DUBLIN - Donald Brown, age 91, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at his home in Dublin surrounded by his family after an extended illness.
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Born on June 18, 1922 in Quebec, he was taken in and raised by Mrs. Helen Cregier who he called "Nana". While she and her family had to travel for work, especially during the hard years of the Depression, he always considered Temple his hometown.
He was educated at Temple Grammar School followed by Appleton Academy, where he played on the basketball team.
In Jan. 1942, he joined the Navy and served in both the Atlantic and Pacific arenas during the war. During his peacetime service he was part of Admiral Byrd's expedition to the South Pole in 1946 where he was the Chief Electrician aboard the USS Mount Olympus. He was honorably discharged in December 1947.
He had married during the war and returned with his first wife and their children, Lynn, Wayne and Kent, to Temple. While there, he was the first Fire Chief. He was part of the team that arranged for the donation of the land for the Temple ball field as well as instrumental in getting the first fire truck.
With his wife of over 51 years, Janice Lee Quinn, he had two additional children, Matthew and Laura. They spent their whole married life and raised their family in Dublin. They also have a beloved daughter-in-law, Gretchen, who married Matthew.
Don worked most of his life as an electrician, for a time at Verney Mills, where he met his life-long friend Paul Burhnam. He then worked at the TV & Radio shop of Derby's of Peterborough, later at Peterborough Ball Bearing and finally at Miniature Precision Ball Bearing in Keene, which he retired from in 1984.
While a quiet man who liked to be at home, he enjoyed his friends and family, which extended to seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and one great great grand child. Retirement allowed him and Janice to take a few trips to reunions with the remaining sailors who he had served with in World War II out of England on a sub chaser guiding ships through the English Channel. Otherwise, vacations away from home were spent on the seashore in Maine.
Donald is predeceased by his sister Virginia Northrup and two of his children, Lynn Ryan and Kent Brown.
A private service for the family will be held May 31 at 11 a.m. at the cemetery in Temple. This will be followed by a gathering at the Temple Town Hall at 1 p.m. for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Home Healthcare Hospice & Community Services who provided the wonderful Hospice nurses and aide who allowed him to spend his final days in the comfort of his own home. They are located at 312 Marlborough Street, Keene, N.H. 03431 or may be reached at www.HCSservices.org.
Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on Apr. 1, 2014