AMHERST - Lifelong Amherst resident, Bruce G. Brown, 97, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.
He was born Jan. 15, 1916, in Amherst, the third child of Warren R. and Edna (Belliveau) Brown.
An entrepreneurial and adventurous young man, Bruce worked in tobacco and had a paper route, and at 17 he and a friend drove across the country in a Ford Model A Touring Car. After graduating from Amherst High School in 1934, he worked for several years in his father's real estate and insurance agency. He continued his adventures by canoeing the full lengths of the Connecticut River and the Hudson River.
Bruce attended Boston University as an undergraduate and graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1941. During World War II he served as a legal officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps, completing his service as a captain at Paine Field near Seattle, Wash. There, he met and married Marian S. Brown, a teacher.
Upon discharge from the service in 1946, Bruce returned to Amherst and began a general practice of law that he continued for more than 30 years. His practice included a broad range of matters. He served for many years as a trustee and general counsel of the Amherst Savings Bank. Prior to his death he was the oldest member of the Amherst Rotary Club.
Bruce's entrepreneurial interests extended beyond his legal career. He acquired and managed commercial properties in downtown Amherst and woodlands surrounding his home of over 50 years on Bay Road.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 69 years, Marian S. Brown of Amherst; his daughter Margaret Shullaw and husband Steven Shullaw of Coralville, Iowa; his son Jeffery Brown and wife Debora Brown of Amherst; two granddaughters, Amy Cox and husband Shawn Gunst of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Katherine Platis and husband James Platis of Chicago, Ill.; three grandsons, Douglas Cox of Norman, Okl., Peter Brown of New York City, N.Y., and Jack Brown and wife Jessica Brown of Amherst.
He was predeceased by his brother Robert Brown and sister Alma Brown.
A burial service will be held at a later date.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 17, 2013
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