Henry Peter Braen

Henry Peter Braen (Pete), 78, died unexpectedly at his home in Mont Vernon on the morning of Jan. 17, 2014. He was born to the late Christian and Anna (Zylstra) Braen, May 7, 1935, in Paterson, NJ.

Peter earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from Fairleigh-Dickerson University.

He worked for several companies as an engineer and in engineering management in advanced development. His expertise was in the field of paper handling for peripheral print options. He was known internationally and held several patents in the field.

After taking early retirement, Peter used his formidable business and organizing skills to help others. He dedicated much time as an advocate for children, volunteering for CASA of NH, for the past nine years. He especially enjoyed being bookkeeper and business mentor for Alane Hartley and Russell Braen in their businesses. He had also served as a member of the Mont Vernon Conservation Commission and was currently serving as an elected member as a Keeper of the Check List.

He greatly valued his Tuesday morning men’s breakfast group, the Souhegan Valley Chorus and his book club. Peter also enjoyed playing contract bridge. He was an avid traveler, including far flung destinations as India, Turkey, New Zealand and the Easter Islands.

He was a founding member of the Uniting Church of Christ in Amherst. He wore many hats over the years but, especially enjoyed the fellowship.

Peter is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jeanne (Gruesbeck); daughter, Christine Braen Futia, Skokie, IL; son, Russell and Alane Hartley, Easthampton, Ma.; four grandchildren, Terren Braen, Leo Futia, Anne Futia, Peter Futia; and great-grandson, Miles Braen.

A celebration of Peter’s life will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2014, and 2 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Milford, NH. The address is 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford, NH. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in Peter’s name to Casa of NH, www.casanh.org or 44 Walnut Street, Manchester, NH 03055.