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Braniff – Clare Leone

June 27, 1938 – August 8, 2010

Clare Leone Braniff much loved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away at home after a short battle with cancer.

Clare was born in Nelson, BC. He came to Calgary at the age of six. Later he married and raised his family in Bowness for fifty-one years. He joined the Calgary Fire Department in 1959 where he spent thirty-five years doing a job he loved. He retired in the position of District Chief. Dad was a cowboy and a lover of all music. His family always came first. Clare was very involved in the Calgary Scottish community as his three children piped, danced and played the drums for many years at local and international Highland Games.

Clare will be sadly missed by his wife of fifty-one years, Kathleen; his children, Lori Griffin, Patrick Braniff (Jenny), Anne Siemaszkiewicz (Joe); grandchildren Meagan and Jack Siemaszkiewicz, Katie, Georgia and Liam Braniff. Clare leaves behind sisters Sheila Nelson, Maureen Polomark, Patricia Burns; and brother Larry Braniff (Linda); sisters-in-law, Nan Quinn, Corky Steel, Maggie Daubert, and Teasie O’Donnell; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother and father Lawrence and Connie Braniff; nephew Robbie Burns; and niece Kari Polomark.

A Celebration of Clare’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Friday, August 13, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice. Thank you to the Calgary Palliative Homecare team of nurses, nurses on Unit 91 FHH and special thanks to Dr. Linda Fong.

In living memory of Clare Braniff, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. We are saddened with the news of your loss. May the happy memories and the support of family and friends carry you through this most difficult time.
    Sincerely Lory and Jon Ross-Hill

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  2. Nancy Chmilar :

    Love and prayers to you and all of your family. I send all of my sympathy to you at this very sad time.

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  3. Linda Michailuck :

    My dearest Lori and all of the Braniff family. I am so very sorry to hear about your loss of a dear father, husband, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend. I don’t know if there is anything that prepares us for the loss of someone that we love so much. My condolences go out to you all. Lori, I do know that your Dad was always surrounded by the love of your family and friends. I do know that he touched the lives of so many people in a caring, loving way. And I do know that your hearts will always be filled with the wonderful memories of great times spent together as you celebrate his life. My heart, thoughts, prayers and hugs go to you and all of your family. May all the hugs, love and support you’ve given to others, come back to you now. Thinking of you. Lots of Love, Linda Michailuck xo

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  4. Steve & Edna Cisecki :

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
    We met Clare & Kathleen in the late 60’s.
    Please accept our deepest sympathies.

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  5. Shoppers Drug Mart #306 :

    To Lori and family, so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear loved one. You are in everyones thoughts and prayers. We are all here for you Lori, just call if we can do anything. Staff of Shoppers Drug Mart.

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  6. With sympathy to Kathleen and the Braniff Family. Although I hadn’t seen Clare for many years I often recall fond memories of him when we served together at Firehall #13 at the airport. I recall how he feared the idea of flying but still flew to San Francisco for his kids “piping”.

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  7. My Dear Pat, Jenny, Katie, Liam & Georgia,

    I just wanted to extend my sincere condolences to you and your family Pat. I was so sorry to hear of the profound loss of your father. Sending all of you a long distance hug and kiss.
    Thoughts and prayers are with all of you
    Pearl
    PS Give Liam & Georgia a huge hug and kiss for me

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  8. Evelynn (MacPherson)/Ken Kinaschuk - Surrey, BC :

    Kay, Lori, Patrick and Twink…I’m so sorry to hear about Clare. I’ll always remember the NUMEROUS parties either at your house or our house, with the LOUDEST laugh ever!!! Bless that little ….I know him and Gordie are laughing it up together. Love you guys and miss you All, you’re in our prayers. Big hugs and kisses Kay.

    Love Evie.

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  9. I am sorry to here about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with at this time.

    Dave

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  10. Kevin & Margot Milner :

    Kay and family,
    We just learned of Clare’s passing and wanted to send out condolences to you. Although, we haven’t seen you in a couple of years we have many wonderful memories of Clare’s wicked sense of humour over beers at the Legion. We also had such fun at your annual Stampede breakfast. Please accept our sympathy and know our thoughts and prayers will be with you Friday and in the coming days ahead.

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  11. Kay & Family, my deepest sympathy to you & your family. Many a beer & a laugh was had at the legion with Clare & Kay. He was a gentle man.

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  12. Randy Skimmings :

    Kay and Family:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult of times.

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  13. Dominick O'Donnell :

    Kay and family;
    Words can seldom appropriately express the loss of some someone important in our lives; especially when if it is a father, husband, uncle and family member. I was saddened to hear of your loss. Clare was a very important and influential person in my life and his memories for me will always be cherished as someone I loved as a mentor, father and friend. In our day to day lives we don’t get enough time to tell others how important they are to us I wish I had done that more often. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you now and always.

    Love Dom

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