Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley’s mother dies Monday in Australia

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley’s mother died Monday, just days after he flew to Australia to be with her at the end of her life.

Pauline Brosnan, 77, passed away after treatment for cancer, the mayor’s office said in a statement. Buckley traveled to Fremantle last week and spent the last few days at her bedside.


“She was always in my corner and I will miss her dearly,” Buckley said in a prepared statement.

Brosnan is survived by her husband, Terry Brosnan, and sister Annette Butler. Paul Buckley, the twin brother of the mayor, died from an undiagnosed medical condition at age 14.


Brosnan was born Feb. 22, 1942, in Limerick, Ireland. She moved to London at a young age and grew up in the area of Wimbledon. She married in her early 20s and moved to South Africa where sons Gavin and Paul were born. The family later emigrated to Fremantle.

She made several trips to the United States, including a trip to attend Buckley’s inaugural ceremony in December 2017.

In an interview with The Capital just before the November election that year, Brosnan described her son as a kind and compassionate boy who always had his next plan lined up. He would wash cars, help the milkman and sell newspapers on the corner.

“It’s amazed me how well he has done and how he has turned out,” she said.

The mayor will remain in Australia for the burial this week. He will return to Annapolis on Feb. 11. Alderwoman Rhonda Pindell Charles has been designated acting mayor in his absence.

A Registry Book is in the lobby of City Hall at 160 Duke of Gloucester St. for anyone who would like to offer a condolence message to Mayor Buckley.