Thomas Milton Braley, 76, of Worcester, died at West Palm Hospital on Dec. 29, 2013 after a long health struggle.
Born Jan. 24, 1937, in Worcester, the son of John W. and Anita (DesRosiers) Braley, he lived in Worcester, Paxton, Northborough, Portsmouth, N.H., and West Palm Beach, Fla.
He started his own business, Braley & Wellington, where he worked until retiring in 2007.
Tom Braley was as honest as the day is long. A self-made man, Tom's roots were in Main South and as a caddy at the Worcester Country Club. He surpassed all odds putting himself through Holy Cross College delivering root beer. He served in the Air National Guard and went on to build his own business, eventually becoming the president of Worcester Country Club. Tom Braley was a passionate man whose favorite days found him on the golf course. His love of golf stemmed from his love of people. His friendships spanned a lifetime and came from all aspects of his life. Whether that connection was made in the schoolyard, office, golf course or The Guard, you became a friend for life. His best friend though was the love of his life, Dorothy. For 53 years of marriage, he loved to remind her that she was the most beautiful woman he ever laid eyes on. There was no Tom without Dottie; together they made Worcester their home raising four doting daughters. Their love of golf, skiing and the beach took them on many family adventures. Golf gave Tom the opportunity to travel to many courses and make new friends. He was an amazing conversationalist and avid reader. When his days on the links ended, he and his faithful companion moved to Portsmouth to be with family. This duo quickly became part of the downtown landscape. Spending beautiful summer days chatting outside coffee shops and bringing joy to everyone they met. When the days turned cold they went south to another place they called home Bear Lakes C.C. They would reunite with friends they had missed and enjoy the sun for another wonderful season.
Survivors include his wife Dorothy Braley; brother David Braley; his four daughters, Tracy and her husband Matthew Delaney, Lynne Fedorowich, Jennifer and her husband Andrew F. Cotrupi, and Jessica and ner husband Richard J. Bonzagni; and seven grandchildren, Isabella, Emma, Harrison, Grace, Abigale, Lydia and Iris.
Tom was preceded in death by his grandson, Theodore Thomas, sister Karen Cusson and brother Bill Braley.
Calling hours are Friday, Jan. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, from the funeral home with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Peter's Church, 931 Main St., Worcester. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Portsmouth, N.H. will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472 (www.alz.org).
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