Testimony to the Grace of God in the life of Andrew F. Braid (1916 – 2015)

Born in Clydebank, Scotland, Andrew was a pacifist and conscientious objector against war and violence. He became a Quaker and during the war years, worked with the Friends Ambulance Unit in China, where he met his first wife. He was active with the local St. Andrew’s Society where he was vice chieftain and its resident Piper.

He worked as an international development executive and consultant for the cooperatives program between governments and the Canadian International Development Agency. He is survived by wife Florangel Rosario Braid, children Angus, Nancy, Marian and Ferdinand, and their spouses, 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

The family made a special request that in lieu of flowers donations may be given to the charity, Kapatiran Kaunlaran Foundation Inc., for its outreach program on out of school children.

Andrew graduated BA (summa cum laude) at the St. Francis University in Canada and holder of a masters and a doctorate degree in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University in New York. He spent several years in India, China, Jordan, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. He headed the cooperatives division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome for 14 years
and was FAO resident representative in Sri Lanka.

He called the Philippines his home for the past 40 years. He kept the Quaker torch burning in this country during those times when there were still no Filipino members. Replying to a letter of a Quaker inquirer here in May 1998, Andrew wrote: “I would like to be able to help you in your enlightenment the Quaker way even if I’m not in the best of health”.

(from Quakers in Bohol, Philippines)

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