NEAL A. BROWN - HINESBURG/FAIRFAX - Neal A. Brown, 60, formerly of Fairfax, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston. Neal was born July 17, 1952, in Montreal, Quebec, the son of the late James and Evelyn Read Brown. At a young age, Neal's parents moved to Fairfax and he attended Fairfax schools. Following his graduation from Bellows Free Academy Fairfax in 1970, he went to work at IBM in Essex for a short time, until he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force
during the Vietnam War
. He proudly became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1976. Following his honorable discharge from active duty, Neal continued his military service in the active duty reserves, until his retirement in 1990. After active duty service in the Air Force, Neal went to work as a Police Officer
in Hampton, Va., where he met his future wife. Together they moved to Vermont in July 1983, where Neal worked as a Police Officer for the City of Burlington. He again found employment with IBM in 1984, retiring in 2012, as a Senior Manufacturing Specialist. On April 27, 1985, he married Dawn Marie Hooks in Hampton, Va. While in Fairfax, Neal found pleasure in spending time with his twin children, three horses and two dogs, and working around the house. He took a keen interest in the Civil War and was able to visit Gettysburg in the fall of 2012. Neal loved hockey, and was also a New England Patriots fan who loved watching the games with Andrew, Mike and Camden. Neal was adored by his two-yearold grandson, Christopher, who affectionately called him Pepa. He is survived by his wife, Dawn of Hinesburg; their two children, Andrew Brown and girlfriend, Kelsey Antoniak, of Essex, and Kelly Brown and boyfriend, Joshua Caballero, of Evans Mills, N.Y.; grandson, Christopher Brown of Essex; brothers and sister, John Brown and wife, Pepi, of Oregon, Jim Brown and wife, Lorraine, of Bozeman, Mont., Michael Brown and partner, Barbara Wallace, of Cambridge, and Lynn Savage and husband, Brian, of Swanton. He also leaves a very special sister-in-law and her husband, Kathy and Chuck Wickline of Hampton, Va. At Neal's request, there will be no visiting hours or funeral service. Neal requested a celebration with friends and family to be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013, at the John Ryan VFW
Post 1767, 6 Maple Street, Winooski, VT 05404. Online condolences may be made at www.minorfh.com
. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadow, St. Albans, VT 05478; or the Fairfax Rescue Squad Inc., PO Box 428, Fairfax, VT 05454-0428.