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16 Pleasant Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: 207-622-9311
Fax: 207-622-9313
Donald Brawn

Donald T Brawn

Saturday, June 8th, 1929 - Thursday, August 27th, 2020
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AUGUSTA, MAINE
Donald Taylor Brawn, 91 years of age, passed away on August 27, 2020 with family by his side.
Donald was born in Augusta, ME on June 8, 1929. He was the son of Leona and Henry Brawn. He was a lifetime resident of Augusta.
He attended the University of Maine but did not finish his degree after he was called to fight the great Bar Harbor fire in 1947. After falling so far behind with his classes, he decided to not return to college and instead, returned to Augusta and began working at Statler Tissue Co. He then decided to enlist in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Korean War as a Proof Technician Antiaircraft Artillery in 1950. After he was Honorably Discharged from the United States Marine Corps, he returned to work at Statler for 8 years and then worked for the United States Postal Service for over 34 years, retiring in 1992.
Donald married Juliette Roy on September 1, 1952. They had eight children, Steven, Patrick, Paul, Donna, Carol, Nancy, Tina, and Amy.
Donald has been involved with many sports throughout his life, both playing in his youth and coaching in his later years. He played football at Cony High School and for the Augusta Millionaires semi-pro team. After starting a family, he became involved with coaching youth teams. He was the President of the Augusta North Little League and coached the farm league. Additionally, he was a coach for the CYO hockey team for years and coached the first girls’ hockey team at the Kennebec Ice Arena. For two years, Donald coached junior league football, and for ten years, he coached the St. Augustine’s girls’ softball team. After retiring from coaching, he enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports, traveling as far away as Florida and Washington to attend tournaments.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Abnaki Council #334, having served as a Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator for the 4th degree as well as a trustee. Donald and Julie together took part in Marriage Encounter for many years. He served as a Eucharistic Minister, as well as on many church committees at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. He was a member of Le Club Calumet, and he was also involved with the Marine Corps League. During his time working for the United States Postal Service, Donald served as State President for the Letter Carriers Union.
His volunteer service included time as a Hospice Volunteer and with Meal on Wheels. He often donated his platelets proudly wearing his t-shirt stating he “Took his Platelets for a Spin.”
Donald was grateful and honored to have participated in Honor Flight Maine in April 2019, traveling to Washington D.C. with his daughter, Tina, as his guardian along with several fellow Maine veterans and their guardians.
Donald cherished spending time with his family. His ultimate enjoyment was playing cards, especially cribbage.
He is remembered for his witty sense of humor, infectious laugh, and warm, inviting smile. Those that knew him will remember his endless catchphrases that were always followed by a chuckle. Donald was “alright and half left,” was upside down because he had a “nose runs and feet smell,” and would tell nearly everyone goodbye with a “so long, Sally!”
Donald was predeceased by his parents and his siblings, Gloria, Nancy, Marjorie, Maxine, Clarence “Cal” and Cliff, as well as three of his children, Steven, Patrick and Carol. He is survived by his wife, Juliette, of 68 years, his son Paul and wife Sandy; daughter’s Donna and husband Ernie Dulac, Nancy and husband Kevin Strickland, Tina and husband Devin Saban, and Amy and husband Charlie McCann; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The Brawn family expresses its gratitude to Family Focused Healthcare and Beacon Hospice for all of their support and offering of comfort.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Donald’s honor to Honor Flight Maine, PO Box 1770, Portland, Maine 04104-1770 or a hospice agency of your choosing.
There will be no public visitation. A graveside committal with military honors will be held on Friday, September 4th at 10 AM at the old Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Dr., Augusta.
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    Friday, September 4th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, September 4th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    Address
    283 Civic Center Drive
    AUGUSTA, ME 04330
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    Notes
    Please use CDC guidelines of under 100 people, personal distancing and wearing of masks.

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Bonnie Libby

Posted at 07:08am
Dear Julie and family, Thinking of you during this time and remembering the brief times we spent with you and Donald it was nice to get to know one of my husbands best friends in the Augusta Post office. They use to sort mail together way back there. Am sure they would have some good stories to tell. Love and Condolences, Bonnie Libby a member of 248
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Fernand LaRochelle

Posted at 07:58am
A truly good and kind man. I had the privilege of getting to know him through various projects at St Michael's parish. He had a warm and upbeat personality, and found many ways to help people. A big loss for his family, and also for his community. My sincere condolences to Julie and the other members of his family.
Fernand LaRochelle
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Paul J. Poulin

Posted at 10:18am
My deepest sympathies go out to your family. Growing up a few houses up on Northern Ave with Paul and Donna. Mr. Brawn was our mailman who knew everyone and was loved by all is always in my memories. He had the most innovative ways of mowing a lawn at a 90-degree angle, a challenge he took on every week. Thanks for your service to our country.
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Tom & Mary Ellen Molokie

Posted at 07:45am
We would like to send a big virtual hug to Julie and all members of the Brawn family. Our hug is as big as Don's smile. He was a wonderful man and his family meant everything to him. We share in your loss but take great pride in having known him. He was a good man who always was proud of his military service. Please take some comfort in knowing that he made our world a better place because of his kindness and willingness to help others.
Tom & Mary Ellen Molokie
Readfield, Maine
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Jim Fecteau

Posted at 12:06pm
Heartfelt condolences from the greater Fecteau family. What a true, valued friend was Don and he will be missed. A great man and a great family.
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