Gerald Leon Brann, 73, passed away peacefully at his home in the early morning hours of September 19, 2020. He was born on March 9, 1947 in Gardiner, ME to Walter “Mike” Brann and Bernita Allen Brann.
Jerry was educated in local schools and entered the US Navy in September of 1965. He was very proud to be a military veteran. He was a Machinist Mate 3 assigned to the Iwo Jima Aircraft Carrier of the 7th Fleet stationed in San Diego, CA. After two tours of patrolling the waters off Vietnam, Jerry was given an honorable medical discharge.
Jerry’s childhood sweetheart, Toni Newcombe Brann, traveled to San Diego and married him on April 16, 1966 before he shipped out to Vietnam. They were together 54 years, living first in San Diego and then the Windsor and Whitefield areas. Jerry and Toni were blessed with a son, Gerald Michael (Mickey), a daughter, Dianna Michelle (Dede), and two grandsons, Cameron Michael and Kyle Branndon.
After his discharge from the Navy, Jerry worked at the Wiscasset Nuclear Power Plant and Togus VA. His true passion was construction, and he drove tractor trailers and operated heavy equipment for Bridge Construction, Ben Pushard Construction, Hanley Construction, and Forrest Peaslee Logging.
Jerry’s favorite activities included riding his Harley, ice fishing, horse pulling, especially at Windsor Fair, hunting with his grandsons, and using his John Deere tractor on his land. Tony and Jerry loved camping with their Toy Hauler and ATVs. His favorite travel destinations were visiting Jackson Hole, Wyoming and ATV riding Downeast with Toni and friends.
Jerry’s family was very important to him, and it gave him great pleasure to watch over his family, especially his grandsons. Jerry was blessed with many, many close friends, and he enjoyed socializing with all of them and their families.
Jerry was predeceased by his parents, Mike and Bernita, brother Darrell and wife Ray, sister Cheryl Kelley, and father and mother-in-law, Philip and Mary Newcombe.
Survivors are his wife Toni, his children Mickey (Stacey), and Dede Holmes; grandsons Cameron (Allison), Kyle, and like-a-daughter Dawn Haskell: Sister in-law Ty and her husband Tony Turner; brother-in-law Philip and wife Darlene Newombe; brother-in-law Milan Kelley; special nephews, Ricky (Laurie) and Todd (Greta) Cummings and Sam Newcombe; nieces Katherine (Alex) Newcombe-Lang, Tammy Grant and Shari Billings; great nephews, Logan (Kaitie), Jacob and Caleb Cummings; great niece Sydney Cummings; nephews Luke Turner, Adam Turner, and families, Jason Brann and family, and niece Allison Kornsey and family. Jerry is also survived by two special aunts, Arlene Gervais and Mary Peabody and many special Brann cousins and Allen cousins.
Jerry, Dad, and Pape, we love you and miss you. We will see you again in Heaven.
Th family would like to thank the Togus VA and the Hospice Staff for their compassionate care of Jerry. A special thank you to Patsy and Ingrid for being there for his last hours, and family and friends for their love and support.
Due to the COVID Pandemic, a private graveside service was held for his family.
If desired, donations can be sent to Jerry’s favorite charities: Windsor Historical Society, P.O. 27, Windsor, ME Shelter, 04363 or Mid Coast Animal Shelter, 190 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME 04011.