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,
As a young man, he was a volunteer in the Irish Republican
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.