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John Braz

05/30/1955 - 05/15/2022


Obituary For John Braz

John Braz, 66, of Pawtucket, RI, passed away, May 15, 2022, at Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI.

He was the husband of Wanda C. (Banalewicz) Braz.

Born in Fall River, MA, he was the son of the late Joseph P. and Margaret (Abbruzzi) Braz.

Mr. Braz had worked as a manager for the State of Rhode Island Department of Transportation for 35 years, retiring in 2019. He enjoyed golfing and fishing. Mr. Braz was a member of Crestwood Country Club.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, David Joseph Braz of Cumberland, RI, a brother, James M. Braz and his wife Jennifer of Barrington, RI, three sisters, Nancy J. Ingram and her husband Dennis of Warren, RI, Margaret M. McIntyre and her husband Peter of Marietta, GA, and Susan A. Fontaine and her husband Barry of Bristol, RI, and one granddaughter, Allyson M. Braz of Cumberland, RI. He was also the twin brother of the late Joseph Braz.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2022, from 4-8PM in Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd., Warren, RI.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 23, 2022, at 9AM, from Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd., Warren, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM in St. Mary of the Bay Church, 645 Main St., Warren.

Burial will be private.

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  • 04/13/2023

    I met John when we were students at URI and we became fast friends. His love of life, his most wonderful laugh and his loyalty to family and friends were among his many attributes. Boy, could he be a rascal in college! That was simply part of his charm. We stayed in touch over the many years since college by way of Christmas cards and phone calls. It was lovely. My condolences to you, Wanda, and to David (of who he was SO proud!) and your extended family. John is truly missed. Phyllis (Hobson) Clement

  • 06/15/2022

    Wanda sending our prayers to you and your family. Love Paula and Bruce

  • 06/10/2022

    Wanda, I just heard of John's passing. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. 🙏✝️

  • 05/23/2022

    My sympathies to all. John was a great guy and I remember him always smiling and had an answer to any question. We shared many thoughts about many topics. He will be sadly missed.

  • 05/23/2022

    Wanda, You're in the prayers of many who are trusting God to strengthen you day by day. Much love, Dean and faith

  • 05/22/2022

    When I think of John, I reflect on many memories we shared. First was when I was a lil' bratty kid, and called him a name when I was on my bike. He came racing after me, but I got away. I was scared to death of him!!!! Later on in life, I became friends with John, Nancy, and Margaret. We all had our different friendships at different times. John and I were just good buddy's. We laughed a lot. We shared a ride from Fort Lauderdale back to Rhode Island with his roomate and pet alligator in the back seat! I would look at John with complete fear in my eyes of that creature! Too many memories to list, however I will always treasure our fun friendship and the laughs we shared. Rest in peace my friend. You will be missed by many! Love, Melsie

  • 05/19/2022

    Nancy We're sorry to read about your lose. God bless you and yours. Ed Owens & Peggy

  • 05/19/2022

    From the time we went crabbing giving us pointers on how he does it right and we were doing it wrong to watching some sports. John had his one liners that really made our belly hurt form laughing so hard. He will surely be missed

  • 05/18/2022

    David I am so very sorry..Your Dad lived his life as he wanted & that made him special. He loved you & was so very proud of you. May you and he find peace during this tough time. Thinking of you my friend - Christine Servais

  • 05/18/2022

    Wanda, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Kelly & Dee McMillan 💔🙏🏻

  • 05/17/2022

    Sue, we are so very sorry for the loss of your brother John. Sending our condolences to you and your family. - Tina & Mike Avila

  • 05/17/2022

    Wanda, I am so sorry to hear about John's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Robin Whalen

  • 05/17/2022

    Wanda, There are simply no words for the devastating and shocking loss of your beloved John. I am so sorry that this happened to you, his Family and Friends. May you hold him in your heart as that is where he will forever remain. I am so Sorry. Love Maria

  • 05/17/2022

    I am so sorry to hear of John's passing and offer my sincerest sympathies and condolences to his family. John was a special man with a big heart. We shared many laughs together over the years. God Bless you Johnny Braz and may you rest in peace my friend. Joe Bucci

  • 05/17/2022

    so sad to hear of john's passing, we shared many laughs along the way through softball, golf, and touch football...he will be greatly condolences to his family. John Paul Medeiros , Warren, R.I.

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