Businessman/Entrepreneur Joseph W. Bramante dies at 94
WORCESTER, MA -- Joseph William Bramante of Worcester, MA, formerly of Fitchburg and Leominster MA, died Sunday evening at the Sterling Village Rehabilitation Center in Sterling, MA. He died from congestive heart failure. He was 94 and a 1/2 years old.
Born in Fitchburg, MA. to Rosina (Oliva) Bramante & Nicola Bramante (a traditional Cordwainer (shoemaker) & shop owner who emigrated to Fitchburg from Bari Italy), Joseph was known as an ambitious, outgoing and outspoken businessman, civic leader and father.
An avid lover of sportsespecially baseball & footballBramante got an early start as an entrepreneur by managing his Fitchburg High School Baseball team in his Junior yearand again to an undefeated season in his senior year in 1936. Joseph also maintained a robust newspaper delivery service-rising early to get customers the early edition of the Fitchburg Sentinel.
His early managerial experiences in school inspired his interest in building and managing businessesand drove him to build a number of local transportation and health related enterprises over the years, including the City Cab Company, Center, Cleghorn & Yellow Taxi Companies of Fitchburg; Franks Auto School and Montachusett Ambulance Service and Montachusett Medical Home Health Supply Companies.
Prior to his career in private enterprise, Mr. Bramante served as a Tech Sergeant / Radio Operator in the communications division of the 17th Signal Battalion from July 1941, until he was honorably discharged in September of 1945. During his tour of service, he was stationed throughout Europe during World War II
including posts, Belgium, France, Germany and Holland. Most notably, Joseph was active in the historic "Battle of the Bulge"-a critical turning point in the war following the allied invasion of Normandy France in 1944.
Upon returning from the War, Mr. Bramante entered into civil service for nineteen years as a Patrolman for the Fitchburg Police Department from June 1947-October of 1966. He also remained active in the Air Force Reserves from 1959-1965.
An active member in community and civic organizations, Joseph was a member of the Fitchburg Elks lodge
No. 847 and the Fitchburg Rotary East clubs. As a member Rotary International
and a Platinum-Life Master designation (among the highest) of the American Contract Bridge League, Bramante traveled extensively for business and pleasure. Joseph's passion for domestic and international travel was something he enjoyed sharing immensely with the love of his life, his wife and partner of over 66 years, Florence (Rhodes) Bramante-who survives him.
He is survived by his two children, his son Peter N. Bramante and his partner Thomas N. Nolan of Providence Rhode Island, his daughter, Marylis "Lisa' Bramante of Sterling, his sister Yolanda Reilley of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, a sister-in-law, June Rhodes of Fitchburg,MA., His nephews and nieces, Rosemary Kern, Concetta Verge, Nicholas Bramante, Kerry Schlechter, Richard Legere, and William Rhodes, a grand Nephew, Michael Verge and several cousins.
BRAMANTE -- Calling hours will be held from 6-8:00pm on Thursday Evening, January 31st at the Lavery, Chartrand & Alario Funeral Home, 99 Summer Street, Fitchburg, MA.
A private service for family and friends on Friday Morning will be officiated by Reverend Michael DiGeronimo, pastor at St. Marks Church in Sutton, MA and a relative of the deceased.
Mr. Bramante will be interned in a private ceremony at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA, on Cape Cod on Tuesday, February fifth.
In lieu of flowers, the children of the deceased ask that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. http://www.alzfdn.org/ContributetoAFA/makeadonation.html
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