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David Braun, 81, Ridgefield Chemical Engineer

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – David Bernard Braun of Ridgefield died Sunday, Sept. 9, at Danbury Hospital. He was 81.

Braun was born Nov. 29, 1930, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Clara and Bernard Braun. He attended Christian Brothers Academy and graduated from the University of Buffalo. He worked as a chemical engineer for the Union Carbide Corporation for 35.

Upon retirement, he worked for the R.T. Vanderbilt Corporation in Norwalk for another 15 years. Braun acquired several chemical patents during his career and was considered an expert in the field of polymers. He was also a published author, producing several chemical reference guides.

He and his wife, the late Lorraine Cleary Braun, lived in Ridgefield from 1972 until they retired to Harwich Port, Mass., on Cape Cod in 1996. While living in Cape Cod, Braun enjoyed woodworking, playing bridge. He was a master gardener and furniture upholsterer.

Braun served on the boards of the Harwich Port Library and the Council on Aging. He was also an active member of the Harwich Port Barber Shop Quartet organization, winning "Barber Shopper of the Year" in 2006.  He was also an avid collector of classic movies.

He moved to Ridgefield Crossings Assisted Living in 2010 and was vice president of the residents association.

Braun is survived by three daughters, Dianne Braun (Paul) Hanley, of Ridgefield, Katherine Braun (Lee) Lasberg, of Ridgefield, and Laura Braun (Tom) Hellstern, of Herndon, Va.; a son, David Michael (Derrie) Braun, of North Attleboro, Mass.; and 10 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at noon Saturday at St. Mary Church in Ridgefield. There will be no calling hours. Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

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