John W. "Bill"

Braley, Jr.

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John W. "Bill" Braley, Jr.

Oct 02 1934 - Jun 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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