Mar. 9, 1924 - June 21, 2014
Resident of Castro Valley
Dr. Raymond Stanley "Ray" Braine, 90, promoted to glory, peacefully, in his sleep, at home in Castro Valley. Memorial Service to be held Monday, July 7, 10:00 a.m. at Neighborhood Church in Castro Valley, (510) 537-4690. Military burial at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, July 8.
Ray was born to Salvation Army officers and musicians Frank & May Braine in Winnipeg, Canada. Trumpet soloist from his youth in the band of the Salvation Army Oakland Citadel Corps. Served in WWII
in the military police, and as lead trumpet in the 6th Army band and 54th AGF band at S.F. Presidio. Touring musician in the late 1940s with "Hot Lips" Henry Busse & his Orchestra.
Journeyman machinist in Oakland, early 1950s. School teacher
at Roosevelt Elementary, San Leandro, Ashland Elementary, San Lorenzo, and E. Morris Cox Elementary, Oakland. College at the Univ. of California, Berkeley, played solo trumpet in concert band, symphony, & marching band. Earned Ph.D. in Education from U.C. Berkeley in 1962, and worked as Asst. Planning Analyst at U.C.
Sent by U.S. State Dept. to Liberia, West Africa from '63-65 for oversight of educational development. Was Assoc. Dean of School of Education at S.F. State from '65-68.
Married Jean L. Critchfield in 1966, daughter of prominent Castro Valley residents Howard & Laura Critchfield. Sent by U.S.A.I.D. to Colombia, South America from 1969-70 developing schools/universities.
Upon return, Ray embraced a new career as a real estate broker, which he parlayed into property management which occupied his "retirement" years.
A man of outspoken Christian commitment, Ray sang/played with the church choir and orchestra at Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley for more than 25 years. An active member of the celebrated Bible organization, Gideons International, his great delight was distributing the Scriptures around the Bay Area and sharing the good news of the gospel to young and old alike.
Ray will be fondly remembered for his jovial, outgoing sense of humor, and song-in-the-heart attitude.
Survived by his lovingly devoted wife, Jean, of 48 years, his son Andrew Braine (Carla) of La Mirada, and 3 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions in his honor to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 364, Hayward, CA 94543.