Frank E. Braman
Frank E. Braman, retired commander of the U.S. Coast Guard, 81, of Casco, Maine, and Governor’s Harbour Eleuthera, Bahamas, passed away peacefully on Aug. 25, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born in Jamestown on Aug. 14, 1933, son of Frank and Frances Braman.
Frank joined the Coast Guard after graduating from Rogers High School in Newport. He met his wife, Elizabeth (Wagner) Braman, at Aquatic School in Hanson, Mass. They married in Holbrook, Mass., on April 5, 1958.
Frank always enjoyed being near the water, whether Coffee Pond in Casco or the ocean in Eleuthera. Both he and his wife gave a sense of adventure to their four children, whether climbing glaciers in Alaska or scuba diving at age 79. While in the Coast Guard, the couple lived all over the country, including Anchorage, Alaska, and Mobile, Ala. They traveled the world visiting places such as the Holy Land and Greece.
After retiring from the Coast Guard, Frank enjoyed teaching for 20 years in the Lakes Region. He was an active member of his community as a member of the planning board, a volunteer firefighter, and was involved in several environmental initiatives.
He is predeceased by a daughter, Susan, of Casco. Surviving are his wife, of Casco; two sons, Scott and his wife Suzanne Parrott of Peaks Island, Maine, and Steve and his wife Lisa Rechisky of Andover, Mass.; a daughter Sally and her partner Gerard Sullivan of Baldwin, N.Y.; his grandson Finn of Peaks Island; and son-in-law Brian Osier of Casco.
A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Casco Village Church at 941 Meadow Road in Casco, Maine. A graveside ceremony will follow at Lakeside Cemetery. A reception will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the Casco Village Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Coast Guard scholarship fund at coastguard foundation.org.