James K. Brown, age 62, a former Natick resident and longtime teacher with the Natick Public Schools, died early Saturday morning, October 12, 2013, at the Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice Residence in Wayland. Jim had lived in Norwood prior to settling in North Attleborough ten years ago. Born and raised in Natick, he was a son of the late Kenneth J. and Dorothy E. (Conlon) Brown. Jim was a graduate of Saint Patrick's School in Natick and Marian High School in Framingham. He continued his education at Boston State Teacher's College while supporting himself working in the kitchens at Leonard Morse Hospital. Jim was employed for 24 years with the Natick Public Schools. During his tenure there he was a 4th grade teacher at Brown School and later taught 5th grade at Kennedy Middle School. Fifteen years ago he changed the focus of his career to working with the developmentally disabled. Jim has served clients with Riverside Community Care of Needham, Charles River, Inc. of Norwood, and Lifeworks of Norwood and Westwood, working with great enthusiasm in the field. He was a great fan of Boston sports teams and enjoyed vacationing on Cape Cod. The acknowledged "hub" of his family, Jim was the force behind family gatherings and was diligent in remaining connected to family members both near and far. He is survived by a sister, Maureen A. Provost and her husband Armand of Pittston, ME; a brother, Michael Brown and his wife Kathryn of Natick; five nieces, Kathleen, Shauna, Shannon, Katie, and Carolyn; a nephew, Stephen; and many cousins. His funeral will be from the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, Natick, on Thursday, October 17th at 9:00a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Patrick's Church, 44 East Central Street, Natick at 10:00a.m. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday 4 - 7p.m. Donations may be made in Jim's memory to the Miriam Boyd Parlin Residence, c/o Parmenter Community Health Care, 266 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778. For the guest book and directions please visit www.everettfuneral.com.
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Published in Norwood Bulletin from Oct. 14 to Oct. 21, 2013