Robert B. “Bob” Brannaka

February 1, 2018


Robert B. Brannaka "Bob" passed away peacefully at home with his wife by his side, on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, to Robert B. and Hazel (Harris) Brannaka, Bob was educated in Pennsylvania schools, and graduated in 1947 from Pemberton (NJ) High School. Bob enlisted in the US Navy, in 1948, and made a career of the service, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer, in 1968. His love for this country, the US Navy and his family was evident in his words and deeds.

Upon retiring from the Navy, Bob worked in Research and Development for Micro-fibers, in Pawtucket, RI, which subsequently became Indev Control Systems, moving to Bristol, RI, then to East Providence, RI, where he worked as Purchasing Manager. Upon the closing of the plant, Bob worked briefly for American Dryer, Inc., in Fall River, and then became comptroller for Carol Brannaka Realtors, a real estate company, in Somerset. Bob was a licensed Real Estate Broker, and a past member of the Greater Fall River Association of Realtors, where he served as a Director.

A kind man, with an infectious smile and unassuming manner, Bob has been referred to as a "gentle giant" by so many people who have had the pleasure of knowing him. Bob's love of the sea was never far from his thoughts. He and Carol spent many summers deep sea fishing off the Maine coast, and winter vacations in St. Maarten, NA, where he often said "it doesn't get better than this". They went on numerous cruises, including two transatlantic crossings, visiting Europe, South and Central America, Mexico, and islands of the Caribbean. His favorite part of these cruises was sitting on a balcony in a deck chair, reading a good book and taking in the salt air.

He will be greatly missed by his loving and devoted wife, Carol (Carolyn L. Souza) with whom he would have celebrated 62 years of marriage this coming April, and his loving daughters, Tracey L. Healy (William J.) of Greenwich, Conn, and Avery E. Brannaka (formerly Smith) of Somerset. He was the grandfather of five: Mariah L. Byrne (Daniel) and Brian P. Healy (Devan) each from Norwalk, Conn., and Victoria E., Rachel C., and Alexandra C. Smith of Somerset, great grandfather to Addison L. Byrne and another great grandchild on the way in Norwalk.

We know that Bob would want us to recognize and thank the wonderful CNA's who have provided him with care, compassion, and lots of love; Barbara, Sara, Dee, Laura, Rachel, Dina, Bruni, who made it possible for him to remain at home. In Bob's behalf we want to say a sincere "thank you" to South Coast VNA for their Palliative and Hospice care.

Visiting Hours for Bob will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, from 4-7pm, with a Prayer Service and Words of Remembrance following at 7pm, in the Hathaway Community Home for Funerals, 900 Buffinton Street, Somerset.

Private burial with Military Honors, will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations in his memory can be made to the Alzheimers Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452, or the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Calling Hours

FEB 7. 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)

Hathaway Community Home For Funerals
900 Buffinton Street
Somerset, MA, 02726

Prayer Service and Words of Remembrance

FEB 7. 7:00 PM (EST)

Hathaway Community Home For Funerals
900 Buffinton Street
Somerset, MA, 02726

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