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Gracemary Fairbanks

Gracemary Branon Fairbanks

Wednesday, October 16th, 1946 - Saturday, November 14th, 2020
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Gracemary Branon Fairbanks, 74, died on November 14, 2020 with her two children at her side. She told them she was sad to leave, but she was not scared. Gracemary was born on October 16, 1946 in Rutland, VT to Mary Mulcahy and William Branon. She was the eldest daughter among her parents’ eight children. The family moved to Plattsburgh, NY in 1952 where they were members of Saint John’s Church. Gracemary graduated from Saint John’s Academy in 1964 and went on to graduate from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY with a degree in English. After college, Gracemary became a social worker in New York City. She left New York in her 30s and settled in New Hampshire to start a family and begin a new career as a technical writer at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), a leader in the emerging computer industry. Gracemary subsequently held roles at Compaq following its acquisition of DEC and finally at Hewlett Packard upon its merger with Compaq. Gracemary had one son, Brendan, and one daughter, Ashleigh. She was a loving and hard-charging mother and instilled her tireless work ethic in her children. In recent years, Gracemary moved to Chelmsford, MA to be with her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren. Her grandchildren started calling her “Gigi,” which was quickly widely adopted among her family and friends. Gracemary is survived by her two children, Brendan Fairbanks and Ashleigh (Justin) Whitehouse; two grandchildren, Branon and Finleigh; two brothers, William (Stephanie) Branon and Terrance (Michele) Branon; two sisters Roseanne (Corky) Corrado and Kathleen (Keith) Stark; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Gracemary was predeceased by her parents, William Barry Branon and Mary Mulcahy Branon; and three brothers, Martin Mulcahy Branon, Kevin Barry Branon, and Michael Francis Branon. Calling hours will be held on Thursday November 19, 2020 from 3-6pm and on Friday November 20, 2020 from 9:00 to 10:30am at the Brown Funeral Home in Plattsburgh. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am at St. John’s Church in Plattsburgh, burial will follow in Mount Carmel Cemetery. Gracemary loved New York City’s Central Park and in her honor, her family and friends will be dedicating a Central Park bench to her through the Central Park Conservancy’s Adopt-A-Bench program. Should you wish to remember her in this way, you may send a donation at https://everloved.com/life-of/gracemary-fairbanks/. Arrangements are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home. 29 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901 (518) 561-3980. Online condolences may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 19th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Thursday, November 19th, 2020 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Brown Funeral Home, Plattsburgh
    Address
    29 Broad Street
    PLATTSBURGH, NY 12901
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, November 20th, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:30am
    When
    Friday, November 20th, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
    Location
    Brown Funeral Home, Plattsburgh
    Address
    29 Broad Street
    PLATTSBURGH, NY 12901
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  • Service

    Friday, November 20th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, November 20th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
    Address
    7 Margaret Street
    PLATTSBURGH, NY 12901
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  • Interment

    Location
    Mount Carmel Cemetery
    Address
    South Catherine St.
    PLATTSBURGH, NY 12901
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Catherine Branon

Posted at 11:20am
Dear Branon Fam,

The beauty of Central Park is admired by everyone around the World. What an accomplishment in one’s life to be remembered in the perfect place to carry on a conversation. I never knew Gracie well, nor did I know how much she loved the big Apple. She lived in the city during the wild days of Manhattan. I imagine that she had a lot of fun!

My bet is that there will be a lot of good karma around that bench. One day, Mo and I hope to find it. A great place to tell a few stories. Everyone in the Branon Family knows that life is all about the stories, and if you have got good ones, it is a gift of immortality.

My best to all of you Kathy and big hugs to Terry.

Love, Cathy and Mo / New York City
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Patricia & Steve

Posted at 07:11am
Love and prayers to everyone!
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Posted at 07:03pm
Mom, You will be in our hearts forever!
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Carolyn Leach

Posted at 01:14pm
I met Gracemary when we were in the same technical writing group at DEC. I was impressed by her technical skills and knowledge of the trade. What started as a professional relationship quickly grew into a lasting friendship. I especially remember when Gracemary volunteered to drive me to a stressful doctor’s appointment I had in Boston. With her winning smile and resolve, she provided the support I needed to maintain an upbeat attitude. Later, after I had recovered, I looked forward to the dinners Gracemary and I would share at local restaurants here in New Hampshire, and the entertaining discussions that ensued.
I will miss Gracemary and her friendship.

Carolyn Leach
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Posted at 11:53am
Remembering with fondness, Gracies Xmas parties and hospitality. With deep sympathy to Terry, Michele, Kathy, Keith, Ashleigh, Brendan and families.
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