VEAZIE – Dwight “Whitey” Braley, 61, passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at a Bangor hospital due to advanced-stage cancer.
Dwight was born July 30, 1951, in Hudson, to Ernest A. and Katherine G. Braley.
He grew up in Hudson and Glenburn with a large loving family. His childhood was filled with backyard adventures, climbing trees, drawing stick-figure soldiers, playing with his nine brothers and sisters, love, and laughter. Everyone wanted to be with the Braley family and especially with Dwight whose kindness, sensitivity, generosity and sense of humor made him the “coolest” guy to be around. Dwight served in the Army from Feb. 22, 1971, to April 11, 1972, and was honorably discharged as a specialist four. On Aug. 10, 1974, he married Sylvia Philbrook of Glenburn and lived in Bangor while working construction. After a tragic accident on July 3, 1983, Dwight lost the use of his legs. Though it would change the course of his life, it never changed who he was at heart and he continued to touch the lives of everyone who knew him. As an artist, Dwight created beautiful works of art that will continue as a legacy and remembrance.
Dwight is survived by his ex-wife and closest friend, Sylvia Braley; his daughter, Faith-Ann and her husband, Mark Minutolo; his “daughter-in-love,” Chelsea and her husband, Tyler Emery; and his granddaughters, Isabella and Evangeline. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters and their spouses, David and Gloria, Douglas, Mark and Joy, Evelyn and Gary, Dale and Peggy, Rodney and Beth, Colleen and Duane, Collette, Melody and Fred; and his many nieces and nephews. He is reunited in heaven with his parents; brother, Craig; cousin, Nola; and many other family and friends who undoubtedly greeted him with open arms.
A celebration of life and gathering of friends and family will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in Glenburn. For directions and venue details contact Faith or a Braley family member. Bring a dish, a memory and a joke to celebrate an amazing man. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Lafayette Cancer Center in Brewer in Dwight’s name.