Readfield - Ernest Leonard Bracy Jr., 90, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta. \r\r\n\r\r\nHe was born in North Berwick on April 24, 1916, the son of Ernest Leonard & Bernice (Johnson)Bracy. \r\r\n\r\r\nHe received his education at the North Berwick Elementary and High Schools, McIntosh College (Dover, NH), RCA Institute, Eastern Oregon College and Zimerly Flight School (LaGrande, OR), \r\r\nFAA Aeronautical Acedemy (Oklahoma City, OK), FAA Management School (Lawton, OK), and Federal Aviation and US Government Training Courses. \r\r\n\r\r\nErnie married Phyllis M. Wiggin in Ogunquit, Maine on August 27, 1939. \r\r\n\r\r\nHis employment includes 5 years with the Beckwith Manufacturing Co. in Dover, NH as Sales Manager and Purchasing Agent and 42 years with Civil Aeronautics Administration and Federal Aviation Administration in Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Maine as Air Traffic Control \r\r\nCenter Supervisor and Facility Manager. \r\r\n\r\r\nOther personal businesses included those in radio, television, appliance sales and service, Real Estate Broker, Insurance Broker, garage owner and manager, and restaurant and gift shop \r\r\nowner and operator. \r\r\n\r\r\nErnie was a public speaker for various organizations. He was a charter memeber of the Lions Club, a member of the board of directors and president of various local clubs and oganizations, and treasurer and member of the board of directors of the Partners of America. He was also chairman of the Readfield School Committee and trustee, treasurer and manager of the Union Meeting House in \r\r\nReadfield. \r\r\n\r\r\nHe retired from the Federal Aviation Administration on January 30, 1983, during which time he held a pilots license. Following retirement, he served for a few years on the Transportation Committee on the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, with International Air Traffic Control \r\r\nAssociations, and continued as trustee and manager of the Union Meeting House in Reedfield, where he was also president of the Readfield Union Meeting House Corporation. In 1991, he was recognized as he received the 'Citizen of the Year Award' in Readfield. \r\r\n\r\r\nErnie was an amateur radio operator, licensed since 1930, and encountered many incidents of life saving activites through its use along with receiving world wide recognition for his services rendered. He was licensed to operate in several countries and his travels found him in 26 countries \r\r\nand most states in the United States. He was still very active on the Ham radio 3-4 hours a day, seven days a week until the day he died. \r\r\n\r\r\nErnie was predeceased by his wife, Phyllis Bracy, and his sister, Phyllis Prevost. Surviving him is his close friend, Richard Murphy, of Wayne. \r\r\n\r\r\nRelatives and friends are invited to visit from 5-8pm on Thursday, March 15th at Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St, Winthrop. A celebration of Ernie's life will be held at 2pm on Friday at the Readfield Union Meeting House on the Church Road in Readfield. Interment will be held in the Spring at Readfield Corner Cemetery at a day and time to be announced. \r\r\n\r\r\nIn lieu of flowers, donations in Ernie's memory may be made to the Readfield Union Meeting House, \r\r\nP.O. Box 8, Readfield, ME 04355.