Alfred Braca

Leonardo, New Jersey


Leonardo, New Jersey


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Romance on the Ferry
Alfred J. Braca and his wife, Jean, met on the Staten Island Ferry. He was smitten; she was not. He pleaded for a date, and she said no. But he persisted, and she finally gave in after they shared a marathon 12-hour phone conversation. On that date, "he gave me one kiss," his wife recalled. "And I said, 'Maybe this is not so bad.' "

That first kiss bloomed into 33 years of marriage, and a good life with four children, David, Deanna, Christina and Christopher, in Leonardo, N.J. Mr. Braca, 54, was a born-again Christian who never stopped counting his blessings.

He worked as a bond broker at Cantor Fitzgerald, where co-workers nicknamed him The Rev because of his faith. Just last month, Mr. Braca walked Deanna down the aisle for her wedding. His funeral service will take place in the same church.

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I'm lifting up a prayer today for Alfred's family and ask that God richly bless you in some way as Alfred blessed so many when he was here. With very much love from Texas,

May your soul rest in peace

I remember reading this story and my heart was so relieved. My childhood best friend lost her niece in Sept. 11. I use to see her all the time as a chiId and got re-acquainted with her the week before at my baby shower. I didn't know what her relationship with God was, but was so relieved when I heard this story of Al leading the people to Christ that day.

Today I'm reading this story for the very 1st time. Tomorrow, September 11th 2014, I will share it with a group of women at our weekly church Bible Study. What a message of love and a legacy of Godliness Al has left; and to the Braca family, thank you for sharing the memory of your loved one with us. He is still making a Godly impact, years later!

God Bless You

To the family - As a pastor I have also used the story of your husband in my sermons and this Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 I will share it again in a message, What do we Really Care About? I have prayer many times for those who lost loved ones in 9/11 - out of your loss and suffering many have met a man who they would probably never know and the love he had for God and his family. I pray today God will Bless All of You - With much Love, David

I walked a mile for you (mile #237) on 5/17/13 as a dedication to your life.

Hello to all of the Braca family members. I just wanted to let you know that on my sermon today at Emmanuel Baptist Church, I shared Al's story. Me God continue to bless you as He heals your broken hearts. We love you.

Dear Christina, we worked together at party tyme during our highschool years. I was so saddened to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are always with you and your family. I know both of our fathers are watching over us from heaven.
Love, Vikki Culp