Robert P. Brainard

January 6, 1925January 18, 2013

Robert P. Brainard, 88, of Raleigh passed away Friday, January 18, 2013. He was born January 6, 1925 to the late Frank Samuel and Beatrice Peabody Brainard. Mr. Brainard was a US Navy veteran, where he fought at the Battle of Normandy at Omaha Beach. He retired from IBM as a contract manager after more than 30 years. Robert was a founding and active member of North Raleigh Presbyterian Church and Hospice of Wake County. He was preceded in death by two wives, Joan Marie Peda Brainard and Marlene Haake Schuler Brainard and a brother Frank Brainard.

Surviving are: two daughters, Marlene L. Brainard of Durham and Gretchen J. Brainard of New York; a son, Robert P. (Linda Diane) Brainard Jr. of Maryland; step-daughter, Kristin Mitchell of Raleigh; three grandchildren, Patrick, Ryan and Connor Brainard; a step-granddaughter, Schuyler Mitchell; a sister, Laura Kochis of Connecticut; a brother Richard (Joanne) Brainard of Florida.

A memorial service will be held at the North Raleigh Presbyterian Church, 11905 Strickland Road, Raleigh at 3:00 PM Saturday, January 26, 2013. The family will be receiving guests prior to and after the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607. Share your condolences at


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Sandy Brainard and Susan Bindig

January 25, 2013

Susan and I have such good memories of uncle Bob - his good humor, the twinkle in his eyes. I always enjoyed being with him. He, my father, aunt Laura, and uncle Dick were always such a lively group; and everybody loved to dance!

January 23, 2013

Marlene, Robert and Gretchen, I loved Uncle Bobby and he was one of my blessings I counted in my prayers. I hope you find comfort in your memories of your beautiful, gentle father. I miss and love all of you....
Heather Brainard Johnson

Susan Rouse

January 23, 2013

What a wonderful man we have lost. A kind, gentle caring, sharp person who made everyone he met feel special. His compassion and commitment to Hospice of Wake County was boundless and I was blessed to have him serve on the Oktoberfest Committe for many years. He and Marlene were Mr and Mrs Oktoberfest, dancing to the music of The Little German Band. Bob and his buddy Paul Yoker were instrumental in making it happen. "King Keg", as we nicknamed him, made sure the event was fun, organized and safe. I am sad he is gone, but I am warmed by those precious memories and I will feel his presence every year at Oktoberfest time. Thanks, Good Man, for everything. I can see you and Marlene dancing, right now!

Kristin M

January 23, 2013

Bob was always there for my mother Marlene. I felt honored to spend time with him over the last 6 months and help him out a bit and glean some of the wisdom he shared. It was a gift to me and to my daughter to have the time we did have with him. He was sharp, caring and a witty man.

January 23, 2013

Bob was a wonderful man and we miss him. Mary and Jimmy Reise (Frederick, MD)

Theresa R

January 22, 2013

Dear Marlene, Gretchen and Robert,

My memories of your father are filled with smiles, many days of Hospice Octoberfest activities, Hospice training and more volunteering. He was a tireless supporter, advocate and patient supporter when men were scarce in such essential work.

His memory is filled with blessings as he shared blessings with others.

January 22, 2013

I shared being grandparents with Bob through my daughter Linda and son-in-law Robert's children. His death is a very personal loss to me and my family.

Bill Reise

Gary Boyce

January 22, 2013

Bob was one of my favorite people at at IBM.