Harvey E. Branyan

Harvey E. Branyan

Harvey E. Branyan

August 14, 1943~March 13, 2023

Ed Branyan, 79, of 3140 Southport Dr, Holiday, Florida, died Monday, March 13, 2023, surrounded by his family, at home. Born on August 14, 1943, in Mechanicsburg, Pa, he was the son of Edgar and Anna Mae Branyan, and the oldest of five siblings. Ed was a 1961 graduate of East Pennsboro High School, and a 1965 graduate of East Stroudsburg University, where he met the love of his life, Kathleen Cascioli Branyan, and with whom he celebrated 57 years of marriage on June 19, 2022. Ed was a four year starter on the men’s basketball team at ESU, and a former 35 year teacher and basketball coach in the Stroudsburg School District in Pa. In  addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Stacy Branyan of Baton Rouge, La and a son, Lance Branyan of Stroudsburg, Pa

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Memories of Harvey E. Branyan



JoDena Russo

March 15, 2023, 1:46 am

If I ever knew of a Saint that walked this Earth it would be Eddie. RIP ❤️🙏🏼❤️‍🩹

Peter Solotruk

March 15, 2023, 6:53 pm

Rest in peace Mr. Branyan, middle school gym was a blast with you and Mr. Winters….

Virginia Robinson-Witzke

March 15, 2023, 7:51 pm

You were a great coach and teacher Mr. BRANYAN
Learned alot from you in my years at Stroudsburg High School Class of 1999.
You also taught my father and was his basketball coach.
Sending my deepest condolences to your family and friend. May you rest easy Coach B.

Sharon Fahl

March 15, 2023, 8:38 pm

I had Mr Branyan as a phys-Ed teacher when I was a student in Stroudsburg . He was the best. Great man, great teacher.
I am so sorry for your loss.

Sharon (christman) Fahl.

Scott Reese

March 15, 2023, 9:54 pm

Mr Branyan was one of my favorite teacher/coach growing up. He taught us all on the basketball court and I still carry that passion he instilled in us. He was a gentle giant lol. RIP

David Ace

March 15, 2023, 10:38 pm

Mr. Branyan “Coach” had an incredible impact on my life. As an educator he had a natural way of communicating that really resonated, and I will always value my memories of those years. We lived in the same neighborhood and when I would drive by his home I’d often stop to say “hi”. He always had something good to say and never seemed bothered by the intrusion. His smile stayed at the ready, yet his intensity was a force to be reckoned with. You knew that when you extended your hand it would be met with a firm handshake. I’ll miss Mr. Branyan, I send my heartfelt condolences to his wonderful family, and I wish that he eternally Rest in Peace.

Mark Bauman

March 16, 2023, 12:47 am

Mr Branyan was the greatest P.E. teacher I ever had the pleasure of knowing at SHS
I really loved his anecdotes and life experiences he passed on to us young people ❤
Rest easy Sir.

Very sorry for your loss.

Larry Franz

March 16, 2023, 9:57 am

Lance, please accept deepest condolences from Nicki and I. Harve was a very special, one in a million person. His “old school” approach to the basketball game and to life was special and will be missed significantly. Words can’t express the impact he had on my life. In closing, please let me know if there’s anything I can do as I’m now living at beach in Delaware but will shoot up there in seconds notice. Take care Lance.

Melissa Cain

March 16, 2023, 11:41 am

R.I.P. Mr. Branyan you were a great health and gym teacher!! I enjoyed your classes from middle school to high school. I was in the class of 2000. My condolences to the Branyan family.

Conni Papillon

March 16, 2023, 11:51 am

Mr. Branyon. I swear I just thought of you. Were you stopping and saying goodbye? You were my grade school gym teacher. You carried me to the car when I broke my ankle. I last saw u was in room 17 of the old ER. I’d grown up to be a nurse and u were my patient. You were a gem of a teacher and human being. RIP 😢😢😢

Christie Butz

March 16, 2023, 12:32 pm

So sorry for your loss. He was an amazing coach and teacher.

Nana ( Ms Tina as you call me)

March 16, 2023, 2:01 pm

So sorry for your loss. Stacey we are here for you if you need anything. Praying for you and family, love you.

Rachel Johnson

March 16, 2023, 2:01 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with the Branyan family. Mr. Branyan was an incredible man and I am so glad I got to know him. I wish you all peace, comfort, courage and love during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.

Tracy Goldowski

March 16, 2023, 2:14 pm

Thank you Mr. Branyan for the awesome Phys. Ed. classes! They were always a blast! But most of all thank you for teaching us girls how to be strong, intelligent, tenacious and classy basketball players.

Dave Eden

March 16, 2023, 5:03 pm

May you rest in peace Mr Branyan. I remember the summer before 8th grade. Mr Branyan would run open gyms. Bob Angradi and I would meet up with other kids and run ball for a couple hours a day. I learned a lot about the game and how hard work allows you to handle many obstacles. He was a fun person to be around. God bless all his family and friends.

Joanne Eagleson

March 16, 2023, 5:08 pm

Lance I’m so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. May you find comfort in the many memories you shared.

Wayne Franks

March 16, 2023, 6:40 pm

Stacy and Lance, soo sorry to hear the passing of your Father. A great man, coach, and educator.
Mr. Branyan instilled the passion of athletics and education to thousands over his many years of positive reinforcement.
He will live in the hearts many forever.

Sara Young

March 16, 2023, 7:51 pm

My heart is hurting right now. Mr Branyon was an awesome gym teacher and great health teacher as well. He went above and beyond to made sure we had fun while learning. He definitely had a unique sense of humor. Always kept us on our toes and ready to learn something new. He is definitely going to be missed by many! Until we meet again Mr.Branyon continue to fly high! R.I.P.Mr. Branyon

jonathan berman

March 16, 2023, 7:54 pm

Wow, if you went to Stroudsburg High school, if you were into athletics or A Gym class hero,,. this was the Guy you prayed was your Gym coach!!! Loved every minute to spend in his classes as a student..so sorry for your loss… I used to see Mr. Branyan often while giving blood donations locally… I know over the years he donated an amazing amount of his blood … A true hero and great role model for his students

Steve Dahnert

March 17, 2023, 5:18 am

Thank you for being such a positive part of the lives of so many young people, me included. You will be missed. Sincere condolences to your family. RIP.

Nick Brudun

March 17, 2023, 2:31 pm

Your lessons have not been lost on me. You impacted more young lives than you realized. Thank you for being a pillar of manhood for us young men passing through SMS.

Sue (Crowe) Rader

March 17, 2023, 4:52 pm

Mrs. Branyan, Lance, and Stacy, I am so sorry for your loss and am very sad to hear the news. Your dad took me under his wing when I was in seventh grade and had such a positive impact on me all through high school. I have thought of him often over the years and in fact, still have “The World is Mine” poem on my desk at work to this day. If you played basketball for him you know that he taught us a lot about basketball and a little bit about life. He will be greatly missed. Sending my condolences, prayers, and love.

Arlynn LaBar

March 17, 2023, 8:42 pm

Words are hard to find to say Good Bye to a man that I looked up to from the time I was about six. A wonderful man, Gym Teacher and neighbor. Mrs. Branyan, Lance and Stacey- I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Branyan was loved and will be missed by so many. My heart breaks for all of you.
Thoughts and Prayers,
Arlynn LaBar

Kenny Stanley

March 18, 2023, 12:39 am

Mr. B was one of a kind! He was a dedicated teacher, a motivator as a coach, and a positive influence in the community. As a fatherless, young black child growing up in S-burg in the 60’s, he gave me b-ball skills, direction, encouragement, and the self confidence that gave me the belief that I could overcome most obstacles in life. He always made time to converse whenever we’d cross paths, and always dropped an important life/success principle on me. Coach was the only person I’ve ever seen, who could dominate a b-ball game while wearing knee-hi Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers!! Prayerfully and tearfully, my deepest condolences go out to Stacy, Lance and Mrs. B. RIP, LOVE YOU COACH!!

Joelle Fair

March 18, 2023, 2:01 am

Mr. Branyan was one of a kind. Thank you for being such a great educator.. My condolences to the family.

David W.Felker

March 18, 2023, 9:58 am

He was more than a teacher he cared about his students he was a genuinely sincere person but to me he was more than a teacher he was a friend

Cassandra M Norcross

March 18, 2023, 12:24 pm

Thank you for being such a dedicated and caring teacher. I still remember things you taught me and use them daily. You will be missed

Jean DeSchriver

March 18, 2023, 2:54 pm

Ed was one of the most admired teachers at Stroudsburg High School. Great role model for our children. Jean DeSchriver

Stephen Johnson

March 18, 2023, 3:54 pm

Thinking back, Mr. Branyan genuinely was interested in all of us when teaching elementary or secondary school. He was a master at knowing everyone’s name which was impressive because you only had class 1-2 x a week. I really loved his stories. My favorite was when he and some high school friends encountered Wilt Chamberlain in a Philadelphia area restaurant and how he described what the Big Dipper was like with his mannerisms along with his voice. Another story was when he worked for a garbage company and what happened when he picked up a really rusted garbage can to throw its contents into the back of the garbage truck…


March 18, 2023, 8:17 pm

“COACH” was one of a kind! We first met when I was a student at Ramsey Elementary School. He quickly encouraged, motivated, equipped me with b-ball skills, and the self confidence to conquer many obstacles in life. I’ll be eternally grateful for his input in my early years which created self esteem, and the belief that I was in control of my own future. Those who knew him can also attest to the same treatment. He was tough but fair, and had a big heart. I’ll never forget him playing in b-ball games, controlling the inside, while rocking his knee-high Converse! My deepest condolences go out to Mrs. B, Stacy, Lance ( aka L-Boogie), family, and friends. RIP COACH, love you!

Dana Branyan Boyd

March 19, 2023, 1:22 am

I lost a very special person in my life. When we were growing up Eddie was my hero and my protctor- my big brother. I have so many special memories of the times we shared. I will so miss our long conversations and his laughter. I know he is now in Heaven with our Parents and Grandparents—probably shooting hoops with Dad!!!💚

Matt Tolan

March 19, 2023, 5:49 pm

Coach. You always had a high standard you projected on the students and we were better off for it. Immediately started calling me “Matty “ in basketball practice. I remember your tips about foul shots. Practice, practice, practice. If good men are the ones you remember, you were a good man.

Barb Crandy (Kistler)

March 19, 2023, 6:39 pm

Eddie was our baseball coach when he was a very young teenager We were an all young girls baseball team. We always beat the boys baseball team, because he was a great coach. Coaching was his calling in Life. So thankful you all were blessed by his calling. Barb (Kistler) Crandy I am 76. So you know it was a Long Time Ago! See you in Heaven Eddie

Claudia Cook

March 20, 2023, 9:16 pm

Sending warm thoughts, love and deepest sympathy during this difficult time. May you have some comfort and peace knowing this loss will touch the lives of so many people.

Kasey Mesko

March 21, 2023, 3:58 pm

Lance so very sorry for your loss….

Suzanne Griffin- Lawson

March 27, 2023, 3:03 pm

Mrs Branyan, Stacy and Lance-
I am so sad. What a loss. He was an amazing basketball coach. Basketball, life and fun. And his vocabulary lessons- my favorite
“copacetic”. He was tough, genuine, and could always laugh at us and with us. And sing on the basketball bus with us too. One of my favorite memories was when he called a time out because we were playing rotten, sat us down on the bench and took the water bottle and sprayed us all and said wake up. It took up all of us ,everything we had not to laugh. We sure laughed after the game. I have so many great Stroudsburg High basketball memories. Thank you Mr Branyan- you were a class act.

Bridget (Kilker) Rybacki

April 4, 2023, 11:09 pm

I will always be grateful for Mr. Branyan. As my PE teacher, he stayed after school several days my senior year to help me complete the physical assessment portions of military academy applications. That, in turn, changed the trajectory of my life. Our family is still serving 23 years later. He was always encouraging. “A person might not remember what you say or do, but they will remember how you made them feel.” He genuinely wanted the best for his students.

Neil Stephen Billger

May 3, 2023, 1:11 am

I’m sorry to hear about Ed. I just found out about his passing. Ed and I played a great deal of basketball together. He was always great gentlemen as a matter of fact we always referred
to him as Gentlemen Ed. I will surely miss him

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