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In Memory of

Gregory Michael Braze

August 19, 1951 - May 6, 2017

Obituary


In loving memory of Gregory "Greg" Braze, who passed away from his long & courageous battle with lymphoma. Greg is survived by the love of his life, Sandie, of 42 years; loving daughter, Tiffany Cleveland-Lopes (Rob) & his devoted mother, Ann Braze. Also, his adoring sisters, Barbara Vernon (John), Joan Braze (Peter); cherished nieces, Traci Lopez (Erwin), Kate Clifton (Mark), nephews, Michael Vernon, Gabe & Alex Lopez. Greg is also survived by a myriad of close friends who have deep admiration & respect for him, not only as a police officer, but a martial artist,...

In loving memory of Gregory "Greg" Braze, who passed away from his long & courageous battle with lymphoma. Greg is survived by the love of his life, Sandie, of 42 years; loving daughter, Tiffany Cleveland-Lopes (Rob) & his devoted mother, Ann Braze. Also, his adoring sisters, Barbara Vernon (John), Joan Braze (Peter); cherished nieces, Traci Lopez (Erwin), Kate Clifton (Mark), nephews, Michael Vernon, Gabe & Alex Lopez. Greg is also survived by a myriad of close friends who have deep admiration & respect for him, not only as a police officer, but a martial artist, instructor & a friend to all who knew him. Greg's passion was to have a career as a police officer; he graduated from the Gavilan Police Academy In Gilroy, CA in March 17,1978, worked for the Gilroy Police Dept. for 23 years & retired on August 21, 2002. Greg was devoted to teaching officer safety & always had his police brothers' & sisters' "back". Greg then went to work as a law enforcement instructor for the police academy at Evergreen College until his illness overtook him in the Spring of 2016. Greg also had a passion for Jujitsu; he studied Danzan Ryu- Kodenkan Jujitsu at Pacific Judo & Jujitsu Academy in San Jose, CA. He trained under Shihan Montero, where he earned his Yodan - 4th Degree Black Belt. He also met his loving wife, Sandie at the dojo & years later, they married. Greg & Sandie always kept the aloha spirit & the traditional lifestyle of loving, being respectful & surrounding yourself with family & friends, which he so much enjoyed. Greg & Sandie learned the art of Sefukujitsu, the art of healing massage from Shihan Montero. The concept was that you break the body, therefore you must "heal" it through massage. Greg always tried to inspire people to be kind, be giving, help others, never give up, never quit, always persevere. Greg was a great warrior in his life, his mottos were, "a Samurai falls 7 times & gets up 8" & to always "Keep the Faith". We would like to thank the Kaiser San Jose nursing staff & doctors who showed compassion for Greg & took good care of him & made him feel safe & comfortable during his last days of life. Services for Greg will be on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Lima Family Mortuary, 466 N. Winchester, Santa Clara, CA. Visitation: 5-7 PM, Rosary: 7 PM. Funeral will be held Saturday May 20, 2017 at 12 PM, St. Martin of Tours, 200 O'Connor Dr., San Jose, CA In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Leukemia & Lymphoma , Light the Night Walk at http://pages.lightthenight.org/svmb/SanJose17/TeamSamurai