GENEVA/FLORIDA - Gary A. Braun, 78, passed away peacefully Monday (Jan. 13, 2014) at Joanne's House at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs, FL. A memorial service will be held Saturday (Jan. 25) at 11 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Geneva. A service was also held Friday (Jan. 17) at the First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs.
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Donations in his memory may be made to the Geneva Rotary Foundation, 803 S. Main St., Geneva, N.Y. 14456.
Gary was born July 24, 1935, in Naples to Anna Fisher Braun and Albert J. Braun. A graduate of Naples Central School, Gary received a BS in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University and an MBA from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester. He started his career with Harbison-Walker Refractories Corp. in East Chicago, IN. He later worked at Bausch & Lomb in Rochester and Oakland, MD; and Itek Corporation in Reading, PA and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Gary retired in 2001 after 24 years as General Manager of the Transelco Division of Ferro Corp. in Penn Yan. Since 1977, he and his wife Joan made their home in Geneva, and in 2000 added a second home at Pelican Sound Golf and River Club in Estero, FL. Gary was active in the Ceramic Association of New York, an industry-university organization, including two terms as President. He served on the City of Geneva Planning Board and later on the Zoning Board. He was president of the Geneva Historical Society Board of Trustees from 1982-84, when the society celebrated its 100th anniversary. Gary was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Geneva, where he served as a Deacon, and an affiliate member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs. He was elected to the Board of Directors at Pelican Sound, serving two years as Treasurer. He was a Rotarian, and was active in both the Geneva and Estero clubs. For many years, he was a member of the Geneva Country Club. He also enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge. An active gardener, he received many accolades on the landscaping of his homes in Geneva.
Gary is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joan; sons Christopher and Jeffrey Braun, both of Geneva and Gregory Braun of Atlanta, Ga.; daughter Kathryn (Ryan) Scrivener of Rochester, Kent, England; brothers Donald (Joann) Braun of Naples and Darryl (Sally) Braun of Canandaigua; sister-in-law Sydney (Edward) Regan, of Swansea, Mass., and Bonita Springs; and brother-in-law Allan (Shirley) Davis of Dover, Fla.
He was predeceased by his sister, Sally (Clayton) Ormsby of Fairfax, Va.
Published in Finger Lakes Times from Jan. 17 to Jan. 19, 2014