George Alton Brown, 96, went home to be with Jesus on Nov. 7, 2013. Born in Ansonia, Connecticut, Alton had the opportunity to live in many different locations. His parents served as Salvation Army officers, thus causing the family to move frequently. Some of Altons fondest memories include their time in Keene, NH and Boston, Massachusetts. Old Orchard, ME became their home for a time following the death of his father at a young age. His mother raised Verna, Alton, Estelle, and Dana as a single mother, supporting them while working for The Salvation Army for many years. Altons young life revolved around sports, music and the church. It was during those early years that Altons love of music was nurtured. He would daily practice his cornet on a self-made, strict schedule. He was often called on to accompany his mother as she led the congregation in singing. Upon graduation from Boston Trade School, Alton began working at the Salvation Armys Red Shield Club in Boston, followed by his employment for the Public Relations Department in the Armys Divisional Headquarters. During these years he continued to date the young Gladys Jackson, whom he had met while working at Camp Wonderland. Soon after being drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II, the young couple married in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1944. During his four years of military service, he was stationed at Fort Eustis, Texas and Leyte Island in the Philippines. He was proud to use his musical talents as a bugler in the U.S. Army and also played in various military base bands. After living briefly in Cambridge, MA, the couple moved to Weymouth, where they lived for over 60 years. Alton became a printer soon after his military service. After over 25 years in that profession he made a career change to become a stained glass craftsman, which brought him great satisfaction. One of his greatest joys was the completion of the large stained glass window in the South Weymouth Church of the Nazarene. His love of sports, music and church service remained throughout his life. Alton was an avid Celtics fanin some ways considering himself part-owner. He often referred to the team as my Celtics. The Red Sox were also a big part of his leisure time. Music was also in the forefront throughout his life. Alton served as the Bandmaster and Songster Leader at the Boston Central Corps of The Salvation Army and was a faithful bandsman for many years in both Boston and Quincy. During retirement he sang tenor in the South Shore Mens Glee Club. He loved the Lord. He loved his family. He loved his church. Alton was one to live his Christianity in practical ways. Alton was the loving father of Lt. Colonel Lorraine Bamford and her husband Bill currently serving in Santiago, Chile and Christine Galbraith and her husband, David of Weymouth, MA. Alton is also survived by two sisters, one brother, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. The family will receive relatives and friends at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.16, at the Quincy Salvation Army on Baxter Street in Quincy, MA. A memorial service will follow at 6 p.m. Instead of sending flowers, the family asks that contributions in George Alton Browns memory be directed to the Quincy Salvation Army, 6 Baxter Street, Quincy, MA designated for the ministry of the Quincy Temple Corps Band Fund. Assisting the family is Hamel, Wickens & Troupe Quincy Center
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Nov. 13, 2013