Generosity thrives in wake of tragedy

His daughters called him “Daddy-O.”

The girls’ softball team called him “Coach.” His love of fishing earned him the nickname “Catfish.”

And his buddies at the American Legion post in Gray called him “Santa Claus” for his big white beard.

But Dennis Brackley’s favorite name was “Papa” – the one given to him by his grandchildren, Alexa and Gavin Goad.

“Being a papa was his everything,” said Melanie Craig, a longtime family friend.
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