Anthony "Tony" Braman CHELSEA — Anthony “Tony” Braman, 65, died on July 17, 2019, at the Barre Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Barre City. He was born in Chelsea on Dec. 21, 1953, to Walter and Lorraine (Ricker) Braman. Tony attended Chelsea School. He attended Bible College in Nyack, New York, and got his BS in Religious Education. After looking for a job, he joined the Army. He was a soldier somewhere between Gomer Pyle and Beetle Bailey. He was stationed in Devens, Massachusetts, for three years. During his last year (1976), he met and married Lorraine Touriegny, otherwise known as “Lorri.” Lorri picked Tony up at a country-western bar. It was love at first song. Tony wanted to further his education and went to seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. After graduation, Tony took steps toward ordination (training to be a minister). He was ordained in 1983. Tony served small churches in New York, Pennsylvania and New England. He moved back to Chelsea after his wife died. He served many churches in Vermont and became an elder at the New Life Community Church in Northfield. He also took on full-time work as a security guard in Williston. In 2013, Tony had a stroke and lost the use of his legs. He was admitted to Barre Gardens and it was determined this would become his home. While there, he became known as the “Good Humor Man” entertaining residents with jokes and country songs. He was predeceased by his mother and father Walter and Lorraine (Ricker) Braman; and his wife, Lorraine (Touriegny) Braman. Surviving members include a sister and brother-in-law Jack and Annette Johnson, of Chelsea; a brother and sister-in-law Arnie and Anita Braman, of Washington; several nephews, one niece, two grandnephews and two grandnieces. A graveside memorial service will be held on Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. in Riverside Cemetery, Chelsea. A private message of sympathy for the family may be shared at The Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea is in charge of arrangements.

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Irene Brown

My dear Tony...It was a pleasure knowing and sharing time with you at Barre Gardens. May you Rest In Peace in the arms of the Lord. You have been ready for a long time. With love, I say goodbye. Irene Brown

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