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01/15/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Charles Brabrand

Charles Willard Brabrand, Sr.
(09 Nov 1912 - 13 Jan 2011)

Newport News High School Class of 1928

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Saturday.     Charles Brabrand, Class of 1928, brother of John Brabrand of VA, and of the late Thomas Vincent Brabrand, Alvin Brabrand, and Elmer Brabrand, passed away at Riverside Convalescent Center in Newport News on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at the age of 98.

      From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 01/15/11 - "Passing Typhoon":


We have lost another of our schoolmates. I knew and admired this gentleman - a real wealth of knowledge about early Newport News. He graduated in 1928. His name is Charles Brabrand, Sr. His Obit is in today's DP.  

Jerry Blanchard (Class of 62) of Va.

   Thank you, Jerry.  I had just finished reading the obituaries and found this when I caught your note.  I remembered that you had sent his photo to us last February.  My condolences on the loss of your friend.

      From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 02/05/10 - "NNHS - An Old Student":

I have attached a picture of one of our very earliest class members. I have known this gentleman, Charles Brabrand, for 30 years (or more), but did not know he graduated from NNHS until last week. He is 98 years old. His family does not know the exact year, but it has to be between 1928 and 1930. He spent one year on a merchant ship when he was 15, so the family says. His memory is not the best at this time. Some things he talks about, the family can verify. I visit him every chance I get to try to learn more of Newport News in those bygone days.   

Jerry Blanchard (Class of 62) of Va.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks so much, Jerry!

From the Daily Press - 01/15/11:

                Charles W. Brabrand, Sr.

      NEWPORT NEWS - Charles Willard Brabrand Sr., 98, passed away at Riverside Convalescent Center on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011. Charles was born on Nov. 9, 1912, in Newport News to the late Thomas Sorensen Brabrand and Meta Jorgensen Brabrand.

He graduated from Newport News High School in 1928 and attended the College of William and Mary until his father, a ship chandler, secured him a position on a Danish freighter for a year that sailed from Chile to Quebec. Returning home, he then worked at a myriad of jobs such as delivering milk with a mule drawn wagon, driving a taxi, selling cars, and milking cows on his fathers' dairy farm. He also worked at NN Shipyard as a machinist and Naval Weapons Station as a mechanic during WWII. In 1946 he bought and operated a dairy farm in Ivor, Va., for three years.
Charles Brabrand

In 1949, he bought an appliance business on Main St. West Point, Va., which he called Bottled Gas and Appliance Co. He sold it to ESSO in 1955 and bought the John Deere dealership on 14th St. where WP Glass is now located. After selling this business in 1959, he bought and ran successful Laundromat businesses in West Point, Hampton and Newport News. In retirement, he enjoyed renovating, renting, and selling a number of old homes in West Point.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife for 74 years, Anita Ammons Brabrand; three brothers, Thomas Vincent, Alvin and Elmer Brabrand.

He is survived by a brother, John and his wife, Cary Brabrand of West Point; three sons, Charles Jr. (Judy) of Gloucester, Andrew (Betty) of Montpelier, and Jim (Agnes) of West Point; nine grandchildren, Joy Brabrand, Anita (Wayde) Wood, Darlene (Scottie) Jackson, Mark Brabrand, Samuel (Miranda) Brabrand, Jonathan (Leigh) Brabrand, Daniel (Jessica) Brabrand, Scott (Debbie) Brabrand, Douglas (Sarah) Brabrand; 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Charles was a longtime member and elder of Brett-Reed Memorial Presbyterian Church. He was active in maintenance and repair of the church facilities including renovation of the church kitchen. The family gives a very special thanks to Virginia Fussell for her years of dedicated service and care of Charles and Anita Brabrand in their home. We also thank Beatrice Jones, Kathleen Holmes, Comfort Keepers and the wonderful staff at Riverside Convalescent Center including their hospice staff. We give a special thanks to Pastor Nancy Summerlin for all the spiritual support she gave our father.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vincent Funeral Home, 417 11th street in West Point, VA 23181, with the funeral service beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Brett-Reed Memorial Presbyterian Church, 29680 King William Road, West Point, VA 23181 or the charity of your choice.

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Published in the Daily Press from January 15 to January 16, 2011.
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January 15, 2011

  May God bless and comfort you during your loss. He was a kind and gentle spirit. My mother worked for him at the laundromat. I will keep the family in prayer.
January 15, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

~ Ernest & Jo Ann Lowry, Montpelier, Virginia

January 16, 2011
Charles, Judy and family,
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. May God comfort you at this time. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

January 17, 2011


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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Brabrand family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

For All the Saints

- Lyrics by William W. How (1823-1897) , 1864
Music (Sine Nomine) by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), 1906

For all the saints
who from their labors rest,
Who thee by faith
before the world confessed.
Thy name, O Jesus,
be forever blest.

Thou wast their Rock,
their Fortress and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their captain
in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear,
their one true light.

O may Thy soldiers,
faithful, true, and bold,
Fight as the saints
who nobly fought of old,
And win with them
the victor's crown of gold.

And when the strife is fierce,
the warfare long,
Steals on the ear
the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again,
and arms are strong.

From earth's wide bounds,
from ocean's farthest coast,
Thro' gates of pearl
streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father,
Son, and Holy Ghost,

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