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Obituary: Charles W. Braley, 79

Jan 12, 2017 06:32AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Charles W. Braley

 DRACUT - Charles W. Braley, 79, a resident of Dracut, passed away on Sunday Morning, January 8, 2017, at the Lowell General Hospital surrounded by his loving family following a period of declining health. He was the beloved husband of Ann Marie (Quigley) Braley, to whom he was married for 46 years. 

Born in Lowell on January 20, 1937, he was a son of the late John W. and Florence (Fritz) Braley. 

 Mr. Braley was educated in Lowell Schools, including the 10th Street School, the Varnum School and Lowell High School. He left High School prior to graduation to enlist with the United States Army in 1954. He served for 11 years during the "Cold War", with tours of duty in Japan and Germany. He was Honorably Discharged in 1965 with the rank of E-5 and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. 

Following his service with the Army, he relocated to Lowell where he was employed by Educator Biscuit until their closure. He followed with employments as a chef at the Manning Manse, the Town House Motel of Chelmsford, the Holiday Inn in Tewksbury, and Wingate at Belvidere from which he retired. 

Most important to Charles was his family, of whom he was very proud, and he cherished the time spent with them. He especially enjoyed babysitting his grandchildren. 

In addition to his wife Ann Marie, he is survived by two children, Charles J. Braley of Groton and Carolyn Braley of Dracut; two grandchildren, Molly Braley and Joshua Braley; a daughter-in-law, Bridgett Braley of Dunstable; a sister, Anne Blais of Chelmsford; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Betty Cotterman, and brother-in-law of the late Raymond Quigley.

A Life Celebration will be held on Wednesday, January 11 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM McKenna-Ouellette Funeral Home, 327 Hildreth Street, Lowell, MA 01850. His Mass of Christian Burial will follow  11:30 AM at St. Michael Church, 543 Bridge Street, Lowell, MA 01850. Interment with Military Honors will be Saturday at 1:00 PM at St. Patrick Cemetery, 1251 Gorham Street, Lowell, MA 01852. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to: The House of Hope, 812 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 01854. 
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