Condolence & Memory Journal

I was just informed of Sean's passing. He was a great guy. I first met Sean when he was a project manager for Fox Hill Village in Westwood while working for Schumacher Landscape. Both of us graduated from U-Mass but we never really met given that we were a couple years apart.
I finished Grad school in 1988 and walked into a recession with very limited work. An LA in Cambridge sent me home with a set of plans for Fox Hill and a couple weeks later I met Sean at a job site. To say the least, Sean and the team showed me how it was done. My first real project has stuck with me throughout my career. He was a great guy. Real team player. We would cross paths periodically to catch up. He never changed, other than the hair line and girth like all of us. Same smile, same personality. Approachable, up beat. A pace setter. I am sure he has been a mentor for countless over the years both professionally and personally. I am sure he has instilled the same character in your family. He will be deeply missed.
My sincerest condolences.

Greg & Ann Bilowz

Posted by Greg Bilowz - Work   June 25, 2021

I was so sorry to see Sean had passed away . Our parents lived across the street from each other on Colby Ave . His parents and mine were good friends of Nancy and Denis . Please send my condolences to Kathy and all the family .

Posted by Suzy Hynes Gentile - Holden, MA - Friend   October 05, 2020

Dear Lori and Family,

We were so saddened to learn of Sean's passing. You are all such wonderful neighbors. We will miss his smile and good nature, his kindness and generosity. Our thoughts are with you during this most difficult time.

Posted by Tom and Joanna Heim - Rockport, MA - Neighbor   October 03, 2020

Lori and family, my deepest sympathy for the sudden passing of Sean. Sean was an amazing Boss but an even better friend. He always gave his time and made us feel as his friend that we were the most important thing going on in his life at that moment. Because of Sean I have learned how to be more committed and present to people and I will forever be thankful to him for that.

Posted by Rich Falletti - Coworker   October 02, 2020

September 28, 2020
I was saddened to hear the news of Sean's untimely passing. My deepest sympathies. Sean's telephone call when my husband Bill passed was something I will always cherish. He helped me greatly to realize how my memories of him would give me strength to face the days and life ahead. Sean truly cared about people and I only wish he could somehow know How much he was cared for.

Posted by Marion Pressley - Friend   October 01, 2020

My condolences for your loss. Sean was an amazing boss mentor and leader. His memory will always be in my heart. god bless....

Posted by Leon Benson - Edison, NJ - Coworker   September 30, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Sean was an amazing soul and will always be remembered in our hearts.

Posted by Carolyn Corwin - CA - Coworker   September 30, 2020

Sean was a dedicated leader who drove his team to build amazing landscapes for people to embrace the beauty in the world. A hallmark of his leadership is his teamwork and mentoring; the group he developed will continue to build on his legacy in the entire region. I am blessed to carry the memories of Sean and his smile and sense of humor. My prayers go out to Lori, the family and all his coworkers who truly valued his presence, strength and leadership. He left an impression that will carry on in a very positive way for many years to come.

Posted by Andrew Masterman - Villanova, PA - Coworker   September 30, 2020

Words seem inadequate when trying to express the sadness this news brought. My deepest condolences. It is with a tremendous amount of gratitude that we thank you, his family, for sharing Sean with us he was one of the most genuine, honest and giving individuals. Sean brought out the best in all of those around him. At ValleyCrest, watching Sean orchestrate his team was a testament to just one of his many talents, leadership. I cherish the time we were able to spend together as he indelibly impacted my life for the better. Sean will always be remembered with great fondness simply put, he was in a class of his own. Wishing you comfort and consolation during this difficult time.

Posted by Mark Crutcher - Thousand Oaks, CA - Friend   September 30, 2020

Dear Lori, Justin, Griffin and Cam....I have just learned of Sean's heart is broken for all of you....Every single time I saw Sean whether on my walks by your house all these years, in the hockey rink or at CVS he had a smile on his face and always something to say that would brighten my day....he was so grounded and real....a true breath of fresh air....he will be sorely missed....sending much love and many prayers....Claire, Bill, Sophie, Annie, Billy and Charlie Stahley

Posted by Claire Stahley - Andover, MA - Friend   September 30, 2020


Our thoughts are with the Brosnan family in this time of sorrow. I had the pleasure of doing business with Sean for the past 19 years. Sean took his job very seriously and always did an excellent job managing snow removal services for several large properties in Westborough. He was very personable as well and he truly cared about people.

It's very easy to see by all the pictures posted he was deeply loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. May your memories of Sean be a source of comfort.

Kevin Bousquet

Posted by Kevin Bousquet - Townsend, MA - Acquaintance   September 29, 2020

Words cannot express my sadness on the tragic and untimely loss of my friend for over 38 years. My thoughts go to Lori the boys and the entire Brosnan Rice family.
May his memory be a blessing, it will always be for me.

Posted by Andrew Halper - Livingston, NJ - Friend   September 29, 2020

Lori I am real sorry for your your loss.Mine and my familys thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I met Sean at the new convention center party in Boston and I remember he gave me a bussiness card and asked me to call him,but it just so happend that my boss was next to me and took the card ,so we had a good laugh. Lori Sean was highly respected in our industry and I always herd his name as far back to when John shumaucher owed the company . Rick Law a friendly competitor

Posted by Rick Law - pepperell, MA - Friend   September 29, 2020

No words for your loss, Lori, Justin, Griffin, and Cam. Know that there are so many thinking about you and sending you love and strength. Your neighbors are here for you. Sherrard Cote

Posted by Sherrard Cote - Andover, MA - Neighbor   September 28, 2020

So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for the Brosnan Family. Sean was a good friend that was always willing to share green industry and business wisdom. RIP my friend

Billy Butts
VC Co-worker

Posted by - Friend   September 28, 2020

We were saddened to hear the news about Sean's passing. Our deepest condolences. May your memories and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead. James & Vicki Wallace

Posted by James Wallace - Wheeling, IL - Coworker   September 28, 2020

Lori, Justin, Griffin, Cameron. With shock and great sadness, our entire team sends our condolences to you all. It was nearly 25 years ago that Sean entrusted his care to me when I was a very young dentist. He saw my practice grow exponentially, thanks to his many referrals and kind recommendations. To have spent much time talking about "his boys" and the pride with which he shared their births, sleepless nights, elementary school projects, high school sports, college search, summers at the beach house, renovation projects, and all the in-between, I am honored to have known and been associated with Sean and your family over the years. His warm greetings, his acerbic wit about our competing baseball allegiances, but most importantly his ever prideful boasts about his family and the mounting accomplishments of his sons, were welcome topics of his many visits here. I/We will miss him and send warm wishes that your loss will be lightened by the thought of how much his life was impactful on others and the pride he had in you.

Posted by Mark Webster - North Reading, MA   September 28, 2020

What a good man! So Sorry to learn of his passing. Hopefully, Lori and the boys are doing okay.
Bert Gilbert, Bert Gilbert III, Graham Gilbert, Austin Gilbert and Colby Gilbert.

Posted by A friend   September 28, 2020

Lori I was shocked and saddened at the news of Seans passing. Such a great guy with much to offer, a warm smile and a helping hand. I will miss him at the beach. Sorry for your loss. You and my family are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. Paula Zandbergs

Posted by Paula Zandbergs - Neighbor   September 28, 2020


Lori, Justin, Griffin and Cam, we are absolutely shocked by the news of Sean's passing. He was a true gentleman, great father and a good friend. He had these qualities on display whether he was in a social gathering, ball field or at work. My family and I were lucky enough to have know Sean in many of these settings. I will always remember what he did for me professionally, he was a consummate professional at every turn. We will all miss his quick wit and the laugh that followed. I always like to think they only take the good ones early, Sean was a good one and he will be missed.

Posted by Pat McHardy - Andover, MA - Friend   September 28, 2020

So sorry for your loss.
Stay strong!
Dave Peters. " Hunter Industries."

Posted by Dave Peters - Palm Harbor, FL - Acquaintance   September 28, 2020

Lori, Justin, Griffin, & Cameron,
We are so shocked by this sad news. Sean was the best! Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. With a heavy heart,
Love, Kevin, Lynn, Zach & Griffin

Posted by Lynn Blanch - Friend   September 27, 2020

I can’t stop thinking about Sean he was my best friend growing up from 1st grade up he was always there for me what ever I needed I remember the paper route helping him going fishing with him and your father I just regret I couldn’t get together with him but I’m glad I reached out to him this summer we talked about and hour about our child hood I guess now I’ll go fishing with him in heaven some day he was a great friend Love you Sean

Posted by Perry Patramanis - Friend   September 27, 2020


My deepest sympathy to Lori and the boys. Seam will be sadly missed at BrightView. He was quick with a joke and never missed making me laugh during every conversation we had. He had a high bar and made everyone he worked with better. Rest in Peace my dear friend and may God bless your family and ease their suffering.

Posted by Tricia Justice - Las Vegas, NV - Coworker   September 27, 2020

We are at a loss of words to truly express our grief at the passing of Sean. As Senior Vice-president at BrightView, Sean was highly respected and considered a landscape expert with few peers. His devoted his energy to building and managing a great team and with enthusiasm and leadership grew the business to be the leading landscape development company in New England. Lori, Justin, Griffin and Cam - we cannot begin to understand your sorrow and we want you to know that his memory and legacy will stand with us as we go about our jobs each day. We will miss Sean and never forget.
Tom Donnelly
Friend and colleague
BrightView Landscape Development

Posted by Tom Donnelly - Los Angeles, CA - Coworker   September 27, 2020

My deepest sympathy. Sean was the best. I’ll never forget his generosity and the caring person he was. He taught me so much. I knew Sean for 20 years and worked for him for 10. My career was shortened by illness and that’s when Sean really showed his generosity and caring. I am so grateful that I got a chance to see him last year when I was in Boston. Of course he wouldn’t let me pay for breakfast. That’s how he was. I will miss him very much.
My sincere condolences go out to his family. He will always be in my thoughts.
You weren’t just my boss. You were a friend.

Posted by Philip Todisco - Coworker   September 27, 2020

Our sincere sympathy. Sean was the greatest!Always smiling and offering his help whatever anyone needed. We will miss him so much.

Posted by Steve and Ellen Conroy - St. Augustine, FL - Friend   September 27, 2020


Our deepest sympathy to the Brosman family.
A great man taken to soon. Sean and I go back 40 yrs and I looked up to him like a brother and he taught me a lot on the way. Great teacher, Awesome friend ! You will be deeply missed by many. May you fly high with the angels brother RIP Love you

Posted by John Nogueira - North Dartmouth, MA - Coworker   September 26, 2020

Holding Lori and the boys and all who loved Sean in our hearts and in our prayers. As a neighbor, it was easy to see how devoted Sean was to his family. His pride in his home and his family life was evident. We will miss chatting with him walking the neighborhood, he was always out making the yard even more perfect .

Posted by Tricia Callaway - Andover, MA - Neighbor   September 26, 2020


Lori, Justin, Griffin, and Cameron: It is with my deepest sympathies that I write this to you. As you know and will hear stories, your husband and father was one of the most remarkable men. I worked with him many years at ValleyCrest and we became even closer when I left ValleyCrest and we could speak as friends. He was a father figure and mentor to me. As I have told other colleagues I always felt more assured of myself when I was in his presence. I know without a doubt his character, his integrity, his honorable nature has rubbed off on me and everyone he interacted with. He had a keen eye to see the potential and goodness in all that life has to throw at us. He never shied away from any challenge because he always knew there were lessons to be learned in the battle. I cannot thank you enough for the gift of your husband and father. May the peace and grace of our lord rest upon you and your family.

Posted by Andy Walsh - Rochester, NY - Friend   September 26, 2020

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
God bless you Sean, he blessed all of us who had the privilege to have been a part of your life.

Posted by John Smith - Friend   September 26, 2020

Lori Justin and Griff (Cameron, too) - it is difficult to express in simple words my condolences. Sean was such a wonderful person and he will be incredibly missed. Thinking of you and your family even though it's been many years. Much love from us Sonntags, Buffy

Posted by Karin (Buffy) Ward (Sonntag) - SALISBURY, MA - Neighbor   September 26, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Brosnan family. We have fond memories of Sean, Lori and their 3 great kids

Posted by Dan & Regan Belluche - Andover, MA - Family Friend   September 26, 2020