When Bexley Mayor John Brennan announced he would seek a second term in office 11 months ago, he also revealed that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

When Bexley Mayor John Brennan announced he would seek a second term in office 11 months ago, he also revealed that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

His intention was to win re-election and his battle with the disease.

Despite the efforts of specialists at Ohio State University's Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Brennan's refusal to bow to the disease, his battle ended Jan. 30.

Less than a month into his second term, Brennan died Monday afternoon at his home on South Stanwood Road, surrounded by his family. He was 64 years old.

Brennan said 11 months ago that he intended to serve a second term in office and that his doctor had assured him there was no reason he shouldn't run for re-election. He appeared to be making progress last summer, and mounted an active re-election campaign, attending numerous city events and celebrations.

His efforts were rewarded on Nov. 8, 2011, when he won a second term as mayor with 67 percent of the vote, easily outdistancing challengers Larry Heiser and Alexander Liderman.

"If he had not been sick, I'm sure he would have won with 85 or 90 percent of the vote," Bexley City Attorney Lou Chodosh said. "He was everybody's buddy. Everyone loved him."

Despite a physically demanding treatment regimen, Brennan carried on with his duties as mayor. While he scaled back his City Hall office hours, he often worked from home, meeting frequently with Chodosh and Service Director Bill Harvey.

Brennan missed only four city council meetings in 2011 while undergoing chemotherapy and participating in a clinical trial program at the James Cancer Hospital.

Shortly after being sworn in for his second term as mayor, Brennan took a turn for the worse and took a leave of absence on Jan. 12, turning over control of the city to Ben Kessler, city council president and acting mayor.

Calling hours for the mayor conclude today (Thursday, Feb. 2) from 3 to 5 p.m. at St. Catharine Catholic Church, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday.

Kessler said the city is in the process of planning a memorial service/ceremony for Brennan and that it would likely take place sometime next week.