William Brayer
William Brayer

Obituary of William L. Brayer

William L. (Bill) Brayer, a longtime resident of Edmonds, WA, passed away on January 31, 2022, just short of his 89th birthday. He is survived by his loving wife Carol, 5 children, Lyneen, Douglas, Jeffrey, Janelle & Darrell, 10 grandchildren & 4 great-grandchildren. He is also predeceased by a son Kenneth. Bill was born on March 7, 1933, in Hollywood, CA, the youngest of 7 children. Shortly after birth, his family moved to Phoenix, AZ where he spent his formative years before enlisting in the Navy. His Naval experience was short-lived when, while stationed in Bremerton, WA, he was forced to take an honorable discharge due to health reasons. He then decided to remain in the State of Washington. It has been said that Bill was “bigger than life,” with his positive attitude & gift of gab. He could strike up a conversation with a perfect stranger & walk away with a new friend. His most redeeming quality was his ability to see only the good in people. This is well documented by the multiple legacies he left behind. Bill was a salesman extraordinaire & it didn’t matter what he was selling if he believed in it. He began & continued his sales career in reprographics until the birth of micrographics, rapidly becoming well known as a pioneer of the fledgling industry. Ultimately, he opened his own micrographics facility, first in Spokane, then in Redmond, WA, operating a successful business until age 65 when his ongoing fight with Multiple Sclerosis was beginning to take its toll. He finally sold the business in 1998 but was not content to lay back & do nothing. Hence the birth of his second career & ultimate legacy, “MS Helping Hands” & the “MSHH Donor Closet,” that began in the garage of his home & rapidly expanded to a large warehouse in the Edmonds Bowl. His legacy has continued after his second health-related retirement with the addition of 2 more facilities within the state as well as an outreach financial aid program for qualified MS recipients throughout several states. Bill championed the MS cause from shore to shore between his beloved MS Helping Hands, his close relationship with the National MS Society & his ambassadorship for the MS Assn. (MSA) in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He soon became well known in the Edmonds community & received the honor of Kiwanis Citizen of the Year in 2013, one of numerous awards earned throughout the years for his selfless contributions to society. On a personal level, Bill was an avid sports fan with football as his favorite, loved the outdoors including camping, fishing, & boating, & was always working on plans for the next fun camping trip. His business career as well as his MS involvement provided travel opportunities for him and Carol including an Alaskan cruise where he received an “Outreach Leadership Award” from MSA. Bill was known by many as the “Energizer Bunny,” as he battled a myriad of serious health issues, ultimately emerging victorious from each much to everyone’s amazement. What was his secret? Most likely it was a combination of his strong Christian faith, his positive attitude, & his undying love for his wife & family. He was a constant in this ever-changing world & the sunshine in the lives of all who knew him!! He will be so missed!! Rest in Peace, Bill. Funeral service at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Edmonds WA., 2/10/22, 11:00 a.m. followed by Interment at Holyrood Cemetery, 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to MSHH Donor Closet, Edmonds, WA
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Funeral Mass

2/10/2022 11:00 AM | HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC CHURCH - 630 - 7th Avenue N, Edmonds WA 98020


2/10/2022 12:30 PM | HOLYROOD CATHOLIC CEMETERY - 205 NE 205th, Shoreline WA 98155
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