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Robert Elmer Brackley (1938-2017)

Robert Brackley

STRONG - Robert Elmer Brackley, 79, passed away on Nov. 29, 2017 at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.

He was born on Sept. 9, 1938, in Strong, the son of Elmer and Elteene (Dill) Brackley.

Bob was educated in the schools of Strong and graduated from Strong High School in the class of 1956. On Sept. 19, 1959, he married Kathleen “Kay” Cushman at the Strong Methodist Church.

Over the years, he was self-employed as a dairy farmer, worked at Pratt’s Equipment (later Murray’s Equipment), and delivered the Lewiston Sun Journal newspaper for 25 years.

He was a member of the Strong United Methodist Church. Bob was an avid gardener, which was his passion. He enjoyed working on farm machinery-especially on the hay balers, being known to many as the “Baler man” and was considered to be one of the best in the state at repairing them. Bob loved his little toy poodle dogs.

Bob is survived by; his wife of 58 years, Kay Brackley of Strong; his daughter, Gayle White and husband Ron of Milo and Strong; his sons, David Brackley of Strong, Daniel Brackley and wife Pamela of Whiteville, NC, and Robert Brackley Jr. and wife Susan of Angier, NC; his sister, Virginia Piccirillo and husband Vito of Shirley, MA; 24 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation, 8 Sundance Lane, Newry, ME 04261, or to the Strong United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Attn: Harry Tiffany, PO Box 33, Strong, ME 04983.

On Saturday, December 9, 2017, visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a funeral service will begin at 1 pm, at the Strong United Methodist Church, 8 Church Hill Rd., in Strong, with Rev. Dee Webber officiating. Interment will follow at the Village Cemetery in Strong. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Rd., Farmington, ME 04938.

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  1. Kay and family we are so very sorry to hear about your loss of Bob. We loved watching his garden grow every year! He took such great pride in that garden. May he now fly high with his magnificent set of wings!

  2. Kay,
    So very sorry for your loss.
    Carol Mc

  3. Condolences to my long time paper carrier, Kay, and the rest of the family.

  4. Our condolences to Kay and all the members of her family.

  5. Thoughts and prayers to the family

  6. Kay and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Our community and church also suffers a loss. He was an amazing man whom I had known my entire life. My husband and I always went to him when we needed car repairs and inspections because we knew he would get the job done and be more than fair with charges for his work. My heart goes out to you all! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  7. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bob's family..

  8. My condolences to the family of Bob Brackley. Kay my heart aches for your loss No was a wonderful guy sure am going to miss his
    Smiles and seeing him in his garden and family gathering he will be missed for sure

  9. Kay and Family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. We will certainly miss seeing Bob out working in his beautiful garden! Praying for peace and comfort for all of you.

  10. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  11. Dear Kay and Family. we are so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Bob&Pam Hyde

  12. Richard ,Jeanne Jackson. We are very sorry to about uncle Bob and his passing our thought and prayers are with you and your family.

  13. So sorry to read this. Thinking about all of you!

  14. So sorry for your loss Kay. Hope you find peace at this time.

  15. So sorry to hear of your loss. I saw Bob in the garden this summer. Alway enjoyed going to see him at the garage years ago. We are thinking of you and your family . Sherry & Madelyn

  16. Kay and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, Mike and Jean

  17. Our thoughts are with the Brackley family during this difficult time.

  18. Dear Kay and family, We are so sorry for your loss and have happy memories of Bob coming
    to our rescue to fix a tractor or another piece of farm machinery. Thinking of you, John and Louise

  19. So very sorry for your loss! Condolences to all!💖

  20. Kay so sorry for your loss, my thoughts & prayers are with you& your family. I always enjoyed going by your house and see'n him in his garden, will miss that

  21. My condolences to Kay and the rest of the family. Especially my forever friend Judy Piccirillo. Hope you're doing well.

  22. condolences to family left behind too soon. And Kay just retired from newspapers. Sigh.

  23. Thinking of you Kay and I am remembering all the good times and outings our families had together back when we were raising our children. We had so much fun!! Robert and I started Kindergarten the same year and graduated high school together. He and Richard were good friends and had many a laugh together. Good times, good memories. Loving thoughts to you Kay and your family. Eunice Shurtleff

  24. So sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and your family.

  25. Thinking of you and your family our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Pam and Terry.

  26. our condolences to you Kay and family for your loss...I always admired bob's sense of humor, well, maybe not so much when he told me we were having worms for supper when I was visiting at 5 years of age...still, very good man, much respected by the majority of the people I knew who knew him...he will be a hard act to follow...