John W. Brawner Jr., 71, Baltimore police officer

May 14, 2002

John W. Brawner Jr., a retired Baltimore police officer, died of a heart attack Thursday at his Glen Burnie home. He was 71.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Hampden, Mr. Brawner left school in the eighth grade to help support his family.

He served in the Air Force from 1948 to 1950, then joined the Police Department. He was a lieutenant at his retirement in 1973, assigned to Southeastern District.

From 1974 until retiring again in 1984, Mr. Brawner was an instructor at Motor Vehicle Administration headquarters in Glen Burnie.

He was a member of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3, and a communicant of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Glen Burnie.

His wife of a half-century, E. Jean Mason, died last year.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mr. Brawner's residence, 1549 Hodges Ave.

Mr. Brawner's survivors include a son, J. William Brawner III of Glen Burnie; two daughters, Patricia Kinlein of Annapolis and Sherry Copeland of Erie, Pa.; four brothers, Frank "Butch" Brawner of Bel Air, and Charles Brawner, Norman Brawner and Bernard Brawner, all of Hampden; a sister, Gloria Harvey of Hampden; and nine grandchildren.

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