Carl H. Brakers, 66, founder of Tool Mate He was strong supporter of boys' and girls' athletics BY SHARON MORGAN The Cincinnati Enquirer GREEN TOWNSHIP Carl H. Brakers, Brakers, founder of Tool Mate Corp. in Groes-beck, Groes-beck, Groes-beck, died of complications from diabetes Tuesday at Providence Hospital in Mount Airy. The Groesbeck resident was 66. "He was a patient teacher, and it was S - ffKJ v jcai and creative. S&Zyl I 1954, Mr. Brakers i l I joined Porter Precision Mr. Brakers Groesbeck, serving in the Air Force during the Korean Korean War. The Elder High School graduate moved through the ranks at Porter, eventually becoming vice president of international sales. He left the company in 1971 to form Tool Mate. "He was proud of his family and of his company," said business associate Ted part of his original plan that one of us will take over the business and it ended up being me," said his son, C. Michael Brakers, of Groesbeck. "He was practical, logi- logi- Products Co.. a tool- tool- and-die and-die and-die business in as a stockroom cprU afW Weber of Fairfield. "He was a hardworking, hardworking, upstanding and honest individual We will miss him," he said. A member of St. Ann Parish for more than 40 years, Mr. Brakers was active with the Knights of Columbus and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He promoted boys' and girls' athletics as a coach and sponsor and was a supporter of the 1974 Northside K of C Girls Junior National Championship Softball Team. His memberships also included the National National Tooling and Machining Association and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Engineers. Mr. Brakers also is survived by his wife of 41 years, Joan Brakers of Groesbeck; three daughters, Susan Schertzer of Mount Adams, Peggy Burwell of Groesbeck Groesbeck and Nancy Gadd of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Norma Surtees of Covedale; and eight grandchildren. Services will be 10 a.m Friday at Frederick Funeral Home, 2553 Banning Road in Groesbeck. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be St. Joseph Old Cemetery in Price Hill. Memorials can be sent to the St. Ann Church, Stained Glass Fund, 2900 W. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati 45239 or Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 14862, Cincinnati 45250-0862. 45250-0862. 45250-0862.