Donald Braun, Army Vet, Baseball Coach

braunMr. Donald W. Braun, 83, of Somerset passed away suddenly on Nov. 2 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick.

Mr. Braun was born in Upper Darby, Pa. and graduated from Drexel University in 1956. He served his country in the US Army Infantry as Company Commander of a training company at Fort Dix. He moved to Somerset with his family in 1959.

Mr. Braun was an executive at Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick for 35 years and an avid traveler with his wife, Sarah. He coached Little League baseball and youth basketball in Franklin Township for many years. He also served as Warden on the Vestry at Christ Episcopal Church in New Brunswick and was a Board member at Cedar Hill Swim Club in Franklin. Mr. Braun was an active member of the NJ Airedale Club serving as Treasurer. A devoted sports fan and golfer, Mr. Braun was a Rutgers football and basketball season ticket holder for many years.

His parents were Mary Salter Gorman and Abraham Gorman of Drexel Hill, Pa. Mr. Braun is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sarah Buchanan Braun of Somerset, and their children, Donna Black of Charlotte, N.C., Douglas Braun and his wife Jessica of Ashburn, Va. and Wendy VanDeVeen and her husband Ron of East Brunswick. Mr. Braun is also survived by six grandchildren, Gordon, Chris, Darby, Connor, Phil, and Ryan as well as brothers Robert Gorman of Huntersville, N.C., William Gorman of Pittsburgh, Pa., Joseph Braun (deceased) and sisters Sheila Hanley of Pittsburgh, PA, Dorothy Ann Heins of Florida, and Janet Walker of Bridgeton, NJ.

Family visitation will be 5-8 p.m. on Nov. 11 at Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton Street. An internment of ashes ceremony will take place at Christ Episcopal Church, 5 Paterson St., New Brunswick, at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 12, with a Memorial service to follow at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested in Mr Braun’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center.


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