OBITUARY

Melvin Robert Braus

August 3, 1945July 6, 2019
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MELVIN R. BRAUS Mel Braus, longtime resident of Bozrah, passed away on July 6, 2019. He was born in Bridgeport, CT, son of the late Joseph and Jean Braus. Mel earned a Bachelors Degree from Quinnipiac University and was a psychiatric social worker for the State of Connecticut until his retirement. He was married to the love of his life, Beverly (Anne) Kane Braus, and they recently celebrated their 37th anniversary. Mel was an avid fan of NY Yankees baseball, NY Giants football, NY Rangers hockey and UCONN Women's Basketball. He also loved music and had an endless supply of trivia facts about musicians, athletes, and just about any topic of discussion. He was an excellent photographer and had a natural talent for electronics . Over the years, Mel and Bev raised several golden retriever dogs and Mel loved all of his dogs, especially Bogart. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Jaime, Erin, Joe and Kasey, son-in-law Taiwan, and his 3 grandchildren Mya, Messiah and Maison. His grandchildren lovingly called him "Grappy" and he had a very special relationship with them. He is also survived by his sister, Pamela Goldman, numerous nieces and nephews and his extended family of Kane and Homiski in-laws. Mel had a contagious laugh and managed to find a little humor in everything. He will be profoundly missed by his family and friends and his canine buddies. Calling hours are Saturday, July 13, from 2-4 p.m. at Church and Allen Funeral Home in Norwich.

Services

  • Calling Hour / Visitation Saturday, July 13, 2019

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Robert Echter

July 14, 2019

We spoke only occasionally, we saw each other very rarely, yet our friendship remained true for around 50 years. We were brotherly that way and felt the ultimate regard as each other’s friend. We became fast friends when I rented a room in an apartment he and Jon Gollinger had, one summer, and that never wavered. We cared deeply about each other. Joe has some of that feeling from seeing Mel and I together and knows what a strong, true and honest friendship that was. I saw the moment Kasey learned to walk. I saw Jaime and Erin as young girls. Of course, I have known Anne as Mel’s wife and a friend, dear Anne. I remember a few times at the Stevenson Road house with his family around, that is Pam and all, and they were fun times. A true friendship that lasted these years with fun. May god bless and bring good memories of Mel and the love he had for his family. Our friendship will always remain. We are together because of the deep love of Mel. He was my bother. He is a friend and will always remain a friend. What we have is peace, my friend Mel. I’m sorry I won’t have Mel to talk with any more. It was that enduring a friendship. He left us with the charge to do good and do better. Mel was a great friend. Children teach us that time flies, enjoy the flight. We don’t have Mel any more. Yet we are with him.

Sarah Avery

July 13, 2019

Uncle Mel you will be missed among family and friends. Your distinct laugh and odd jokes resonate in my memory. Your love of sports was always so obvious with the clothes you wore, especially that Giants coat. You had a distinct way of sitting on the couch watching the games on TV with one arm extended across the back of the couch and the opposite leg half crossed on your knee. Strong memories of movies, video recording family events over the years, helping others with life's woes, and loving your dogs, all flash through my mind. I am sure both you and Boppa are bowling again: I will be listening for those strikes. Rest in peace Uncle Mel. Give hugs and kisses to Rocky, Spike, and Bogart. Love, Sarah

Mya Faison

July 13, 2019

When you left me at 2:17 am on July 6th my heart torn my grandfather was the brightest person on earth no matter what the situation was he through. He always found away to make everyone happy even if his jokes weren’t close to funny , there was still a little sense of humor . The day me and my brother and grappy went to the beach he was so happy at the end of the day he told me what a great time he had and he definitely wanted to do it again he got angry a lot but is a forgiving person he gave great advice and always boosted self confidence he never judged anyone on their past but he judged on their future he always told me how much of a good basketball player I would be and I will get a lot of money and take him with me around the world he was always open and honest with everyone he had a lot a love for all his dogs especially bogart he told me he wished I could meet him but I had just missed him when I was little he bought me paint and coloring sets he painted with me on his bed and made eggs in the morning he taught me how to do summersaults on the couch I would sit on his lap and pretend I’m doing his grocery shopping since I was born I been his best friend I’m sad he can’t see any of the big things in my life everywhere he went I went he brought me to the store and school almost every day he told me all his old stories most were funny but some sounded like a movie he took his weaknesses and made them my strongest he did everything in his power to make everyone happy grappy if your listening to me just know you are my hero your the wind beneath my wings thanks for all the laughs I wish more kids had a grandpa like you words can’t explain how much I love and miss you one day when I see you again I wanna hear all about your new journey I’d do anything to talk to you one last time this week was not easy but I hope your doing well rest easy papa

From your best friend Mya

Erin Braus

July 13, 2019

I will miss so much dad! I hope that I make you proud, and will miss our late night chats. I love you so much!

Beryl and Mickey Slater

July 12, 2019

Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family. Our hearts go out to all, particularly our dear friends Pamela Goldman and Kasey Giaquinto.
With love,
Beryl and Mickey

Sharon Waskow

July 12, 2019

I’ll remember my cousin’s round blue eyes, his intensity and intelligence about politics, and also his devotion to family. I can see him now as a teenager in his black and red dingy motoring up and down Long Island Sound. Sending love and condolences to his family.
Sharon

Pamela Braus Goldman

July 11, 2019

I’ll remember my brother’s love of his family . He was there for them.
May he Rest In Peace. Love Pamela

Gigliola D'Avolio

July 11, 2019

I've mer Melvin as the cousin of my husband Elliot, He was always talking about Melvin as part of his young life.

Living oversaes, I din't see him often, bus the times we got together I had the sense of a strong family tie and a closeness 'that didn't need many words.

The news of his death is a blow to me and I know Elliot is pained.

To all the children, grandchildren, wife Ann and sister Pamela that Melvin leaves: Mel was a good man, striving for a meaningful life, like all of us,. I respect him and feel close to you in this loss.

Good journey Mel, as we say in my family to those who go.

I miss you.

Gigliola

Taiwan Faison

July 10, 2019

I’m gonna miss Mel especially our talks we had about life & sports, coming home late seeing him on the computer through the windows & the laughs we created together... he always told me Mya will be something in life as her Father I will make sure she succeeds, I just wish you were still here to see it.... Rest Easy Mel

Elliot Silberberg

July 10, 2019


I’m Mel’s cousin. His mom, Jean, and mine, Doris, were sisters.
I remember Mel as a beautiful, roly-poly baby with long, curly blond hair.
We grew up together on family visits every weekend religiously between Bridgeport, Stratford, Ansonia and New Haven and in a cottage our families shared in the summer in Woodmont.
As kids, we used to go out fishing for porgies with droplines and didn’t do half bad.
Mel had an early passion for Big Band, Bebop and Swing music that developed into a connoisseur’s knowledge of it and jazz.
Here it was the heyday of rock and there was Mel listening to the beat of a different drummer.
Mel was big and good-hearted, outspoken and in many ways fearless.
He took the side of the little guy and wasn’t shy about saying so.
His sons and daughters and grandchildren are as full of warmth and life as he was.
I know they’re proud of him. It was mutual.
Mel and I didn’t see each other often as adults, but we kept in touch.
He never forgot or let me forget that we were family.
Mel would end his letters saying he loved me.
Not, “Love, Mel” but, “I love you.”
That’s how much he meant it.

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