David Lee Braman, resident of Gibson, PA, passed away on Monday, February 19th, at Good Shepherd Village, Endwell. He was 73.
David was raised in Windsor, NY, and wrestled for Windsor High School. From his earliest years, David was a self made man, choosing to chart his own course in life. While employed by the State as a welder, he became a gun enthusiast, collector, marksman and hunter. David never walked away from a challenge, having great passion for what he believed in. He used his self-taught skills to design and build his own projects, strategically planning, building and operating Hillside Campgrounds in the peek of his life. David was a pilot and anyone who flew with him found it a memory they would never forget.
In 1986 David opened his home in the beautiful hills of Pennsylvania to some very special people. He believed the world was different then. Social mores dictated that certain individuals were accepted and respected more than others. David fought against this prejudice and continued that fight to the very end. He was a pioneer. Long before diversity was popular, David embraced it. Each person who enjoyed the Campgrounds knew that they were accepted, respected, and celebrated. David sought to bring people together, in good times and in bad, just as the famous song said, since “That’s What Friends are For.”
David was predeceased by: his parents, Charles and Margaret Braman; his significant other, Daniel Bateman; his brother Gerald; and his dogs Schultz and Cody. He is survived by his children: Jeffrey Braman and his son Dustin; Joanna Braman and her daughter Corina; William and Debbie Braman and their sons Steven and Jakob. David is also survived by two siblings: a brother, Charles; and his youngest brother Gary and Nancy Braman; his favorite nephew James David Braman as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and dog Chloe. He also leaves behind his former wife and friend Alice Knowlton Withers.
David suffered greatly these last years with Parkinson’s Disease. Throughout this period, he was surrounded by family members and some trusted friends: Wayne Mitteer, “Uncle” Bill Arnold, Frank Cannon, and Alex and Carol Kostek who shared in his dream as well as his suffering. Special Thanks to the medical and nursing staffs at Lourdes Hospital and Good Shepherd Village, especially Doctor Martin and Doctor Mikloucich.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10am at the Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home, 483 Chenango St. Binghamton. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Riverhurst Cemetery, Endwell, NY.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Pennsylvania State Police at Gibson, the Harford Emergency Services Ambulance Squad or a Charity of your choice.
Hillside Campgrounds is proud to announce the Weekend Theme Schedule for the 2018 Season
June 29-July 1
Aug 31-Sept 3
Meet & Greet
Meat Rack – Fantasy
Adventures in Underwear
Fabulous 4th of July
Anything But Clothes
Bears, Beef & Booze
Gear Up – Fantasy
Hillside and the 3 Bears
Country Western II
Long Johns & Union Suits
Kiss Them Goodbye
Starting on January 21, 2018, the weekend theme and party posters will begin to be displayed in the interactive calendar on the Hillside Campgrounds website as they become confirmed by their organizers.
Telephone and online reservations for the 2018 Season begin on Saturday February 24, 2018 at 10:00am. Telephone reservations will be taken on Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th from 10:00am – 6:00pm at (570) 756-2007.
Hillside Campgrounds has partnered with Campground Automation Services to provide a 24×7 online reservations system. Campers that know what site they want and for what days, can go online and make a reservation. Just pick the date, site number or point to a site on the interactive map, then enter the number of men in the group. A credit card is required and the reservation must be paid in full at the time of reservation.
We are expecting a busy reservation weekend based on a great 2017 season and lots of new faces last year. It is highly recommended to make your reservation online, if possible. We will do our best to answers your calls as soon as possible.
Hillside Campgrounds – doing it right for 33 years!
Welcome to Hillside Campgrounds, a gay owned and operated camping resort, that has been serving the gay male community for 33 years! Open from May through the end of September each year, we offer a unique, private setting on more than 235 secluded acres in the Endless Mountain region of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Whether your camping style uses a tent, a popup camper or a rental cabin, our experienced staff can help you decide between a site in the middle of all the action or a secluded site deep in the woods.
As a clothing optional, attitude-free environment, your experience at Hillside Campgrounds can be as busy or as relaxed as you want. Make new friends at the pool, hike the nature trails, explore our wooded playground, join the crowd at the nightly bonfire, or dance the night away in our disco. Younger or older, bigger or smaller, bears or leather, whatever your style of men, you can find a themed weekend to pique your attention.