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Thursday May 26th, 2016 8:27PM

Circle M co-founder dies

By Ken Stanford Reporter
GAINESVILLE - A Gainesville man who co-founded the Circle M chain of convenience stores has died.

Bob Braff died Saturday at Northeast Georgia Medical Center at the age of 84.

It was in 1974 that Braff and his business partner, Tom Bower II, bought Clipper Petroleum and developed the chain of Circle M Food Marts in Northeast Georgia.

Braff, a native of Duluth, Minnesota, was also involved in numerous community activities, including Kiwanis Club, Chattahoochee Country Club, Chattahoochee Golf Course, Chicopee Golf Course, Georgia Oilmen's Association, Boy Scouts of America and St. Michael Catholic Church where he served as usher and finance chairman.

An avid golfer, he won the Minnesota State High School Championship two years in a row and once got a hole-in-one while playing with Masters Champion Tommy Aaron of Gainesville.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Michael Catholic Church in Gainesville on Tuesday at 11:00.

(A full obituary can be found on the AccessNorthGa.com Obituaries Page.)
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