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Alice Brandon

Alice V. Brandon (Gorman)

Jun 11, 1927 - Feb 26, 2020
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Alice Gorman Brandon passed away surrounded by her family, at home, in Brewster NY on February 26, 2020.
Alice was born, at home, in Queens Village, NY to George and Alice {Gordon} Gorman. She grew up there with her 5 brothers, playing in alley Pond Park, competing in PAL athletics, and excelling as a student. Her academic achievements earned her scholarship to St. Joseph’s College, where she met her lifelong best friend, Katharine Driscoll Reggio. She also continued with her athletics, competing nationally as a world class athlete in track and field. She ran with the fastest relay team in the country, in the 1948 Olympic trials.
Throughout her life she continued with her athletics competing in senior Olympics. Her family had started visiting Tonetta Lake in the 1940’s, and in 1949 she met the love of her life, Bernard Brandon. They married in 1950 at Our Lady of Lourdes, and started a lifelong legacy of love generosity and kindness. Barney predeceased her in 2008. They raised their 6 daughters in Brewster, NY
Alice was very active in St Lawrence O’Toole Church, as an Ecumenical Minister, and parishioner.she was a member of the Catholic Daughter's and one of her most special moments in life was getting Holy Communion from Pope John Paul at Yankee Stadium. She was also active in political and environmental causes. She and Barney loved to travel and made annual trips from Brewster to Jekyll Island and visited friends and family along the way. They travelled with the St. Lawrence Globetrotters, and the Emerald Society. Alice worked as a teacher for many years, then after “retirement”, went to work for the Department of Social Services until her true retirement at 85. She had a lifelong love of gardening and nature. In recent years she loved her walks along the bike path and at Muscoot Farm. Every child and grandchild remembers catching fire flies, frogs or salamanders to show her and getting a big thumbs up!
Alice was kind and generous. There was always a place at the table for friends and family who all knew that they had an ear to listen to them, and a space to lay their head. “You are always welcome to stay here.”
Alice was a champion- a champion in life, for her kindness and compassion, a champion teacher, environmentalist, a champion for her beloved Brewster, and a champion to all of her 6 children 14 grandchildren and 11 great grand children.
Alice was predeceased by her husband Bernard, her parents, Alice and George Gorman, her Brother’s George and J Kenneth., and her sisters in law Constance, Sophia, and Jeaninne. She is survived by her six daughters, Kathleen, Alice {David Quattrocchi}, Constance {Emerson Phillips}, Anne, Theresa {John Simao}, and Bernadette. She is also survived by her Brothers, Robert, Thomas, and Francis {Pati}, and sister’s in laws Elizabeth, Constance, and Maria. 14 Grand children, 11 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces’ nephews and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday February 29, 2020 at 11am at St. Lawrence O’ Toole Church, Prospect St., Brewster, NY. Interment will be private. Friends and family may visit Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster, NY on Friday February 28, 2020 from 4pm-8pm.
In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Alice may be made to St. Lawrence O’ Toole Church, 31 Prospect Street, Brewster, NY, 10509.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday February 28, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Beecher Funeral Home
    Address
    1 Putnam Avenue
    BREWSTER, NY 10509
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  • Service

    Saturday February 29, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday February 29, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. Lawrence O'Toole Church
    Address
    31 Prospect Street
    BREWSTER, NY 10509
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Richard Gill
  • Interment

    Location
    Private
    Address
    Private

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Robert Trombetta

Posted at 04:59pm
A truly wonderful women whose experiences represent a life lived to the fullest. Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Brandan clan, may she Rest In Peace.
KC

Kathleen Korn Crohn

Posted at 12:01pm
I remember Mrs. Brandon with extreme gratitude. The Brandon home was always an exciting place to visit, with 6 girls to emulate, learn from, and tease. I have so many cherished childhood memories. Connie and I became friends way back in first grade and I remember Mrs. Brandon was always interested in everyone who came over. She inspired us to learn about the entire world. She cheered us on when we got involved in something. She encouraged us to take advantage of classes offered, even if the class was only remotely interesting. I still remember pointers from the self defense karate class she suggested we take. Unbeknownst to me at the time, many of the lessons Mrs. Brandon taught would influence me my whole life. I'm sending a special hug to Connie and heartfelt condolences to the whole family. Thank you Mrs. Brandon. Sincerely, Kathy Korn

Darrus Moine

Posted at 05:07pm
All my prayers and love to the family. She always made everyone feel so welcomed as we were growing up. I am so grateful to have known such a wonderful woman. Darrie Piazza Moine
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Janelle Cleary

Posted at 12:11am
My deepest sympathy to Alice Jr and the entire family. I remember Alice Sr well from my days at Putnam DSS. She was always there with a joyful greeting, a warm & welcome smile & a positive word. She was the epitome of elegance and grace, a woman whose legacy will live long,, and I am happy to have known her. May your memories sustain you through these difficult days, and may Alice’s memory be for a blessing.
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NANCY MCPARTLAND

Posted at 10:35am
My deepest sympathy to Alice Jr and family. Young Alice often laughed that myself & her Mom used to sing out spontaneously—especially at the copying machine! Lol She thought it might have had something to do with the fact that we shared the same birthday! Maybe so. Alice was always an inspiration to me. She was a woman of action competence and compassion. She was a living statement as to how much one can accomplish and contribute in our Senior years. RIP my Friend.
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