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Raymond P. Brown

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Raymond P. Brown, 93, of Franklin, died peacefully, Sunday May 27, 2013 at Milford Regional Medical Center following an illness. He was the husband of 69 years to Louise M. (Pellegri) Brown until her passing in 2009.Born August 2, 1919 in Franklin, a son of the late Edward A. and Blanche L. (Hebert) Brown, he was a lifelong Franklin resident. Ray was educated in Franklin schools, and was a graduate of Franklin High School class of 1936. He was the retired owner and operator of the former Browns Service Station on East Central Street in Franklin and Franklin Tire Sales for over 30 years. He served in the United States Army during World War II and attained the rank of Private First Class; he was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged in January 1946. He was a charter member of the Franklin Lions Club, a trustee and past exalted ruler of the Franklin Lodge of Elks, a member of the Franklin Knights of Columbus, a communicant of St. Marys Church, Franklin, a former member of the Franklin Country Club and the Franklin Rod & Gun Club. He treasured time spent with his family, grandchildren, and playing golf. Ray is survived by his children; Robert E. Brown and his wife Donna of Buda, Texas and Rae L. Bethoney and her husband Joseph of Franklin, his grandchildren Jeffrey S., Steven T., & Todd R. Brown, Joseph T. Bethoney, Jr., Douglas P. Bethoney, Ami L. Daley & Traci A. Turinese and 10 great grandchildren. He was the father of the late Pamela M. Grassel and Ellen T. Clement and brother of the late Leo Brown. Also surviving are his dear family members Harry Grassel of Franklin, James Clement of Hopedale and Ann Brown of Bellingham. Relatives and friends attended his funeral Monday June 3rd, at 9:15AM from the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. Franklin, with a funeral Mass in St. Marys Church, 1 Church Sq. at 10AM. Interment followed at the parish cemetery. Calling hours were Sunday June 2nd, from 2-6PM. A Lodge of Sorrow Service by the Franklin Lodge of Elks was held at 5PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rays memory may be sent to St. Marys Church 1 Church Sq. Franklin, MA 02038. Guestbook/directions www.oterifuneralhome.com

Published in The Country Gazette from May 31 to June 8, 2013
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