BRAYLEY, Harold Alexander
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April 18, 1921 - October 25, 2013
It is with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grampy and friend, Harold Alexander Brayley, at the age of 92.
Harold was born in Passekeag, New Brunswick on April 18, 1921 to Rose and Clarence Brayley. In 1940 he joined the Royal Canadian Army and served his country from 1940 to 1946 in World War II, leaving the service as a Sergeant Major. When he returned home he courted, fell in love with and in 1946 married Viola May Bishop, the love of his life. He began apprenticing as a carpenter, which lead Harold and Vi to build their life together – literally. They built their first two houses together in Rothsey, New Brunswick. In 1946 they were blessed with their first born, Bonnie Elizabeth. In 1948, Harold left New Brunswick to start a job in Toronto which led him to a 32 year career at Continental Can Company. In 1953 they were blessed with their second child, Valerie Ruth. CCC gave Harold and Vi the opportunity of transferring to the Calgary plant in 1955 and they also adopted their third child, a son Kerry Michael. Calgary was where they called home. Harold's career advanced to the Plant Supervisor at CCC, which also provided a good life for them to raise their family.
Harold and Vi had a very social and active life in that surrounded them with many lifelong friends. Dad was a member of the Masonic Foothills Lodge No. 174 – serving as a past Grand Master. They were active members of North Minister United Church, and Highland Park Community. Whether it was work, the Lodge or the community, Dad was very involved with many activities that also included his family. Flooding rinks, working concession stands, to PR and social activities for CCC such as golfing, bowling, curling, company family picnics and Christmas parties. In his spare time, he loved to read, gardening, fishing, golfing and doing a little carpentry work building wishing wells, small pieces of furniture, cradles for grandchildren, crib tables and the list goes on. If their kitchen table could talk, there would be a lot of laughs and stories to be told - special occasions, holidays, card games, talks, laughter, tears, or just having a drink or a cup of tea with family and many friends. Anytime you walked in the door – you were welcomed with open arms.
In 1973, CCC transferred Dad to the Winnipeg plant. This meant Dad and Mom were leaving their family and friends in Calgary, but this was just another opportunity to add to their friend list. When he retired from CCC in 1979, they moved back to Calgary as Dad promised Mom he would bring her back to her "girls" when he retired and he never made a promise he did not keep. Dad was not one to be idle for very long - he finished all his projects around the new house, and Dad decided to get a "part-time" job. He went to work for UFA CO-OP until he officially retired at the age of 65. Dad was a very smart, gentle, friendly, loving man, the last of a true "Gentlemen".
Dad lived life and loved life, but most of all he loved his family. Harold is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 67 years, Viola, daughters Bonnie (Fritz deceased) Sommerfeld, Valerie (Barry) Brayley, son Kerry Brayley; six grandchildren - Victoria (Monty) Kuntz, David (Barb DeBolt) Sommerfeld, Barbie Sommerfeld, John (Linnie) Waite, Jason (Angela) Waite, and Jacqueline (George) Ferguson; seven great- grandchildren - Ashley, Cody, Cadence, Avery, Ewing, Skye and Alex; two brothers Bill Brayley and Lorne (Mickey) Brayley, sister-in-law Elsie (Gordon) Ramage. He was predeceased by - his parents Clarence and Rose; siblings - Lex (Eva), James, George (Myrna), Dorothy (Harry) Laye, Rose (Ernie) Barnes.
Many, many thanks to all the staff at Cedars Villa Extendicare.
As per Dad's wishes, there will be no Funeral Services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A Celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2013