Jeremiah Frances Bresnahan of Nahant and Martha's Vineyard died Tuesday morning of natural causes at the age of 72.

Mr. Bresnahan was born in Lynn on June 26, 1930. He was known to many Islanders as a friendly and unselfish person.

As a young man he served his country in the Marines fighting in Korea in the Inchon and Chosen Reservoir campaigns. After the war he dedicated most of his adult life to peaceful pursuits. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees from Salem State and a doctorate of education from Pacific University. He served as a teacher, administrator and as a chief of staff in the United States Congress.

After retiring, Mr. Bresnahan continued to help his fellow man as a substitute teacher, mentor at the Charter School, guide for the Land Bank, and savior to many people in recovery and crisis.

Jeremiah Bresnahan balanced a strong, opinionated personality with a genuine sense of humility, spirituality and compassion. He will be missed by his many friends on the Vineyard who will carry on in his spirit.

He is survived by three daughters: Kathleen, Maura and Eileen, and eight grandchildren. A funeral mass will be said Saturday, Oct. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's in Lynn.

A celebration of his life for his Vineyard friends will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Oak Bluffs.