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Brown, Richard H.

Richard H. Brown, 87, of Vestal and formerly of Owego, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 1, 2016, surrounded by his family. He was born in Sayre on July 8, 1928, to Harry M. and Eva M. Brown. For most of his youth, Richard lived in Endicott, where he graduated from Union-Endicott High School in 1946. While at U-E, he met the love of his life, Dolores M. Battaglini, in ninth grade. Richard also developed his passion for athletics at U-E, winning Triple Cities and Section 4 honors as a sprinter on the varsity track team. Richard enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 1946. He served in Northern Italy as part of the Allied Occupation Forces. He received the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. Richard and Dolores married on June 30, 1951, and shared more than 64 years together. Richard earned a bachelor's degree from Springfield College and a master's degree from Ithaca College. From 1952 to 1983, he was a physical education teacher, coach, and athletic director in the Owego-Apalachin Central School District. At Owego Free Academy, he coached varsity wrestling, football, baseball, and cross-country. In 1984, he was the first OFA coach elected to the Section 4 Hall of Fame. In 2004, he was chosen as an inaugural member of the Owego-Apalachin Wall of Fame. In 2015, he was selected to the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. As a coach and athletic director, Richard was one of the most successful and honored contributors in the long history of OFA athletics. In the words of one sportswriter from 1973, Richard "elevated not only the name of Owego Free Academy into the eyes of the Southern Tier, but he has taught many of our present-day community leaders how to be men and how to be fair and play an honest game." Richard was a man of uncommon integrity, wisdom, and humor. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. Richard was predeceased by his father in 1929, his mother in 1981, and his brother, Harry S. Brown, in 2004. He is survived by his wife, Dolores M. Brown; three children and their spouses: Roger and Suzanne Brown, Cynthia and Joseph Walker, and Kyle and Patricia Brown; four grandchildren: Kristen (Chad) Reinemann, Michael Walker, Patrick Walker, and Elizabeth Brown; and two great-grandchildren: Cooper Reinemann and Kaitlyn Reinemann. He also leaves behind many friends and relatives. A memorial service will be held for Richard on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, in Endicott. Before the memorial service, the family will receive friends and relatives beginning at 10 a.m. A private burial will be at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Owego. Donations may be made in Richard's name to the Tioga County Boys & Girls Club, 201 Erie Street, Owego, NY 13827. Condolences can be shared at

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October 11, 2016
I remember mr. Brown as the AD at OFA . Wonderful person. So sorry for your loss.
Sincerely Mary sierzant jansen. Class of 1981
March 18, 2016
Dear Delores,

Joe Stulir just told me of Dick's passing away. I am very sorry to hear that but I know for sure he is in a better place.

Dick was always a super guy to have as a friend. We were close in many ways while we were growing up. From church to the local pool room to all kinds of sports to school to Boy Scouts to hanging around the local neighborhood in Union to working at the local post office over Christmas vacation to whatever else we chose to do. He was always the perfect gentleman and everyone's friend.
May God Bless you and your family.

Bill Frazer
Bill Frazer
March 3, 2016
Our deepest sympathies of a wonderful patriarch sportsman and even better person. May he rest in peace.
Gary & Susan Vail
March 3, 2016
Roger, Sue and entire Brown family.. Our deepest sympathies on the passing of a wonderful patriarch sportsman and even better person. May he rest in peace .
Gary & Susan Vail
February 5, 2016
We are so sorry for your loss. The world has lost an amazing person, our loss is heaven's gain.
James & Barbara Malone
February 5, 2016
To Delores, Roger, Sue, Kristen and family,
We will remember Dick as a loving husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa! What a blessing he was in all of your lives. Hoping your happy memories will be with you
all through this difficult time.
Carol and Joe Bramante
Joe and Carol Bramante
February 4, 2016
My love to Trish and Kyle and all of your family. Mr. Brown was a really awesome man. I have many fond memories of him. He will be missed.
Jody Fiorini
February 4, 2016
To the Brown family: my deepest sympathies to each of you. Coach was such an excellent example in everything he did. He was truly a class teacher, coach, mentor and a gentleman
Bob Thompson
February 4, 2016
our condolences and prayers to your family in your time of grief
thomas farr
February 4, 2016
My thoughts are with the Brown family. I am sorry for your loss of a wonderful man. Peace to you.
Erin Merrill
February 4, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the Brown family. Dick was a true gentleman and he molded many young people. The world has lost a great man.
Bill Newcomb
February 4, 2016
Our sincere condolences to the Brown family - Mom went to school with Delores and worked at the school with Dick. Always had a hello when we saw him at community events. Always a sharp dresser, too!~

Norma, Fran and Jean Slocum
February 4, 2016
Delores, Roger, Cindy and Kyle,
My thoughts and prayers going out to you all at this difficult time. I'll always remember the great memories of growing up when we were neighbors. May your memories bring comfort to you all. RIP Mr. Brown
Cheri Dunham Porcari
February 3, 2016
Dolores and family,
Our condolences and prayers to you and yours in your time of sorrow and grief.
Richard was a talented man and he will be missed.
He is in the presence of our Lord. "Absent from the body and present in the Lord."
One day we will be joined with our loved ones who went on before us and won't that be a joyous day!

Pat & Scott Ellis Apalachin, N.Y.
Patricia Ellis
February 3, 2016
I am sorry for this significant loss in the Brown Family. You are all in our prayers.
Chaplain Victoria O. Milne
Victoria Milne
February 3, 2016
Delores and the Brown family - So deeply sorry to learn of Dick's passing. I know what he meant to all of you. Ted and Rosemary Colaizzi
Rosemary Colaizzi
February 3, 2016
My deepest sympathy to all of the Brown family. I was blessed to have conversation with Coach at his bedside just a few weeks ago. Great man and a wonderful role model. God speed!
Greg Oliver
February 3, 2016
My deepest condolences to the entire Brown family. I was blessed to see him just a few weeks ago and talk at his bedside. He was a terrific role model for me and a GREAT MAN.
Greg Oliver
February 3, 2016
Dolores & family, our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Patty & Brian Kushner, Peg & Rosalie Salamida
February 3, 2016
Mr. Brown was a true gentleman, a fine teacher and coach, he brought out the best in those around him. God bless. Mike Gulachok
mike gulachok
February 3, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I graduated with Kyle and Mr. Brown was one of the coolest teachers at OFA.
Sherry Curtis/ Pike
February 3, 2016
To the Brown Family: Our love and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God's peace surround you.
Pete & Sandy Mallory
February 3, 2016
My deepest sympathy to the Brown Family.
Dahlia Sonkaya
February 3, 2016
So sad to hear of Coach's passing. He was a true example of what a coach should be. Dedicated to teaching and bringing out the best in others.
Jon Holgate
February 3, 2016
What a class act he was. Deepest sympathies to the entire Brown family.
Bob Kallin
February 3, 2016
Mrs. Brown, Roger, Cindy, Kyle and the Brown Family: It is with a heavy heart that I send my condolences. I was so very lucky to grow up next door to such an incredible man. I have fond memories of my dad and "Mr B" having their almost daily round table chats in the back yard. May all the wonderful memories bring smiles to you all.
Christine Biondolillo-Zades
February 3, 2016
Mr. Brown will be missed. He did a lot for the school and his community and certainly made OFA a wrestling power!
Bill Cornell
February 3, 2016
An outstanding gentleman, leader, and role model who influenced so many of us.
Bruce Layman
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