KENSINGTON - Lawrence Brautigam, 92, formerly of Kensington, Connecticut, died on January 5, 2016, at the Jerome Home in New Britain, Connecticut. Born on December 17, 1923 in Elmira, New York, Larry grew up in South Hadley, Massachusetts. After serving in the 245th Engineer Combat Battalion of the XX Corps, US Third Army during World War II, he earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1947. After many years at The Stanley Works in New Britain and Diversified Packaging in Kensington, he retired from Bendix Corporation in Cheshire.
A resident of Kensington for over 50 years, Larry was an avid and accomplished photographer and woodworker, a long-time member of the New Britain Camera Club, and a founding and long-time member and former Board member of the New Britain Industrial Museum. He was also an active member of the Y’s Men of Meriden. Perhaps his greatest pride was the success of his work with Citizens for Election Reform to secure, in 2005, campaign finance reform legislation in the state of Connecticut; for these efforts, he and his colleagues were awarded an Official Citation by the Connecticut General Assembly.
Larry was predeceased in 2009 by his wife of 56 years, Frances R. Brautigam, and is survived by his three children, son Lawrence, Jr., of Dallas, Texas; son Peter and his wife Robin, of Berlin; and daughter Amie, of Wilmette, Illinois; three grandchildren, Melissa Brautigam, of Palmyra, Maine, and Jasper and Zoë Thomsen, of Wilmette, Illinois; a brother, Hugh “Mike“ Brautigam, of Cromwell; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held at Porter‘s Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Berlin, on Saturday, January 16, 2016, from 10am-12noon. A prayer service by The Rev. Mark Pilletere of Berlin Congregational Church will take place at 11:30am. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to the New Britain Industrial Museum (www.nbindustrial.org) or 185 Main St., New Britain, CT 06051) or the Meriden YMCA, 110 West Main St., Meriden, CT 06451.