Bangor - Norman H. Braley, died quietly at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor on September 5, 2013 after spending two weeks surrounded by many people who loved him. He was born in Greenville, August 20, 1941, the son of Frances A. Blais. \n\nHe recently celebrated his 72nd birthday at Camp CaPella where he was honored by many friends.\n\nDuring his courageous life journey, Norman accomplished many milestones against incredible odds. He was married, purchased a home, was employed by Bangor Abatement at the time of his death, was a loyal church member and traveled across the country twice.\n\nHe was a volunteer at the Bangor House, the Salvation Army, the OHI Board of Directors, the Greater Bangor Shelter, The American Folk Festival and was a past member of Speaking Up for Us.\n\nThree of his most exciting times were when he flew with his wife, Edith, and friend, Bonnie-Jean Brooks to Washington D.C. to visit the Capitol and in 1998 with his friend, Bonnie, to Anchorage, Alaska to represent Maine in an International Self-Advocacy Conference. More recently he and Bonnie set out on a cross-country Amtrak adventure from Portland, Maine to San Diego, California to speak at a national conference and to do genealogical research.\n\nNorman was pre-deceased by his mother, Frances; his wife Edith Rackliff Braley; his grandparents, Ralph and Sylvia Stevens, and his aunt, Bernice Clark, as well as many colleagues at OHI. \n\nHe leaves a legacy behind at OHI where he was known as a man of great persuasion, wit, compassion and self-advocate extraordinaire. His sheer will and determination were inspirational to his friends and his OHI family. He taught them all about the spirit of independence, community inclusion, fortitude, and kindness.\nMany people loved Norman but his best friend, John Rumney, greatest supporter, Wendy Tyler, and friend, Audrine Bunker, are to be especially praised for their unique relationship with this inimitable soul! He taught his friend, Bonnie, how to be a better CEO at OHI during their 32 years together. \n\nOHI and Norman would like to thank the staff of the CCU at St. Joseph Hospital for their gentle and loving care of this man. He taught them as he has so many others.\n\nNorman would like to invite his friends to wear his favorite color, RED, and to join together at the Columbia Street Baptist Church to celebrate his life on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 11:00 am. \n\nIn lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "The Norman Braley Self-Advocacy Fund" c/o OHI, 25 Freedom Parkway, Hermon, Maine 04401. \n\nArrangements by Crosby & Neal, Guilford.