Joseph Braden Sr., 95, liquor wholesaler

July 25, 2006

Joseph M. Braden Sr., a retired wholesale liquor salesman and avid golfer, died of heart failure Thursday at Candlelight Cove, an Easton assisted-living facility. He was 95.

Mr. Braden was born in Baltimore and raised on Windsor Avenue. He attended Polytechnic Institute, and after the repeal of Prohibition went to work in 1934 as a salesman for McCarthy-Hicks, a Baltimore liquor distributorship. He retired in 1976.

During World War II, he served in the merchant marine aboard ships transporting war materiel to Allied forces in Europe.

Mr. Braden, who had lived in Northwood and Cedarcroft before moving to Easton in 1980, enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the Country Club of Maryland and Talbot County Country Club.

He was also an accomplished gardener who liked raising "good old Maryland tomatoes," said his son J. Donald Braden of Centreville.

Mr. Braden had been a communicant of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Rodgers Forge.

His wife of 68 years, the former Elizabeth Corrigan, died in 2005.

Services are private.

Also surviving are another son, Joseph M. Braden Jr. of Philadelphia; a daughter, Bette Jean Heins of Pinehurst, N.C.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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