Braunschweig, John P.
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John Paul Braunschweig was born on July 28, 1939 to Irma and Walter Braunschweig in Oconomowoc Wisconsin where he spent his early years. John passed away on Friday, April 12, 2013 at the age of 73 from Parkinson's disease in the town of Wilton.
He attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he played tuba in the marching band. John was a great musician and appreciator of music and donated his time and talent to the music program at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stamford. He also played the electric and upright bass, dabbled on the piano and sang in the University Glee Club of NY for over forty years.
John married Carole Ann Keyes of Royal Oak, MI on April 1, 1967. They resided in Darien, CT for 36 years where they raised their two children August and Katherine. John loved to golf and enjoyed 25 years as a member of Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY. He and his wife had a beloved home on the west coast of Ireland where they golfed, vacationed and celebrated all things Irish, especially the people they came to know and love.
John was the president and CEO of Tienshan Inc. for 30 years importing dinnerware and homegoods from China. He was one of the first westerners to forge a business partnership with the Chinese in the early 1970's and is considered a pioneer in the development of Chinese ceramics for the American market. During this time he made over 100 trips to China and hosted numerous delegations of Chinese here in the U.S. He was loved and respected by his colleagues and employees for his leadership, and humanitarian nature.
John is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carole, his son August, his daughter Katherine Silvan, her husband Rob Silvan and their son, John River. John is also survived by a brother Robert of Cincinnati, OH, a sister Betty (Dr. Bernhard) Schumacher of Oconomowoc, WI, and many extended family and close friends.
John will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, generosity and love of people. He will be dearly missed by all of his family and his friends across the world.
Family will receive family and friends at the Bosak Funeral Home, 453 Shippan Ave in Stamford, CT on Wednesday April 17th from 5pm-7pm. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 11th at 11am at the St. John's Lutheran Church, 884 Newfield Ave, in Stamford, CT.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church in Stamford, KEYS (a non-profit agency that is run by John's son in law that funds music for underprivileged kids) in Bridgeport and Masonicare Home Health and Hospice in Norwalk.
The Braunschweig family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Bosak Funeral Home, 453 Shippan Avenue, Stamford, CT. If you would like to leave an expression of sympathy for the family online, you may sign the guestbook at www.bosakfuneralhome.com or visit the funeral home Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bosakfuneralhome to share fond memories of John with his family.
Published in StamfordAdvocate on Apr. 15, 2013