Brian Lawrence Carley
1940 - 2020
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Brian Lawrence Carley passed away early Tuesday morning, September 22, 2020.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Linda Ann Willey Carley; their children Dawn & husband Rocky Ravenna; Erica & husband Mark Wojchick of Walpole, NH; Heidi Carley; Ingrid & husband John Cutler; 11 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; his sister Joyce Banford & wife Linda Martineau of Turners Falls, MA; 6 nieces and nephews and their families.

Brian was predeceased by his sister Jerilynn & husband Irvin Bruneau of Guildford, Vermont and a half brother David Dewey of E. Randolph Vermont.

Brian is the son of the late Lawrence & Helen Carley, Brattleboro, Vermont. He was born, raised and lived in Brattleboro his entire life. He attended Brattleboro schools, graduating BUHS class of 1958.

On May 4th, 1963, Brian married Linda Ann Willey from White River Jct, Vermont (who survives). They met when Linda came to Brattleboro to work at Ludwig "Ludys" Hair Styling after graduating from the Burlington Beauty School of Hair Design.

Brian started his working career with the B&M Railroad working alongside his father, Lawrence and grandfather, Frank. He worked as Windham County Deputy Sheriff; The Book Press and The Brattleboro Reformer. Brian also owned his own businesses, VT Caretaker (Plowing & Cleaning) and Carley Photography (Portraits & Wedding).

Brian's hobbies included photography, camping, hiking, canoeing and spending time with family and friends. Brian and Linda were members of the B&K Aqua Club in Spofford, NH; Center Congregational Church on Main Street, Brattleboro and the Jaycees.

Along with his four daughters and many nieces and nephews Brian and Linda made time and welcomed many children into their home and along on family adventures.

Brian was a third generation Masonic, member of Brattleboro Lodge #102 for 55 years. He was Worshipful Master of Brattleboro 3 times (1972, 1995, 2005). He was District Deputy Grand Master in 1979 and Grand Master of Vermont in 1991. Brian was an honorary member of the Brattleboro Shrine and York Rite Bodies. He was a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. He was chosen as Vermont's Grand Representative to Hawaii's Masons. What Brian loved most about being a Mason was the ritual work and teaching it to new members.

A small memorial service will be held at Meeting House Hill Cemetery, 580 Orchard Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301 on Sunday, October 4 at 1 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Brian's name to Alzheimer's Association.

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Published in The Brattleboro Reformer on Sep. 30, 2020.
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October 8, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Brian and Linda were neighbors on Butterfield Road for many years. Nora Wilson
Nora Wilson
October 6, 2020
Love you grandpa! I'll miss you so much. Every time I pick up a butter knife I feel the tune of "Shave and a Haircut" surge down my arm and begin tapping it out on a counter top. It's something I fondly remember you doing as we would get ready for church on Sundays when I was younger!
Rochelle Franklin
October 4, 2020
Our condolences to the entire family. Friends for many years. Brian was a good, kind person. He did my daughter Jackie's wedding photos and many others of my family. Brian also did church trips which Jo
participated. Tha Carley girls and my girls were and are friends, high school to present. Love and prayers to all the family. May you rest in peace Brian .
Elaine Greenwood and family
October 4, 2020
Brian was a classmate of mine & he also did the photography for
my wedding. Great guy & very kind.
Mary Ann (Stevens) Donovan
Mary Ann Donovan
October 4, 2020
Love you Dad!
Dawn Ravenna
October 1, 2020
So sorry to hear about your Father’s passing. Your in our thoughts and prayers. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to ask. I don’t know if you remember but Brian took our Wedding photos in 1968. Little did we know back then that we would be related by future marriages, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. It’s a small world.
Tom & Barb Simeon
October 1, 2020
I am grateful for Brian's life and especially grateful for his friendship...especially on multiple canoe camping trips with others from Centre Congregational Church. He was an important and valued friend, a very good man with multiple talents...and he enhanced the lives of many, especially his four lovely daughters. I grieve his passing and hold on to the memory of his presence.
Jack Bixby
September 30, 2020
Im so sad to read this. I know how close each and every one of you were. Such a beautiful family. Im certain a day never went by where he had to wonder how very much he was loved. This shines through you all! Im so so sorry for this huge loss. Sending my love to you all ❤
September 30, 2020
Holding you all close in my thoughts and in my heart. Hugs, peace and so much love is coming your way
Jennifer Greenwood Miner
(Rainbow sister)
Jennifer Miner
September 30, 2020
I have worked with Brian’s daughter Erica for many years and although I did not know her dad I know how much she loved this man. RIP
Keith Graves
September 30, 2020
Many thoughts are with you all right now, So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of dad stopping in to to hi to Dawn and I at work.
Love to you all,
Lisa Rancourt
Family Friend
September 30, 2020
Brian was a very close friend for most of our lives. He was always generous & loved life. We will miss him terribly, but we have our many years of happy memories with us always. I wish we could be there with the family to hold their hands, hug them, & share their tears.
Tom - Penny Brookes
September 30, 2020
Brian was a great guy to work with and had a big and generous heart. I am sorry to hear he has left us.
Randolph Holhut
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