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George Rowland Brown Jr.


1926 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
George Rowland Brown Jr. Obituary
September 14, 1926 to May 31, 2018 After living a full life for almost 92 years, mostly in Old Saybrook, Ct. George died the last day of May. Born in New Haven, Ct. to a Railroad worker and the daughter of New Haven Police Chief Kelley his family moved to Brooklyn, New York where he grew up attending Las Salle Academy. At the early age of 17 he moved to his grandparents in New London, Ct. where he worked for a short while for EB building submarines. At 17 he gained parental permission to enlist in the U.S. Navy and served until the end of WW II. He enrolled at Fort Trumbull to start college where he later completed his electrical engineering degree at UConn in 1950. He was called back to active duty in the Korean war and served again in the US Navy aboard the USS Loeser. He has continued to be involved in that alumni group, as the ship also was commissioned during the Viet Nam War. Thus he continued his membership in the VFW and the American Legion, where he recently served as Commander of the Old Saybrook post. In 1949 he married Mary Wyda and was happily married until she died in 1999. Surviving are two of his three children, David and Audrey Brown. His eldest daughter Marjorie graduated from Old Saybrook High School, but she predeceased him about 6 years ago. George, is also the eldest one in his family of five: James Brown, U.S Marines and Alice Miller predeceased him. Mary Lougee of Raleigh North Carolina and Walter Brown U.S. Army of Wilhemsdorf Germany remain. Also much loved by George are his two grandsons, Aaron and David Szerlip and his great grandchildren Jake and Aria. Recent additions to his family, also much loved, are his step daughter Patricia Taylor and step son Scott Taylor as well as step grandaughters: Stephanie Ruest, Heather Hawkins and Amber Taylor and stepson Timothy Taylor. Their children include: Sean Ryan McNally, Olivia, Brian and Conard Ruest, Madisyn Taylor, Julia Nevins, Ava and Timothy Taylor Jr. A few highlights of his life reveal his joy and compassion for others. Graduating from UConn in 1950 as a retiring veteran he spent 8 years as a UConn alumni trustee and helped develop the UConn Health Center in Farmington; He continued on with support for UConn sports being a co chair of the funding effort to build the Gampel Basketball Center. He also supported the arts by being a proud Jorgensen co-star. His special interests in sports went beyond basketball (where he assisted in support of the women's program with the advent of Title IX) to become involved with Baseball Coach Penders, as well as helping Soccer Coach Joe Morrone. Having played baseball himself the game was his passion. The New York Yankees won his heart for more than 40 years. However as a New Englander his second favorite team became the Red Sox. Having married a second time to Suzanne Taylor he joined her skiing passion by learning how to snow shoe and so they enjoyed many winters and summers in Vermont. His love of Old Saybrook found him involved in various activities to support the town by chairing the Ethics Committee and working with his church of St. Mark's where he was on the Parish Council and became a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. He continued to be affiliated with his old ship the USS Loeser by attending annual reunions around the U.S. East Coast. The old ship eventually became refitted a third time for the Viet Nam War. He also enjoyed participating as grand marshal in the Saybrook Memorial Day Parades. His support of US military was evident in his life membership in the VFW and the American Legion where he became the commander of the Old Saybrook Legion Post. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Mark's Church in Westbrook, Ct. on June 30th at 11 a.m. followed by a luncheon get together for "old friends". All are welcome. His faith in humanity and goodness always prevailed as he asked that we love one another. Donations in his name to are encouraged or just a good deed.
Published in The Hartford Courant on June 6, 2018
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