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William F. Brainard


Massena- William F. Brainard, 92 of Curtis Street passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon December 8, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 2:00 p.m. Thursday Dec. 12, 2013 at St. Mary’s Church with Rev. Scott D. Fobare officiating with full military honors at Calvary Cemetery Chapel. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in the spring. Calling hours will be held Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 from 2-5 p.m. at the Phillips Memorial Home, Massena. William is Survived by his wife Darlene of 66 years, and children William F. Jr. (Pam) of Portsmouth, VA; John T. (Dianne) Brainard of Union City, PA; Mary Jane (Kim) Lauzon of Indianapolis, IN; Anne Marie (Wayne) Fleury of Massena, NY; Robert J. (Jean) Brainard, Brasher Falls, NY; Richard G. Brainard, Massena, NY; Daniel E (Sharon) Brainard Portsmouth, VA; Cathy (Jerry) Anderson of Raleigh, NC; Crystal (John) Williams and Kevin J. Brainard both of Norfolk, NY. He is also survived by a sister Elma LaForce of Massena, 21 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren many nieces and nephews. William was predeceased by a son Timothy, a granddaughter Melissa Brainard, A grandson Sean P. Brainard, a brother John G. Brainard and two sisters Beulah Donnelly and Evelyn White. William “Buz” Brainard was born on October 1, 1921 to the late William B. and Sarah (Carney) Brainard. He attended Massena High School and was drafted into the United States Army Air Force during WW II. Buz served his country proudly and was Honorable discharged. He was married shortly after returning home to Darlene Prashaw on June, 21 1947 at St. Mary’s Church in Waddington, NY with Rev. Edward Pierce presiding. William was a maintenance and Zamboni driver at the Massena Arena when he retired in 1983. Buz was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed spending time with his family in the Adirondacks and at Lake Eaton camping. Memorial contributions can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association; 441 West Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204-1361 or St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Church Massena. Memories and online condolences may be shared with the family at

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