Norman L. Braley, 81, went home to be with his Lord on May 7, 2011, at Windward Gardens in Camden.

Born in Pittsfield on Sept. 22, 1929, he was the son of Glendon B. Sr. and Ethel Weymouth Braley. Educated in local schools, he was a 1948 graduate of Maine Classical Institute in Pittsfield. As a young boy he played trumpet and saxophone with his father’s band, The Braley Band.

Throughout his youth, Norman worked in the area poultry industry and after graduating high school, continued in that work.

On March 5, 1949, he married Joyce H. Downs in Pittsfield. The couple moved to the Midcoast in 1954 when Norman began employment as a buyer with the Maplewood Poultry Company in Belfast.

After 20 years employment with Maplewood, having raised their family and relocated their home to Rockport, the Braleys transformed their home into a home for senior citizens called Ragged Mountain Home.

In 1987, Norman purchased Seven Mountains Motel on Route 1 in Rockport. For two years, he operated both the Ragged Mountain Home and the motel, until selling the boarding home in 1989. He was still proprietor of the motel at the time of his death.

Norman was a longtime member of South Hope Community Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher and trustee. He was also served as a neighborhood commissioner for local Boy Scout troops.

He enjoyed being outside, gardening and maintaining his property.

More than anything, Norman was devoted to his family. He loved all his grandchildren and reveled in teaching them how to whistle and say the alphabet backwards.

He also considered his wife’s entire family to be like his own.

Norman was predeceased by one son, Mark G. Braley in 1987, and two brothers, Glendon B. Braley Jr. and Urban Braley.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Joyce, of Rockport; two sons and their wives, Gregory N. and Sandra Braley of West Reading, Pa., and Karl A. and Gwendolyn of Hinesville, Ga.; two daughters and their husbands, Anne D. and Timothy Crabtree of South Hope and Barbara Jean and Guy Newcomb of Rockland; a daughter-in-law, Betty Braley Weinhold of Shillington, Pa.; one sister, Judith Davis and her husband, Robert, of Detroit, Maine; two sisters-in-law, Lois Braley of Pittsfield and Patricia Braley of Vasselboro; nine grandchildren and their spouses, including Lisa Braley, Christina Spoonagle and her husband, Shaun, David, Eric Crabtree and his wife, Bethany, Melanie Braley, Esther Hoffner and her husband, Chris, Justin Braley and his wife, Tammy, Amelia Braley and Nicholas Braley; nine great-grandchildren, including Katlyn, Sloan, Ethan, Jakob, Bryce, Peyton, Hattie, Eden and Marcelo; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit Tuesday, May 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 11 at 11 a.m. at South Hope Community Church, Main Street (Route 17) in South Hope. The Rev. Norman Finnemore will officiate. Interment will follow in the Rockville Cemetery in Rockport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the South Hope Community Church, 142 Main St., Hope, ME 04847.

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