Eileen Brennan Watts, 63, of Red Bank, NJ, departed this life unexpectedly on June 24, 2022, surrounded in person and spirit by many of those who love her.
Eileen lived with great passion. She treasured her extended family, cherished her friends, and dedicated much of her time in service for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE). She joined the Red Bank Elks Lodge #233 as soon as women were allowed, quickly became an officer, then rose to be the Lodge’s second female Exalted Ruler. She extended her commitment and leadership as the first female District Deputy and co-editor of the NJ State Elks Association newsletter. In all her roles, she made a difference in many lives, mentoring young members, inspiring those around her, and fostering the Elks’ programs for Veterans and others.
Eileen worked as a bookkeeper, most recently for the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club, and managed business operations for her beloved husband, Mike the Plumber. She was also a bartender extraordinaire at several popular Red Bank establishments over the years, including the Elks. She holds a BA from Stockton University, as well as business certifications from Brookdale Community College.
Everyone always knew when Eileen was in the room, with her infectious laugh and sparkling eyes. She was the first up to dance and sing-along, especially to her favorite Irish tunes, complete with a perfect brogue. Her happy place was the beach, where she spent many joyful hours with friends and family.
Eileen was predeceased by her daughter, Shannon Leigh, and her parents, Eleanor Brennan Markey and John (Jack) Brennan. She is survived by her much-loved husband, Gaylord (Mike) Watts; her son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Emily Watts of Eatontown; her grandchildren, Russell and Eleanor; her loving siblings Thomas (Merry) of Belmar, Terence (Rosemary) of Bernardsville, John (Cathy) of Colts Neck; and Anne (Steve) of Wall; her Aunt Grace Marchisin of Riverdale; and many treasured nephews, nieces and cousins.
Visitation will be on Thursday, June 30 from 4-7 p.m. at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St, Red Bank. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 1 at 11:30 a.m. at St. James RC Church, 94 Broad St, Red Bank. Burial will be private.
Eileen, you will forever be in all our hearts: May the road rise up to meet you...