General Brendan Hubert (Bren)
Montreal Quebec, Canada
Toronto, Ontario, Canada




With deep sadness, we announce the sudden yet peaceful passing of Brendan Macken, after a brave battle with old age. He has gone to join his college sweetheart, and wife of 66 years, Libby. He also joins his only son, Bren Jr., and we’re sure they are having a game of tennis on the courts in heaven. Left behind to keep telling their Dad’s stories are his daughters Nancy (Ted Walker, deceased), Ginny (Cam Ross), Peggy (Mark Roszell), and Helen (Roger Conzelmann).

Already missing his warm smiles and sense of humour are his grandchildren Lindsay (Sam), Courtney (Kemp), Patrick (Taryn), Sean, Carly, Jeff, Maddie, and Nicole. He was a very proud great-grandpa to Alice, Robbie, James, Libby and Auden. Those kids really made him happy.

Bren was born January 21, 1923 to James and Margaret Macken in Montreal, Quebec. He was predeceased by his siblings Maureen, Jim, Patricia and infant Gerald. Following his parents lead, he picked up a tennis racquet at a very early age, soon playing many games at the Westmount Public Courts with brother Jim and sister Pat. Poor health as a young man prevented him from serving in the war so, in 1945, he enrolled at The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was a member of their 1947 NCAA championship tennis team, but more importantly it was here that he met the girl of his dreams, Libby Gillam, from Merchantville, New Jersey.

Bren had more success on the tennis court, winning the Canadian Open Championship Singles in 1950. He won the Canadian Doubles Championship twice, once in 1946 with his brother Jim and in 1951 with Lorne Main. He played at Wimbledon and Forest Hills, on numerous Davis Cup teams, at the Toronto Cricket Club, and on the Gordon Trophy Senior Teams. Unfortunately, there wasn't much prize money for tennis players in the day. Dad said, “You played tennis for the love of the game.”

So, in 1950, newlyweds Bren and Libby moved to Montreal and started their family. Bren worked for Seagram’s, and then Montreal Buick before moving to Thornhill in 1966. Soon after this move he started his own business, Brenmac Chemicals Inc. On retirement they settled in Richmond Hill, later downsizing to a condo in Aurora. Every home held lots of fun times and great memories.

Having just celebrated his 97th birthday, Bren enjoyed his daily Sudoku puzzles, following all the Toronto sports teams, competing in a golf pool with his sons-in-law and, in the warm weather, his patio and gardens. He will forever be remembered by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, neighbours, friends, and tennis buddies.


Archive statistics 1945 - 1955

Tournament wins 1952 - Ontario Championships (Open)
1952 - Province of Quebec Championships (Open)
1950 - Canadian International Championships ()
1950 - Ontario Championships (Open)
1950 - Province of Quebec Championships (Open)
1949 - West Jersey Open (Open)
1948 - Province of Quebec Championships (Open)

Tournaments Lake Placid - 1955 US Open - 1953 US International Indoor Championships - 1953 US Open - 1952 Canadian International Championships - 1952 Ontario Championships - 1952 Province of Quebec Championships - 1952 Caribbean Championships - 1952 Kingston International Invitation - 1952 Wimbledon - 1951 US Open - 1951 Canadian International Championships - 1951 Queens Club Tournament - 1951 Ontario Championships - 1951 Kent Championships - 1951 Province of Quebec Championships - 1951 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1951 Quebec Open - 1951 US Open - 1950 Canadian International Championships - 1950 Ontario Championships - 1950 Province of Quebec Championships - 1950 Coral Beach Club Invitation - 1950 US Open - 1949 West Jersey Open - 1949 US Open - 1948 Canadian International Championships - 1948 Province of Quebec Championships - 1948 Pan American Championships - 1948 US Open - 1947 Canadian International Championships - 1947 Ontario Championships - 1947 Pan American Championships - 1947 US Open - 1946 Canadian International Championships - 1946 US Clay Courts - 1946 US Open - 1945 Middle States Championships - 1945 US Clay Courts - 1945 Western States Championships - 1945 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1945

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