Richard P. Bran­son

UNION OF­FI­CIAL

The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — Adam Bern­stein

Richard P. Bran­son, 70, a re­tired top of­fi­cial with the Sheet Metal Work­ers In­ter­na­tional of Amer­ica, died Dec. 17 at Ge­orge­town Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal. He had prostate can­cer.

Mr. Bran­son, a District res­i­dent, spent his early adult­hood in a monastery be­fore be­com­ing a pip­efit­ter. He joined the union in the 1970s and be­came a re­gional gen­eral chair­man. He re­tired in 2005 as a union rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

For the past sev­eral years, he co-owned Brana­han Tours, a com­pany that spe­cial­ized in vis­its to Ire­land.

Richard Pa­trick Bran­son, the youngest of 13 chil­dren, was born in Washington and grad­u­ated from a Catholic high school in Bal­ti­more.

In 1960, he joined the Crosiers, a Catholic re­li­gious or­der, and spent 13 years as Brother Matthias at a monastery in Ne­braska. Af­ter a visit with fam­ily, he left the monastery, re­turned to Washington and mar­ried.

He was a mem­ber of St. Do­minic Catholic Church in Washington and the Knights of Colum­bus. He did vol­un­teer work at the church and Wal­ter Reed Army Med­i­cal Cen­ter. The Arch­dio­cese ofWash­ing­ton hon­ored Mr. Bran­son for his char­i­ta­ble work.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 37 years, Elysia Ryan Bran­son of Washington; three chil­dren, Justin M. Bran­son of Washington, Joshua R. Bran­son of Aldie and Elysia-Marie Bran­son of Glas­gow, Scot­land; two broth­ers, Her­man Bran­son of Kent Is­land, Md., and Ernie Bran­son of Gaithers­burg; and two grand­daugh­ters.

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