Passed away on July 9th in the hospital after he vigorously fought for his life over the last six years. He was born in South Carolina on Sept. 8, 1950 and was raised in New Jersey with his three surviving siblings: Peg Laramee, David Brown and Chris Brown. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and went to school upon his return. He resettled on the west coast in California with his brother Chris and Stephanie Haag whom he later married. They had one child, Samuel Michael Brown, before they divorced. Stephen lived a full and activity packed life, taking advantage of every vacation, long weekend or time off that he could find. Among the many activities that he enjoyed, he had particular affinity for Scottish dancing, cycling, camping, and hiking. He spent much time with his friends and family and often coordinated group outings and activities. He had a great love for the environment and wildlife, thus donations in his memory may be made to Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue (www.scwildliferescue.org). He will be greatly missed and always loved by those who knew him. The funeral Vigil will be held on July 22 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church in Santa Rosa (398 Tenth St., Santa Rosa). On the following day, July 23, his funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. also at St. Rose Church. His ashes will be interred at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Santa Rosa.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from July 20 to July 21, 2014