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William Earl Brailey
05/05/1941 - 04/30/2022
Obituary For William Earl Brailey
William “Bill” Earl Brailey, 80, of Warren, RI, passed away, Saturday, April 30, 2022, at home.
He was the husband of the late Betty Jo (Botelho) Brailey.
Born in Fall River, MA, he was the son of the late Earland William and Veronica Alma (Guilmette) Brailey.
Bill graduated from Durfee High School in 1959. In 1960 he went on to join the United States Air Force
National Guard. Immediately following, he went on to have a career as an electrical engineer for
Raytheon, retiring in the 1990’s after 39 years. At a young age, his father taught him car mechanics and
racing cars became a passion. There were many things that brought him joy, some of them including:
working on and attending car shows with his ‘67 Chevelle, HAM radio, camping trips near and far, being a
member of the Fall River Rod and Gun Club, fixing broken clocks and sewing machines, attending
Raytheon retiree monthly luncheons, and spending time with family.
He is survived by a son, William S. Brailey of Cocoa Beach, FL, a daughter, Ashley Welch and her partner
Rodney of Middletown, RI, two step-sons, Robert Durand and his wife Jacqueline of Winslow, ME, and
Gary Durand and his wife Beth of Hopkinton, MA, a step-daughter, Nadine de Melo and her husband
Antonio of Tiverton, RI, a sister, Bertha Brailey Given of Mooresville, NC, eleven grandchildren, Mathew,
Justin, Mackenzie, Ryan, Christopher, Stephanie, Sarah, Rachel, Amanda, Katie and Hannah, and eight
great-grandchildren, AvaLeigh, Isla, Mileah, Zoë, Raeden,Albie, Ronnie and Bobby.
In addition, several nieces and a nephew that were always close to his heart.
Bill is also survived by an ex-spouse and friend, Donna Lewis-Nannini.
A private graveside service will be held.
Information/On-Line condolences please visit- www.wjsmithfh.com
Arrangements are by Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd., Warren.
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Family of Mr.Bradley, We are so sorry for your lost Scott and families. We have very fond memories of Donna, Bill and Scott. They were wonderful neighbors! Love always, the fontanas and cottas
Dear Biill, We had many happy memories and remained close even to the end. I am grateful for the past several years and thank you for making trips into Newport to see PJ and Auntie Dottie. You were always there for others and I am proud that our children and myself were there for you throughout this time. You will be remembered with much love and tenderness. Love You More! Donna
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