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Stanley Neale Braithwaite
Stanley Neale Braithwaite, 87, of Salinas, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 13, 2013 at SVMH, with his daughters by his side. He was born March 3, 1926, in Iron Mountain, MI, the eldest son to James H. Braithwaite and A. Leola (Teach) Braithwaite.
Stan's family moved to Hillsboro, WI in 1934. After graduating from high school, he was inducted into the U.S. Army on June 30, 1944, during WWII. He served in France and Germany from 1945 to 1946. He then enlisted in January 1946, serving in Italy, Japan and Korea plus various stateside assignments. He was a field artillery surveyor, musician, and an expert marksman. He retired August 1966 at Fort Ord, with the rank of Sergeant First Class.
After retiring from the Army, Stan then began his second career with the County of Monterey Public Works Department. He held various positions until his retirement as an Engineering Technician after 20 years of service in 1989.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Tina Lee Braithwaite in 1990, whom he met in Korea in 1961. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Wesley Braithwaite in 1995; his sister, Shirley Fanta in 2004; and his daughter, Linda Sue Braithwaite in May 2013.
He is survived by his two daughters, Deborah (Howard) Losinger and Patricia (Jeff) Davis, both of Salinas; granddaughters, Nicole (JJ) Rodriguez, Danielle Losinger, and Sarah Davis; grandson, Dyami Braithwaite; great-grandchildren, Mylee Losinger and Mia Rodriguez; sisters-in-law, Betty Braithwaite of Hesperia and Man Yun (Sam) Hong of Salinas; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his dear friend, Clarence Dake of Salinas.
Stan was a man of few words. When he did have something to say, it was always with a wry sense of humor and it was meaningful. As he put it, he was "comfortable with silence." He enjoyed family dinners and never passed up dessert, always willing to take home the extra.
Stan was an avid reader and a regular patron of the John Steinbeck Library. He was a lifelong member of the NRA, a testament to his passion for firearms. He always enjoyed having the latest computer equipment as well and was never daunted by new technology.
We will miss you Dad, Grandpa, Papa and Pop Pops. You will be forever in our hearts.
Graveside services with full military honors will be held Friday, August 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 18200 Damian Way, Salinas CA 93907.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Food Bank of Monterey County, 815 W. Market St., Salinas, CA 93901 or American Red Cross Monterey Bay Area Chapter, P.O. Box AR, Carmel, CA 93921 to which Stan was a regular contributor.
Arrangements by Alta Vista Mortuary. Online condolences may be made at www.altavistamortuary.com
Published in The Salinas Californian from July 19 to July 22, 2013