-hearted and dynamic."

Brosnan, 54,was born on April 2, 1963, to Brendan and Bridget.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Maureen Miller Brosnan, a longtime Livonia City Council member, and three children: Marie, 23, Rory, 20, Ellie, 15. 

Brosnan retired in February as the Wayne County Airport Authority's senior vice president of operations after a 30-year career, including serving as Willow Run Airport's director for 13 years.

Joseph R. Nardone, CEO of Wayne County Airport Authority, said Brosnan's positive impact on the airport will never be forgotten. 

“The WCAA Airport Community is in mourning and we are praying for Sean’s family and friends. Sean was a special guy whom I called a friend for more than 30 years," Nardone said in an email. "Sean was one of those people others are drawn to — colorful, kind-hearted and dynamic. I was honored to know him and he will be missed,”

Brosnan graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1981, Madonna University with a bachelor’s degree in public administration in 1986 and the University of Michigan with a master's degree in public administration in 1992.

Brosnan was also involved in sports coaching men's varsity lacrosse at Father Gabriel Richard High School for seven years, and in 2017, he led the team to the Catholic League Championship. He also served as the director of St. Michael Catholic School boys soccer program.

Maureen Miller Brosnan did not immediately respond to requests Thursday but in a statement to Hometown Life said their family's grief is inexpressible.

"I could not have had a more supportive spouse. We were a team, taking on all of life’s inevitable challenges, both of public service and of a full family life, with joy and love and enthusiasm and verve," she wrote. "That is how we all will remember him — we will recall his smile, his pride in his kids, his goodness, his love of people, his humor, his enthusiasm."

The cause of death was suicide, according to the Wayne County medical examiner. 

Visitation will be held from 3-9 p.m. Dec. 29, 2017, at Fred Wood Funeral Home at 36100 Five Mile Road in Livonia. A rosary will take place at 7 p.m.

A Mass in celebration of his life will take place at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 30, 2017, at Most Holy Trinity Church at 1050 Porter in Detroit.  

In lieu of flowers, the Brosnan family asks visitors consider donations in his honor to Most Holy Trinity Church.