Norman R. Brahm
March 22, 1945 – May 26, 2021
Highland Falls, NY
Norman Roland Brahm passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, after a long illness. He was born in Yonkers, NY on March 22, 1945. He was 76 years old. Norman lived in Garnerville, NY all of his young life with his parents, Ida Mae Jones Brahm and John R. Brahm, and his sister Dianne.
Norman was a graduate of Haverstraw High School and received his bachelor's degree in Education from Dominican College in Sparkill. He furthered his education by finishing a master's degree in Social Policy from SUNY Empire College. He also received a Certificate in Gerontology from Adelphi University, and finished a course in Professional Photography from the New York Institute of Photography.
Norman taught himself to play the guitar and soon became an accomplished vocalist with a tremendous love for folk music. He was an active member of the local chapter of the Hudson Valley Folk Guild. All of his life Norman was a student of theology and loved his Episcopal Church dearly, participating as Sunday School teacher, bass in the choir, and vestry member. He was employed by the State of New York, primarily at Letchworth Village for over thirty years, where he brought joy, comfort, and compassion to so many disabled adults. Norman never met a resident he could not touch in some way; his music was personal to each one, and he was able to reach those who could not communicate with the world very well at all. This was the main focus of his work as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. He retired in 2000 and spent his retirement years enjoying writing music, poetry, fishing, taking photographs, studying archaeology and astronomy, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Norman's other great achievement was the creation of several original songs surrounding the history of the former hamlets of the Ramapo Mountains. The Palisades Interstate Park Commission produced his CD "Fire in the Ramapos" in 1998. He also wrote and published other songs about the local area, including "A Ballad of Fort Montgomery", and "Roll on Mighty Hudson", which was chosen as the winner of a contest sponsored by the State DEC as the song to pay tribute to the Hudson River. He produced many songs and poems during his lifetime
Norman married his wife Suzanne Burgert in June of 1970. He was especially proud of his three sons and talked about them all the time. They survive him: Paul, his wife Kelly, and their two children Madeline and Tristan; Nathan and his fiancé Karen; and Anthony, his wife Doan, and their daughter Anastasia. Norman is also survived by his beloved sister Dianne Moore of Maybrook, NY, and by several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at William F. Hogan Funeral Home, 135 Main Street, Highland Falls, NY 10928. Cremation will take place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope, NY. A Memorial Mass and inurnment of ashes into the columbarium will take place on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 3 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church in the Wilderness, 119 St. John's Road, Stony Point, NY (next to Lake Welch). Fellowship will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Norman's memory to the Food Pantry of the Church of the Holy Innocents in Highland Falls, or to St. John's Episcopal Church in the Wilderness, 119 St. John's Road, P.O. Box 641, Stony Point, NY 10980.