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Francis Hugh McBratney

Passed on July 20, 2013 at 88 years of age. He was born on Aug. 15, 1924, in Monrovia, Calif., a 1st generation American of Irish descent. He loved his family and his country, serving in WWII as an Army paratrooper in the 17th Airborne Division, participating in the Battle of the Bulge, receiving the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

He was a cost engineer for most of his working life, working for petrochemical companies in Southern California, also in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Hugh and his wife retired to Big Bear Lake in 1995.

Hugh leaves behind his wife, Valerie, of 52 years; son Douglas; daughters, Ellen, Colleen and Susan and 10 grandchildren.

Following cremation, he will be interred at the National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif.

"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 11:08 am
Submitted by: Peggy Hooper