PORTSMOUTH — On Thursday, May 24, 2012, Retired Senior Chief Gerald Brown lost his battle with mesothelioma at the age of 83.
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He was born in Gloversville, N.Y. to Harry and Eva Brown on March 11, 1929. He was known to those who loved him as simply "Brown." He attended Gloversville High School. After high school, he joined the Navy. He served in the Navy for 20 years and retired in 1967. Brown was awarded the Korean Service Medal, the UN Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Following his retirement from the Navy, Brown taught Machine Tool Processes at the New Hampshire Vocational Technical College for 24 years and retired in 1991 as Professor Emeritus.
Brown married Dolores Singer September 30, 1950. They were married 62 years and had four children; Gerald Jr. of Middleton, N.H.; Karen and Bruce Ballard of Windham, N.H.; Thomas & Lisa Brown of Barrington, N.H.; and Patricia and Donald Simpson of Manchester, N.H. Brown had nine grandchildren: Sarah and Ryan and April Ballard, Patrick and Elissa Simpson, Bryanna, and Matthew Simpson, Jason and Jamie Brown, and Michael and Christina and Jeff Stenger, and one great, grand child, Hannah Rose Stenger of Conn. Brown is survived by his brother, Kent, his stepmother, Iva, and two nieces, Kami Race and Trishia Brown.
Brown was an avid hunter, fisherman, wood carver, gardener and yard-sale enthusiast. He was a senior member of the Piscataqua Fish and Game Club. He and his wife spent the past 17 winters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, and they spent three weeks of every winter in Aruba. Brown and Dolores were members of the St. Catherine's/Corpus Christi Catholic Parish for the past 48 years.
The family would like to thank Ashley and Heather of Beacon Hospice who provided help, support and knowledge during his time of need. They also wish to thank Dr. Jonathan Eneman and the staff at York Hospital Oncology for their care. Finally, they wish to thank their supportive neighbors who have always been there for them.
Visiting hours will be at the Farrell Funeral Home, 684 State Street, Portsmouth, N.H., on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 from 5-7 p.m.. A Catholic Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church, 98 Summer Street, Portsmouth Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 10:30 am. Burial is scheduled with military honors at the NH State Veteran's Cemetery in Boscawen, N.H. immediately following the Mass.
Memorial donations in memory of Gerald Brown may be made to the NH Veteran's Cemetery at www.nhveteranscemetery.org or Beacon Hospice at 95 Brewery Lane, Suite 10, Portsmouth, N.H., 03081.
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Published in Fosters from May 26 to May 27, 2012