Arthur R. Braccio

Arthur R. Braccio, 89, formerly of Fredonia Place, died Wednesday evening (Feb. 13, 2013) at the Absolut at Dunkirk.

He was born May 25, 1923 in Clyde, NY, the son of the late Fred and Tina (Janto) Braccio.

A graduate of Clyde High School, Mr. Braccio also attended the Western Pennsylvania Horological Institute for Watchmaking in 1948.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was the recipient of a Purple Heart after being seriously wounded in action on July 2, 1944 in Burma. He also was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and one battle star.

He was the former owner of Raymonds Jewelers in Fredonia, which he operated from 1952 to 1974.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Rosine (Leone) Braccio; two daughters, Arlene (Dan) Polowy of Dunkirk and Janice (George) McManus of New York City; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Vivian Braccio.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass which will be celebrated Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Braccio’s memory may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belford Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Arrangements are by the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home.