Harold "Dewey" Bratton

Sunday, October 19th, 1941 - Tuesday, June 16th, 2020
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Harold W. “Dewey” Bratton, 78, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Born October 19, 1941 at home in Irvona, Pa. to Ronald D. and Jean (Jasper) Bratton. Preceded in death by sister Barbara Jean (Bratton) Donley and brother Leon “Pete” Bratton, stepmother Roberta “Bobby” (McGarvey) (Rea) Bratton and stepsister Janet (Rea) McCully. Last of his generation.
Survived by his wife Carol F. (Martin) Bratton and daughters Tammy J. (Don) Temchack, Janice E. Thompson, Janeen K. (Dave) Sethman and son Jeremy W. (Wendi Herrington) Bratton; stepbrothers and stepsisters, James Rea, Sandra (Ken) Rowles, Ruth A. (Don) McCulley, Mike (Jeannie) Rea; 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Owner operator of Able Company No.1 in Houtzdale, Pa. from 1989 thru 2013; providing fire protection equipment and service in central Pa. Formerly with Walter Kidde Co. in New Jersey 1963 thru 1989, serving as company president 1986 thru 1989. Active in National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors from its inception, serving multiple terms on the Board of Directors and on the Portable Fire Extinguisher committee from 1965 to 2013. Derived many positive benefits from being an active member of NAFED. Financed and organized the New Jersey Association of Fire Extinguisher Distributors. Assisted with the formation of the Pa. Association of Fire Equipment Distributors. Enjoyed hunting, traveling, spending time with family and friends. Also enjoyed working with the committees and organizing the BCI Class of “59” reunions and BCI Alumni reunions.
Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements entrusted to Kruise-Spewock Funeral & Cremation Services, Madera.
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Robert Diehl

Posted at 11:30pm
Carol and Family, Barb and I are so sorry to hear of Dewey's passing. Although we did not see him often, we always enjoyed talking to him. Once in our travels we bumped into him at the Phillipsburg Sheetz store. We recognized him instantly due to his signature red hat. We had a short enjoyable and pleasant conversation and then continued on our way. We both liked Dewey and remarked how nice he was. I will miss the occasional e-mails he would send me. So So Sorry for your loss. Bob and Barb Diehl

Richard Brnik

Posted at 11:17am
I met Dewey at work at Raytheon. He was one good guy.

Bob Phillips

Posted at 04:23pm
Carol and Family - Our heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Dewey was certainly 'one of the good ones' - a true original in the best sense of the word.
The world is a better place because he was here, and it is a poorer place now that he is gone. We share your sense of loss. He will be missed by many.
Dewey served as a connector for the Class of 59 - keeping track of mailing lists, moves, activities. For many, our lives would not have intersected again after high school without his efforts. He always gave a lot of credit to the group that served as our reunion committee, and rightly so - they were critical to our reunions. But we all needed a rallying point and that was Dewey. From the beginning and all the way through to our 60-year gathering in August 2019, Dewey was our rallying point.
He will be greatly missed!
Bob & Kathy, Class of 59

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