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Lawrence Brackley

Lawrence C. "Larry" Brackley

Tuesday, January 18th, 1927 - Monday, December 30th, 2019
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Obituary

Lawrence C. Brackley of Kennebunk, Maine passed away peacefully on December 30, 2019 at Avita of Wells where he had enjoyed living for the last year.

Best known as Larry, he was born in Farmington, Maine on January 18, 1927, the son of Clyde M. and Sarah E. (Stanley) Brackley. A World War II veteran, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January of his senior year in high school. He completed courses with the Navy and returned on leave to graduate with the Class of 1945 from Farmington High School. He served aboard USS Honolulu and achieved the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class. Following his military service, he earned a degree in business administration and secretarial science from Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

As a young boy in grade school, Larry began his business career distributing the Portland Press Herald in a daily newspaper route. For outstanding sales achievement with the newspaper, he was awarded a trip to Washington, DC by the Guy Gannett Publishing Company.

Larry enjoyed a 35-year career in banking working first at the Franklin County Savings Bank in Farmington and Worcester County Institution for Savings in Worcester. Most of his career however was spent at Ocean National Bank in Kennebunk where he served as senior vice president and retired after 25 years of distinguished and dedicated service. Under his thoughtful leadership, Ocean National Bank opened its first branch office, located in Kennebunkport, and became one of the first banks in southern Maine to offer credit cards, statement savings accounts and automated teller machines. In 2002, he was one of eight founding members of Rivergreen Bank headquartered in Kennebunk.

Following his retirement, Larry was a very active community member. He served as interim town manager of Kennebunk, substitute teacher at Kennebunk High School, and volunteer business manager and treasurer of Kennebunk Christian Academy. He provided financial and estate management services to numerous clients and owned and operated Coastal Security Company which assisted in providing security for President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush. He held a lifetime appointment as a Dedimus Justice in the state of Maine, and for 20 years was a highly regarded officiant at non-denominational traditional weddings in southern and central Maine, marrying more than 300 happy couples.

For many years, Larry was a dedicated and very active parishioner at Sea Road Church in Kennebunk. He was a 69-year member of Maine Lodge, No. 20, A.F. & A.M. in East Wilton, and a proud member of Pilgrim Commandery, Knights Templar, in Wilton. He was a member of the Maine Wedding Association and Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Chamber of Commerce, and past president of the Ocean Park Association. He was a director of the Webber Hospital Association and Brick Store Museum, and a founding director of the Kennebunk Youth Center where he chaperoned dances every Friday night. He was a member of the Kennebunk Reserve Police Association and for many years served on several town boards and committees.

Larry’s life-long interest in music began when he started taking clarinet lessons in the fourth grade. He played in the school band and orchestra, and in 1972, along with his children, was a founding director of the Ocean Park Band which has led that summer community’s 4th of July parade each year since.

Larry and his wife Marjorie J. (Quimby) were married in 1955 and lived for a short time in Worcester before settling and raising their family in Kennebunk. They enjoyed 56 years of marriage before her passing in 2012.

Larry was deeply devoted to his wife, family and friends. He was predeceased by his loving wife, his parents, his sister and brother-in-law Jean E. and Donald J. Parlin, and his son-in-law Hanson D. Pickerl.

Survivors include his children Margo B. Pickerl of Naperville, Illinois; Melissa B. Robinson and her husband Alan of Kittery; and John A. Brackley of Kennebunk. Also his grandchildren Daniel L. Pickerl of Naperville; Kimberly J. Pickerl of Peoria, Illinois; and Matthew A. Robinson and Peter A. Robinson of Kittery. He also leaves several close friends and associates.

A memorial service and celebration of Larry’s life will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Sea Road Church, 140 Sea Road in Kennebunk.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial donations to the Brick Store Museum, 117 Main Street, Kennebunk, or Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street, Kennebunk.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Sea Road Christian Church
    Address
    140 Sea Rd.
    KENNEBUNK, ME 04043
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    Officiant
    Pastor Paul Gant
  • Interment

    Location
    Hope Cemetery
    Address
    PO Box 211, Portland Road
    KENNEBUNK, ME 04043
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    Notes
    Interment will be held in the spring with Military Honors.

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Lori Minor

Posted at 12:56pm
Larry will always have a special place in my heart!! He was an inspiration to me and many others with his determination to keep on .... no matter what he was up against! He had a beautiful smile and a great sense is humor ! ♥️ I’m so thankful God out Larry in my path!! My love to all his family!!! Lori Minor
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Posted at 06:50am
What a wonderful life your father lived, Margo, Melissa and John. I'm praying for comfort for all of you at this sad time.
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Alayna Laprel

Posted at 03:11am
Dear John, Melissa and Margo...I am saddened to hear of your dad's passing. I have many fond memories of your dad, starting with his hiring me at Ocean Nat'l, which began my 38 yr career with the bank. He was so proud of the three of you, and always had a huge smile when he spoke of your mom. After his retirement, it was a pleasure to run into him around town, and know he was still doing so many things that he enjoyed. He will be missed, and remembered well, by so many folks in this community. Healing thoughts and prayers to you and your families.....
Alayna Laprel
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Anne Jordan

Posted at 08:25am
Melissa- i am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was a good and honorable man-a wonderful example of the Greatest generation. Peace to you, Margo, John and your family.
Anne Harrison Jordan

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