Montville - John F. Brown, 78, of Uncasville, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer.
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He was born on Aug. 9, 1932, in Norwich, the son of Michael J. and Margaret (Wall) Brown. John grew up on Roath Street in Norwich and was a graduate of Norwich Free Academy, class of 1950 and was voted "Class Jester" of his class. He was active in athletics, achieving varsity letters in football and track and field, finishing fourth in the pole vault at the Connecticut state meet.
Upon graduation, John served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict from 1950 to 1954. Subsequent to that, he was a member of the Seabees Reserves serving until the early 1960s and during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
He married Madelyn Banovsky on Sept. 30, 1972, and was her loving husband for 39 years.
John was a master carpenter and until recently built every house he lived in. He demonstrated his trade by building everything from furniture to cabinets. He worked for various commercial construction and architectural outfits where he eventually worked his way up to construction superintendent. As superintendent he was proud of his accomplishments including the construction of the Armstrong and Blue Cross buildings in New Haven.
John enjoyed working in his woodshop, had a great sense of humor, and was well known for his funny sayings, stories, and songs. Certain songs were his favorites, from "The Dummy Line" to "The Little Red School House" and the Irish favorite, "That Little Shirt Me Mother Made for Me."
John was a friend of Bill and was very appreciative of all the support and encouragement over the years.
In addition to his loving wife, Madelyn, he is survived by a daughter, Shawn E. Brown of Malden, Mass.; two sons, James M. Brown and his fiancée, Nina Gromko, of Norwich and John H. Brown and daughter-in-law. Barbara A. Brown, of Oakdale; two step sons, John Zingrone and his wife, Sylvia, of Tarpin Springs, Fla., and Charles Zingrone and his wife, Marisal, of Hammonton, N.J.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Ann Hallisey and her husband, Bill, of Uncasville; a sister-in-law, Pauline Brown; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Michael Brown of Uncasville.
The funeral will assemble at 9 a.m. on Friday at Woyasz & Son Funeral Home, 11 Jerome Road, Uncasville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 22 Maple Ave. Burial with presentation of military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Norwich. Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
Donations in his memory may be made to Hospice Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich CT 06360.
Published in The Day on July 6, 2011