Ronald E. Brann
1933 - 2020
BORN
1933
DIED
2020
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121 Main St.
Westerly, RI
Westerly, R.I. - Ronald E. Brann, 87, passed away peacefully Nov. 2, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Judy (Jackson) Brann. Born July 23, 1933, in Gardiner, Maine, the son of the late Walter O. and Madeline (Christensen) Brann.

He grew up and lived most of his youth in Gardiner. Ron attended Gardiner High School and graduated while in the U.S. Navy in 1954.

Ron joined the Navy in 1951 during the Korean War. After completing aviation preparatory schools he served, as an Aviation Boatswains Mate, aboard aircraft carriers, USS Salerno Bay (CVE-110) and USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39). He was awarded an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Navy 1955.

Returning to Maine, he worked in the family's service station business in Farmingdale and Augusta before going to work for Al Biondi, PGA Pro, as his assistant at the Augusta Country Club in Augusta, Maine.

In 1963 Ron married Judy Jackson, daughter of Pat and Dorothy Jackson (Hallowell, Maine). After the wedding they resided in Skowhegan, Maine.

In 1964 Ron and Judy accepted teaching positions in North Stonington and they moved to nearby Westerly, R.I. Ron taught U.S. history and social sciences at Wheeler High School, North Stonington until 1980. At that time he accepted an administrative position with the Connecticut State Department of Education, Hartford, Connecticut. He retired from the CSDE in 1997-always grateful and proud that he had been allowed, in North Stonington and Hartford, to work with, and learn from some of the finest educators the profession has produced.

Ron Brann attended Colby College (Waterville, Maine) and the University of Maine at Farmington (F.S.T.C) from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1964. He received advanced degrees and honors from the University of Rhode Island and the University of Connecticut. His preparation led to certification in Connecticut for Elementary and Secondary Education; Teaching and Supervision, and Administration.

In retirements Ron continued to pursue his several hobbies and interests. Photography, model railroading, American history, classical music, Italian opera, all team sports (especially baseball), and above all, golf. Whether he was being slowed by arthritis or rehabbing from some surgery, looking to once again walk the golf course was his motivation to get well.

Ron belonged to the National Education Assn, Connecticut Education Assn, the North Stonington Education Assn. (past president), National Organization of American Historians, Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium, and he was a life member of the USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39) Association. He was a member of the Westerly Senior Center and Luxe Fitness Center and was a communicant of Saint Clare Roman Catholic Church, Westerly, R.I.

Ron is survived by his adored wife of 57 years, Judy Brann. He also leaves behind nieces and nephews, Nancy Fadis and husband Michael (Alameda, Calif.), Judy Labbe (Topsham, Maine), Jean Lallier and Rick Pola (Topsham, Maine), Jeffry Lallier and wife Carrie (Topsham, Maine), Kathy Brann (Roseville, Mich.), Donna Davis and Al Toutant (Bethel, Maine), Georgia Brooks and husband Kevin (Columbia, S.C.) and several grand nieces and nephews.

Ron had great affection and admiration for his surviving in-laws, Rose Brann sister-in-law (Dunnellon, Fla.), Peggy Jackson Whitehouse (Augusta, Maine) and Shirley Jackson Brann and husband Everett (Winthrop, Maine).

Ron was predeceased by three sisters, Donna Brann (Gardiner, Maine), Alice Dennis (Escondido, Calif.) and Joan Lallier (Topsham, Maine); his brother George Brann (Dunnellon, Fla.); and his nephews, Dennis Naugler, Jerry Lallier, Jr. (Pittsfield, Maine), Jon Lellier (Pittsfield, Maine); and his niece Cindy Adams (Boise, Idaho).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, at St. Clare Church, 4 St. Clare Way. Westerly, R.I. A private burial will follow in River Bend Cemetery. Seating capacity limits, social distancing guidelines and other public health directives (i.e., use of facemasks and maximum people in the building at any given time) will be in place.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ron's name may be made to the Westerly Senior Center, 39 State St. Westerly, RI 02891 or St. Clare Church, 4 St. Clares Way, Westerly, RI 02891.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St. Westerly, RI 02891

For online condolences, please visit www.buckler-johnston.com
Published by The Day on Nov. 6, 2020.
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Dear Judy,
It was with such sadness that I read of the passing of Ron. I remember him so fondly and with such respect as my high school history teacher and class advisor. I recall at graduation we sang "To Sir With Love" to him - a song so fitting for the teacher and man he was. He so inspired his students, and the two of you were definitely my inspiration to become a teacher as well. I was so glad to run into you a few years ago so I could tell you how much you both have meant to me and my siblings. We were honored to have had you in our lives. You have my deepest sympathy and you both will always be in my heart.
Karen (Foster) Grappone
Student
December 7, 2020
Ron and Judy, I remember both from N.S. I drove school bus for 20 yrs. Never forget the good people that we meet along the way. Keep his memories close to your heart until you meet in Heaven.

Always a friend
Carol Burdick
formerly from N.S.
Carol Burdick Aurora, Co.
Friend
November 27, 2020
Dear Mrs Brann,
I will always have such wonderful memories of your adoring husband. Loved having him (and you) as teachers. It was always a pleasure run into you both as an adult. May God bless you and be with you during this difficult time.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Peggy Sue (Collins)
Peggy Sue Long
Student
November 7, 2020
Judy, I’m so very sorry for your loss of Ron, your beloved husband. He was truly a gentleman, and I feel honored to have been his colleague.
Karen Gallo
Friend
November 7, 2020
Our heartfelt condolences to you, Judy. Ron was such a fine gentleman and an outstanding educator, a credit to his profession. It was always such a pleasure to talk with him and see you together. Your devotion to one another was so apparent. Sending our love and prayers to you at this saddest of times.
Betsy and Don Mercer
Betsy Mercer
Friend
November 6, 2020
Dearest Judy, and the Brann Family, Ron was an inspiring friend and educator who will never be matched...may your happy memories of him sustain you as you go forward and keep him always alive in your hearts.
Nancy and Fred Souza
Friend
November 6, 2020
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