Irving C. Brainerd, 87, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Bolster Heights Healthcare in Auburn, Maine, where he has resided for the past 16 months.
Born in Clinton, Maine March 29, 1927, he was the son of George and Mary Ellen Rubery Brainerd. He graduated from EL High School in the class of 1944 and received his bachelor's degree in music from the University of Maine at Farmington. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was a member of the United Baptist Church in Lewiston, Maine and was married to the former June F. Gillis, who died July 13, 2013.
Irving worked 40 years in the printing agency for the federal government in Washington, D.C. He played first trombone for 41 years in the Washington Red Skin Band and 30 years in the Police Marching Band. He lived in Silver Spring, Md. and retired to Rehoboth Beach in 1984.
He enjoyed sports, music, walking the boardwalk and travel later in his retirement which included several cruises throughout the US and abroad. He was an active member of the Masons and the Kora Shrine.
Irving will be remembered for his humor and his willingness to help and look after others. He was always there to help his neighbors.
He is survived by his sisters-in-law Ina Brainerd, Millie Brainerd and Margaret Zaniboni; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also predeceased by his sisters Mary Ellen Biatek and Audrey Gould; and his brothers Robert, George and Milton Brainerd.
The family wishes to thank Lucy Sturmfelz, a dear friend of the family, for her devotion to Irv while residing in Delaware, as well as the entire staff of Bolster Heights Health Care for the excellent care of both Irving and June during their stay.
Graveside services were held Saturday, Aug. 30, at Garcelon Cementary Ferry Road in Lewiston.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriner’s Children's Hospital, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104.
Online condolences are at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.