WARREN, Ohio – Jeffrey Thomas Braden, 69, passed away at home Saturday, July 22, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) surrounded by his loving family.
Jeffrey was born on July 25, 1947, in Greenville, Pennsylvania to George and Stella Rose Braden.
Jeffrey spent most of his life in Newton Falls and most recently Warren and winters in their home in Naples, Florida.
Jeff was a graduate of Newton Falls High School. He earned an associate degree from Youngstown State University and a degree from NPAM as a Certified Purchasing Manager.
Jeffrey served in the U.S. Army from 1965-1967 and was honorably discharged.
He was employed at Sajar Plastics for many years and retired after 40 years from Venture Plastics as Materials Manager.
Jeff was an amazing athlete and enjoyed golf, bowling and baseball. He achieved four hole-in-ones, three 300 series and two 299 games while bowling which few people knew as he was a humble man. He played for Newton Falls Merchants ASA District Slo-Pitch Baseball team that earned championships in 1971, ’72 and ’73.
Jeff was an avid Cleveland Browns and Indians fan.
He was a kind, generous and encouraging person to everyone he met and was very proud of his family. He had an infectious smile and a great sense of humor. To Jeff every day was Friday, 75 degrees and sunny. As his illness progressed he never complained and expressed, as he could, love and thanks to his family.
Jeffrey was the beloved husband of Susan Braden whom he married August 27, 1982.
He was the proud father of Renee (David) Hilditch of Erie, Pennsylvania and Nicole (Shawn) Merz of Grove City, Ohio. He was “Papa Jeff” to his five grandchildren, Braden, Brett, Lexi, Zachary and Mitchel.
He leaves two brothers, Allen (Mary Jo) Braden of Cortland and Thomas Braden of Warren and a sister, Starla (Todd) Gibson of Lordstown.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Clark; father-in-law, Edward and sister-in-law, Marion Groff.
There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place.
All friends and family are invited to attend a memorial funeral Mass to be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, 3020 Reeves Road NE, Warren, Ohio at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
Immediately following Mass, a Celebration of Jeffrey’s Life will be held at Avalon Golf and Country Club, 9519 E Market Street, Warren, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jeff’s name may be made to Dr. Stephen Selkirk, Spinal Cord Injury Center, 10701 E Boulevard, Room 6A-117, Attn: Fran McClellan, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. Make checks payable to the “The ALS Clinic” or to ALS Northeastern Ohio Chapter, 6155 Rockside Road, Suite 403, Independence, Ohio 44131 or be made online at webnoh.alsa.org.
The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Spinal Cord Injury, Dr. Stephen Selkirk and his entire staff for the outstanding care they provided to Jeff throughout his journey.
Family and friends may visit Peter Rossi and Son Memorial Chapel to send condolences to the Braden family.