Joseph Bray
Ret. Carpenter, 87

Joseph Bray of Liberty, a former resident of Washington Heights and the Bronx and a carpenter by trade, died Saturday, July 19, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris.

He was 87 years of age.  
The son of the late John and Bridget Sheerin Bray, he was born September 24, 1915, in Limerick City, Ireland. He was the widower of Mary O'Dwyer Bray who died January 15, 2002.  
As a young man, he was a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army.


Mr. Bray immigrated to the United States in 1953. He devoted much of his life to the advancement of the culture and language of Ireland.   For many years, he was a professor of Irish language, history and culture at Sullivan County Community College and Orange County Community College. He was the recipient of the Irish American of the Year of Orange County award.  
He was a co-founder, vice president and president of the Wild Geese Social Club of Washington Heights. Mr. Bray was a member of the Carpenters' Union Local 608, a longtime member of the Elks Club in Liberty and a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus. He belonged to many Irish organizations, including The Limerickmen's Association, Member of Cumann an Fainne, Daltai na Gaeilge, Clanna Gael and Sean Oglaigh nah Eireann (The old volunteers of Ireland), a charter member of the Friendly Sons and Daughters of St. Patrick of Orange County, an honorary member of Friends of Irish Freedom, The Gaelic Cultural Society and the Connecticut Irish American Historical Society.
  Mr. Bray is survived by five children and their spouses, Una (Bray) and Lyle Hayes of Greenwich, Aine and Marc Skyler of Booklyn, Sean and Christine Dillon Bray of Limerick, Ireland, Mairead (Bray) and Gary Musso of Hopkinton, Mass., and Patrick and June Carter Bray of Northboro, Mass; seven grandchildren, Deirdre Kornhiser, Tara Bray Keane, David Skyler, Joseph Bray, Alexandra Skyler, Molly Bray Hayes and Lelia Bray Musso; and two great-grandchildren, Dylan and Jennifer Keane.
 A memorial service will be held at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday at St. Peter's Church in Liberty. It will be followed by a traditional Irish wake at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Liberty.


The cremains will be flown to Ireland and a Funeral Mass will be offered at St. John's Cathedral in Limerick City, Ireland.