John W. "Bill" Braley, Jr.

October 2, 1934 - June 30, 2006

John W. "Bill" Braley, age 71, passed away peacefully at his home in Fairview, Texas. He is survived by long time cherished companion and best friend Carla Cerkleski; the loving mother of their four children, Mary Braley; son John W. “Bill” Braley III and wife Mary, daughter Christine Crane and husband Phil, son Michael Braley and wife Chris, and son Joseph Braley and wife Jo; brothers Thomas and David, sister Karen; and 15 grandchildren. After a long and successful career as an engineering sales executive and entrepreneur, Bill retired to a joyful retirement filled with family and friends. Possessing a playful nature and a keen sense of humor, Bill enjoyed a wide circle of friends in Texas and his home state of Massachusetts. A proud former officer in the U.S. Army and alumnus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, he had an infectious curiosity about the world around him that fueled his constant growth as a person. He pursued many interests passionately, including reading, travel, and a lifelong love of golf. At the heart of all of these activities were the friendships made and sustained through his generosity of spirit and easygoing manner. While he took pride in his business and sporting achievements (four holes-in-one!), these paled in comparison to the joy and pride he took from his grandchildren. Bill is widely loved, and will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 pm, Wednesday, July 5, 2006, in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel. A reception will follow at the home of Jo and Joe Braley, 5209 Shoshone Drive in Frisco, 75034. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the Susan G Komen Foundation.

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Grandpa, Its allison. I miss you soooooooooooooo much it still feels like your about to walk through my front door. i wish you were here. your closest grandchild, Allison Rest in peace, Grandpa, rest in peace. Allison Marie Braley, August 3, 2006 We were so sorry to hear about the passing of Bill, Sammie and I thought so much of him. Sammie, Jackie and Gerri loved eating lunch with him and will remember those days with precious memories. Carla we know you will be lonely and miss him, as we all will. Sam & Patti Poe, July 15, 2006 Bill always had a kind word and positive attitude for all those he touched. He'll be missed. Gerald G. Jackson, July 5, 2006 I was so sad and sorry to about Bill. It was such a pleasure to have known him. I now live in St. Louis,MO, but will have all of you in my thoughts and prayers. I know all the fun times your remember will bring you comfort. Love, Kay Kay Fletcher, July 5, 2006 We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Bill was a delight and always had a joke or anecdote to make us laugh. We both enjoyed him at Canyon Creek. His absence will be felt. Our heartfelt condolences. Kim and Joe Quirk, July 4, 2006 Dad - I am your daughter by marriage but you are the only father I have known since I was young. You are the only grandfather my children have known. I am very grateful you were just here to see us and tell us you love us. Although we may have been apart by miles, I know how much you loved your grandchildren. I know how proud you were of Mike and Brian and their choice of a career as fighfighters and how you enjoyed looking at their fire pictures and equipment. I know how much you loved hearing about Heather Sue's basketball accomplishments and how you shot hoops in the driveway with her and smiled at me as she sank shot after shot. I know you loved Micahel and were proud of him both as a father to his children and as a police officer. I know Michael loved you very much and there will forever be a void in his heart now. It breaks my heart to not be there to say goodbye to you. My faith tells me you are in heaven and watching over us. I send you my heart, my love and my tears. I love you Dad and will miss you from the bottom of my heart. Your daughter, not just by marriage, but by love, CHRIS Chris Braley, July 4, 2006 All of us at Canyon Creek are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and long-time member. Bill's involvement at the club, endeared him to members and staff alike. Personally, I sincerely enjoyed working with Bill on the club's 40th anniversary project and the Heritage Committee. His enthusiasm and commitment to the club and members will always be remembered. Our sincerest condolences to his family. Haven Johnson, July 3, 2006 We will forver miss Bill and his warm and wonderful soul here at Canyon Creek Country Club. He has always been a joyful person and brought great light into our club. It will not be the same without him. Mary Ann Semler, July 3, 2006 Dapper is the first word that comes to mind- great with the all dressed up in a tux to take Hannah and Allison to a father daughter dance - Joe took one giral and he took the other. Absolutely adorable. Lynn DeLisse, July 3, 2006 Joe: Read about your dad in the newspaper, and wanted to extend my sympathies to you and your family. Frank Frank Rahm, July 3, 2006 To a dear friend whose fond memories we will cherish. We will always remember the many good times we had together. Bob and Una Crowner, July 3, 2006 Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill, father grandfather brother and friend will be missed by all especially his golf and gin buddies. Ernie & Ann Dinsdale, July 3, 2006