Kenneth R. Brazier

Jun 24, 2019
Kenneth Brazier

Monroe, La. — Kenneth Robinson "Butch" Brazier, 76, passed away June 19, 2019, peacefully in his sleep after a period of declining health. Butch was born to Maurice and Arlene Brazier May 5, 1943, in Thomaston.

He was educated in Thomaston schools and received advanced training in emergency medical and fire safety. He was asked to join the Thomaston Fire Department after showing up at the young age of 15, of his own volition, to assist with a town fire. During his service, he participated in many life-threatening situations. He was dedicated in supporting his fellow firemen and community members. He spent numerous hours helping with firefighting events, including family picnics, Fourth of July parades, cookouts and the firemen’s carnival.

Lt. Butch Brazier remained a lifelong member of the fire department and took on the role of dispatcher and EMT. A dedicated provider to the community, he would always jump at the opportunity to aid to those in need, both on land and sea. While Butch would say he loved serving the fire department the most, he took on many roles to provide for his family. He worked at Crowe Rope and owned and operated Georges Valley Sports Co. while residing in Warren and later worked at Bicknell Manufacturing in Rockland.

While raising his children, he worked with Paul Bunyan and Babe, the Blue Ox, or so he said. He was, after all, known for his sense of humor, riddles, jokes and storytelling.

Once his children were grown, he set out to fulfill his dream by purchasing a yacht, the Quarter Pounder, after he retired, to travel the U.S. waterways.

The Quarter-Pounder, his cat, Square Knot, and First Mate Ruthie experienced many adventures before settling at Bonfouca Marina in Slidell, La.. Later the Quarter Pounder survived the wrath of Hurricane Katrina. While residing in Louisiana, Butch was baptized at the Church of Christ.

His girls, Tina, Bonnie and Lisa, fondly remember the fun times they had at the family cottage on Chickawaukie Lake. Countless hours were spent outdoors in the summer swimming, water-skiing, and tubing, having large gatherings, including lobster bakes and cookouts, around the oven and fireplace he and his father handcrafted at water’s edge. In the winter, snowmobiling was enjoyed by many. During our gatherings with friends and family, we would listen, outside while singing along and dancing, to the music performed by Jud Strunk, Johnny Cash and Jeannie C Riley, to name a few. A portable phone, built in a box, was placed on a nearby tree so that we could enjoy the great outdoors to the fullest.

Butch often came home to Thomaston from Louisiana to participate in the annual Fourth of July celebrations. It was apparent the pride that he felt as he rode the streets of Thomaston on one of the many fire trucks. He was especially fond of the 1937 Buffalo. In fact, a few weeks before his passing, he asked Ruthie to write instructions on how to pump the Buffalo so that new fire department recruits would know how to properly use the old engine. In keeping with his last wish, Butch will be a part of the annual Fourth of July parade in his hometown.

Members of the Thomaston fire department, will honor him by providing his final ride on the Buffalo, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. The graveside service will be held at his family’s plot in the Thomaston Village Cemetery. The Rev. Wayne Sawyer will officiate at the service where he will then be laid to rest. Following the service, there will be a celebration of his life at the Thomaston Fire Department for family and friends.

Kenneth was predeceased by his parents, Arlene and Maurice Brazier, and two sisters, Arlene Brazier and Deanna Soares. He is survived by his longtime companion, Ruthie Mullins; his sister, Marley Tillis, and her husband, John; his four daughters, Tina Lavie and husband George, Bonnie Morris-Hardman and husband John, Lisa Lane and husband Alan and Megan Chain and companion Rusty. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Birch, Greg Jr., Kristi, Jessica, Alan Jr, Athena, Cassandra, Garrett and Justin; and great-grandchildren Forrest, Hunter, Madisyn, Connor, Carter, Temperance, Juliette, Jocelyn and Bjorn.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Thomaston Fire Department, 6 Knox St., Thomaston, ME 04861.

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