Clarence L. “Pete” Brace Jr., age 88, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Rutland (Vt.) Regional Medical Center surrounded by family.
Clarence was born on Sept. 28, 1921, in Comstock, the son of Clarence and Flora (Warner) Brace.
He grew up in Wells, Vt., where his parents owned and operated Brace’s Garage, and attended schools in both Wells and Granville.
After moving to Connecticut, Clarence met Marian Schmidt of Warner, Va. They were married on June 6, 1953, in Hudson Falls and then moved to Wells to raise their family.
Clarence was a carpenter by trade, working for Ted Pafundi and M&J Service. He retired after being employed by Luxury Homes in Castleton, Vt., for more than 30 years, but kept busy working on cars and bicycles as a hobby.
He was a past member of many organizations including the Free Masons, the Shriners and the Wells Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a longtime member of the Modern Woodmen of America where he recently received his 50-year pin. During most of those years he took great pride in helping set up the annual MWA Carnival in Wells, and dedicated untold hours in the food booth cooking hot dogs.
He was predeceased by his parents, his three brothers, Francis, Calvin and Walter, and his sister, Catherine.
Clarence is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marian, currently residing at Indian River Rehabilitation Health Center; his son Mark and his wife, Patricia, of Wells; a daughter, Cathy A. Wade and her companion, Bruce Wilson, of Fort Ann; grandsons Brian Brace and his wife, Shannon, of Naples, Fla., and David Rathbun and his wife, Liz, of Whitehall; granddaughters Gretchen Stranahan and her husband, John, of Queensbury and Alicia Davis and her husband, Todd, of Fort Ann; seven great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.
Friends may call on Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Robert M King Funeral Home,23 Church St.
, Granville. A reception will follow calling hours at the Modern Woodmen of America building in Wells. Burial will be in Wells Cemetery in the spring.