Bernard R. "Branny" Banulis

Born: Mon., Oct. 6, 1913
Died: Wed., Jan. 16, 2013

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Bernard W. "Branny" Banulis, 99, of North Palm Beach, Fla., died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at Palm Gardens Community Hospital. Born Branoslav W. Banulis Oct. 6, 1913 in Terryville, Conn., a son of the late David and Antosia (Karlonas) Banulis, Branny lived much of his life in Newburgh, N.Y., while serving as PGA golf professional and golf club manager at Newburgh Country Club in the 1950s and then Osiris Country Club in Walden, N.Y., for more than three decades. He was a graduate of Terryville High School and played basketball as well as golf in his young years. He and twin brother Tommy sometimes played under the names of Starks and Langton and often confused opponents who mistook one for the other with the help of their numbers -- 8 and an almost-closed 3. They had fun playing such tricks on acquaintances well into their adult lives, too. Branny was an Army veteran, having served stateside during World War II. As well as teach golf, Branny also played when he could take time away from his six- and often seven-day work schedule. Before turning pro, he captured the city championship in Bristol, Conn., in 1938. His first job as a professional was in Cromwell, Conn., at Edgewood Golf Club, which evolved into the Tournament Players Club River Highlands. In the 1950s, he played in the PGA Tour's Insurance City Open at Wethersfield Country Club a couple of times before settling in Newburgh, and in 1972, Branny won a Metro Regional PGA event in New York. Other than his lifetime dedication to managing a club and teaching golf, he loved nothing more than playing guitar and singing country and western songs with Tommy and his other late brother Peter, and late sisters, Antosia, Mae and Eva. Also preceding Branny in death was first wife Balbina "Bobbie" (Przepiorka) Banulis of Bristol, who died in 1994 after 53 years of marriage, and his second wife, Carmen (Rannou) of North Palm Beach, who died in 2010. Branny enjoyed good food, a good card game, good drink and good company. He also was an avid fan of the Miami Heat and the Dolphins, and just a day before he died, he enjoyed watching a Heat game with his nephew Peter Banulis and his wife Sally, who were visiting from New Jersey. Beside Peter and Sally, Branny leaves loving nephew Brent Banulis of South Bend, Ind., and loving nieces Diane Lerz of Somers, Conn., and Sheila Sequin of Burlington, Conn., and sister-in-law Helen Banulis of South Bend, Ind. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Terryville on a date to be determined. To leave online condolences please visit


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