Robert H. Brown

Brown, Robert H.

Candor: Robert H Brown ("Brownie", "Bob") passed away on Mon Jan 11, 2013 after a period of declining health. His 89 (almost 90) years were full of love, laughter & life. Born March 6, 1923, Bob was the only surviving child of Nina & Homer Brown, and the brother of baby Karl Brown, who all predecease him. He was also predeceased by his wife, Kathryn "Katie" Clark, and his former wife, Phyllis Brown. Brownie lived in Candor all his years & attended Candor schools. A natural athlete, he played scholastic sports available at the time, especially baseball, of which he had a life-long love. Over the years, Bob was a player, umpire, coach, organizer, spectator & supporter. Many of Candor's youth grew up with & loved him through Little League, CCS baseball, VFW Teener League, American Legion baseball, Town Team baseball and, later, softball. His love of the kids & the game will long be remembered. A child of the Great Depression, Bob & his generation grew up "making do" and learning how to "stretch a dollar". He was the original fix-it man, at which he excelled. If Brownie couldn't fix it, it probably couldn't be fixed! His early values also included hard work, responsibility and helping anyone who needed it, all of which he passed on to his family. Bob enlisted in the US Navy on December 1, 1942, eager to serve his country. Most of his active duty was on submarines in the Alaska and Philippine theaters, taking part in the Philippine liberation, and he was honorably discharged on January 9, 1946 as a Motor Machinist's Mate, First Class. He joined the Candor Fire Department in his teens, was made an Honorary Life Member and had 75 years of service to the Department. After the war, Bob held various jobs before joining IBM, starting in the Endicott plant and then Owego, retiring in 1984 with over 34 years of service. He joined the Arden Kelsey American Legion Post 907 in Candor, and was a faithful, participating member for 67 years in too many ways to count. Brownie helped build the Candor Post into an active & vital part of the community. The Post repaid him by honoring him with a Life Membership in 1966, which he was very proud of. He was also a Life Member of Glenn A Warner VFW Post 1371 in Owego NY. Bob and his fellow Legionnaires saw the need in Candor for a local emergency ambulance service, so they founded it as the American Legion Ambulance Service, now Candor EMS. They donated countless hours & resources to the establishment and expansion of the Ambulance Service. Brownie also was a member of the Candor Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons #411 for over 50 years, and he was very proud to be a Mason. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman & boater as well as bowler. He always had a story to tell! In their retirement, Bob & Katie enjoyed summers on Seneca Lake and winters at their South Carolina home. Bob is survived by his children: Ray (Satch) Brown and fiancé Renee McCall, Skaneateles; Christine Brown, Candor; Linda Stanley, Lyons NE; BonnieK & David Collins, Candor; Alvin Hughes, Waynesboro VA; Cathy & Matt Allen of Spencer. Survivors also include 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, as well as Susan Tompkins, John Tompkins and their family. A celebration of Brownie's life will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Estey, Munroe & Fahey Funeral Home, 137 Main St, Candor with Rev. Philip Jordan and Rev. Michael Breunig officiating with burial to follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Calling hours are 10:30 am to 1:30 pm with a Masonic memorial service at 1:30 and services at 2 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Candor Emergency Squad, PO Box 141, Candor NY 13743. Condolences may be made to the family at

Published in Ithaca Journal on Feb. 15, 2013