BROWN, Richard (Dick) L.
Richard (Dick) L. Brown, 81, husband of Anna (Musolino) Brown, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Son of the late Evelyn Otte and Linwood Brown, he was born in Caribou, Maine. A veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Air Force, he and his wife have lived in Southington since 1956. A welder by trade, he worked at Pratt & Whitney before moving into sales at Zane Weldcraft and Airgas, from where he retired. He leaves a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Diane Brown of Berlin; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Frank Vasile of Southington; a brother, Gerald Brown of Litchfield, Maine; a sister and brother-in-law, Constance and Richard Moore of Opapka, FL. He also leaves his step-father Albert Otte of Davenport, FL and step sister Susan Libby and her husband James of Durham; four grandchildren Kristin Szymanski and her husband John of Berlin, Samantha Brown and her fiancé Ralph Coppola of Guilford, Zachary Vasile and Morgan Vasile of Southington. He also leaves one great-granddaughter Callie Szymanski and many nieces and nephews. His greatest joys were traveling and exploring with Anna, serving as a mentor and spending time with his family. Anyone who knew him knows his favorite pastime was sharing time and conversation with his many friends, including those most special to him, Bob, John, Jack, Harold, Clayton and Milford, for whose friendships he was most grateful.
The funeral will be held on Friday, 9:15 a.m. from the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington to St. Thomas Church, 99 Bristol St., Southington for a mass at 10 a.m. Burial will be at St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be Today, Thursday from 4-7 p.m. For online condolences and directions please visit www.dellavecchiafh.com.