Richard Brown
200 John Knox Road
Tallahassee, FL
Richard Burton Brown

Richard Burton Brown, age 50, of Tallahassee, Florida passed away suddenly on May 30, 2015 from injuries sustained in an accident while working on a friend's farm.

Rich was born on August 17, 1964 to David and Joanne Brown in Ft. Benning, Georgia. Rich graduated from Leon High School and received a degree in Mathematics from The Citadel in 1986. He honorably served as a Captain and paratrooper in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division for 10 years including 4 years in Germany. Following his military service, he joined Morgan Stanley in Tallahassee as a Vice President Financial Advisor for 20 years.

Rich married his college sweetheart and best friend, Karin Fontanesi Brown in 1988. Rich is survived by his wife Karin; son, Sgt. Joshua Brown; daughters, Emily Brown and Hayley Brown, all of Tallahassee; parents, David and Joanne Brown, of Tallahassee; sister Cathy Brown Boortz of Jacksonville, and a large and loving extended family.

Rich was active in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and The Citadel Alumnae. He lived life to the fullest with a spirit of adventure and enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, and FSU football. Rich was devoted to his beloved family; a trusted advisor and a treasured friend to many. His kind and loving spirit will be deeply missed and cherished in our hearts.

A memorial mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 624 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308 at 2:00 pm on Thursday, June 4. There will be a reception in the church hall following the mass. Contributions in memory of Rich may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Elizabeth Chambers of Bevis Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements (850-385-2193,

Published by Tallahassee Democrat on Jun. 2, 2015.
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It’s hard to believe yet another year has passed ... Rich was a neighbor & friend of Jim Tomberlin who introduced me to Rich, great , fun guy no doubt I think I’ll visit my special room in “my garage” like Rich had for some “ CHILL N’ DWELL TIME “ in Rich’S honor. R.I.P. RICH
David Sorensen
May 27, 2021
I still laugh regularly at the truly funny man Rich was and continue to miss him.
Jimmy Smith
May 27, 2019
so sorry to hear about Rich. I enjoyed his friendship at The Citadel. all the best to his family
Ed Venezia
September 9, 2015
I knew Rich at The Citadel and served with him as a Senior Class Board of Director. He was a genuine person, full of life and a great sense of humor. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Britt Poston
September 4, 2015
I regret not hearing about his death until today (6/15) or we would have attended his funeral services. I just put the following on the neighborhood list. "Dear neighbors,

I just learned today that Rich Brown was killed May 30 by a freak accident where a tree fell on mim while he was helping a friend do some work.

Some of you may remember him and his family. He continued to handle one of our retirement accounts and I had just spoken to him a couple of weeks ago and we exchanged family updates. He told me that daughter Emily is working at Temple Israel pre-school where wife Karen also works part time. Josh (23 or 24) is now a Sgt at Tt Drum NT. Hayley (maybe 20) just finished Freshman year at College of Charleston.

He will be sorely missed as friend, advisor, fellow FSU football fan, and someone willing to argue politics with me.
Joseph and Shirley Cain
June 15, 2015
We are so very sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Daran & Ava O'Hollearn
June 15, 2015
My heart felt condolences.I will miss him.
Dale Wetmore
June 13, 2015
I was so shocked and saddened to learn of Rich's untimely death, but not surprised at all that he was helping a friend when the accident occured. I only knew him as my financial advisor but also thought of him as a friend because of his kindness. My deepest sympathies to all his family. Now I need to go have a good cry.
Kathie George
June 9, 2015
To the Brown family Richard will be missed
NICOLE holland
June 7, 2015
Joanne, we are deeply saddened by the passing of your beloved son, Rich. May his love for life and for you and all his family, fill your heart and lift you up as you go forward, and may God's healing mercy comfort you at this time and always.
In His name,
The Leparulo family
William and Rosie Leparulo
June 4, 2015
David and Joanne, please know you and your family are in our prayers and thoughts at this tragic time. Denny and Toosie Williamson.
June 4, 2015
Sorry for your loss. Thoughts for you.
Sarah Fitzgerald
June 4, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family.
joan holland
June 4, 2015
Karin and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Carol Lowhorn - Emerson
June 4, 2015
Karin & Family- So sorry to hear about Rich! We so enjoyed seeing yall on our trips to Tallahassee and AP. Sending love and prayers from Tampa Jennifer & Duncan McMillan
Jennifer McMillan
June 4, 2015
So sorry to hear about this, Rich was full of life and a great friend, we will miss you! I am thinking about the entire family on this very sad day, peace be with you all.
Bryant Withers
June 4, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you
Brandy Luce
June 4, 2015
Karin, there are no words. I love you and your beautiful family with all my heart.

~Katy Prince
Katy Prince
June 4, 2015

So sorry for yours and your family loss. Wishing you all peace to bring comfort and courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. My You are in my prayers and thoughts. With love and hugs, Shanna
Shanna Paulette
June 3, 2015
Cathy, I am so sorry about Rich. I am praying for you and your family. You know he was very special to me. Miss you.
Lisa LaMee
June 3, 2015

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hugs!
Kim Leighton
June 3, 2015
Karin, I am so very sorry for your loss, as well as your children's loss. My deepest sympathies are with you. You have many people holding you up right now, family, friends, but know that your Florida High family is there too. We love you.
Darlene Gordon Cartwright
June 3, 2015
Our hearts go out to the Brown family during this time. May the kindness you've always shown our son and our family come back to you 1,000 fold, and may the love of friends and family wrap you in support. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Gilliam Family, Adam, Liz and Andre
June 3, 2015
Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Brown family during this most difficult time.
Dale and Linda Croy
June 3, 2015
My heartbreaks for Ms Karin, Ms Emily and the rest of the Brown family. You are in our thoughts. -Catherine, Terry, Paige & Colin Taylor
Catherine Taylor
June 3, 2015
Words seem inadequate to express the sorrow I feel for you at the loss of Richard. My heart goes out to you in this time of sadness.
Elaine Folmar McConnell
June 3, 2015
Carole and I would like to extend our most sincere sympathies
Leslie Goldsmith
June 3, 2015
It is with great sadness, I read about Rick's death. I am in Virginia preparing to bury my husband in Arlington National Cemetery on June 5th so I share your sadness in many ways. He was a fine person and I will miss his advice. Betty Sellers
June 3, 2015
Joanne and David - please accept our condolences- I know there are no words are adequately express the debth of your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Billy and Laurie Satterfield
June 3, 2015
So sorry about your loss
Tim Peary
June 3, 2015
To Karin and the entire Brown family, I feel at such a loss in expressing the sentiments I feel in your losing Rich. His laugh, smile, and keen sense of humor will always live on in my heart. Find strength in all the wonderful times you shared with our fun loving Rich. He will be missed...
jane olson
June 3, 2015
Ken and I are so sorry for your loss. Rich was always smiling and happy and we always knew we were going to have fun when his boat pulled up to the Tiki. Our hearts go out to Karin and all of Rich's family. He will be missed.
Bonnie Stelzenmuller
June 3, 2015
Our hearts are with your family, Ms. Karin and Ms. Emily.
The Boldman Family
June 3, 2015
Rich had a unique way about looking at life. I have many fond memories playing golf, fishing and working in the Army with Rich. Rich was a very positive and happy person, and he will be greatly missed. From us to all the Brown family our greatest sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Wendel & Liz Quon
June 3, 2015
To Cathy Brown Boortz, a special note of love for you. I have so many fond memories of you & Rich together as brother & sister and will be thinking of you often in the days ahead. We will miss him forever.
Bill Wadsworth
June 3, 2015
Joanne, David and family, I am so very sorry for this terrible tragedy. I did not know Rich, but I know how much he was loved. I know God will give you strength and peace through your grief. You are in my prayers.
Mary Ann Miller
June 3, 2015
I miss you Rich. You brought life and fun to everyone around you. Love you forever. To Karin, Josh, Emily, Hayley, Joanne and David we all need to help each other be strong, and we will. Your dad, your husband, your son, my nephew & friend will always be in our hearts. Our lives are fuller & richer for the better because of Rich. His spark of life will forever be inside us to help us thru this until we can get to the stage of full laughter & smiles at all that he was, all that he IS still inside us, and knowing that he is watching over us right now.
Bill Wadsworth
June 3, 2015
There are no words to ease your pain but please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Donna Davidge
June 3, 2015
Karin, Emily and family, Our heart breaks for your loss. Know that our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. You are loved. Ali, Dave & Madi Meyers
Alissa Meyers
June 2, 2015
God bless my friend Rich - my thoughts and prayers to Karin and the family.

with Love

Spence Ebeling
June 2, 2015
Our family send our sincere sympathy for your loss. We extend our love and prayers.
Drew and Joanne Maholanyi
June 2, 2015
Rich was such a vivacious person, full of life, thoughtful, sincere and of course, the life of a gathering. He made me think with some of his serious conversations and laugh so hard at his antics. Rich was truly one of a kind. Karin, you and your family are in my heart and prayers. Praying for God's peace in the midst of a storm.
Melissa Wright
June 2, 2015
Joanne and family:
We are shocked and saddened by the news. It was just the other day that we were talking with Rich. We are praying for you all in this very difficult time.
Rob and Denise Vandiver
June 2, 2015
Miss Emily, Miss Karin and family,
we are so so very sorry about your heartbreaking loss and we are sending our love to accompany you during the coming difficult weeks and months. I hope you know how loved you are by all the families and kids at Temple Israel! May you find some peace during this time of grief and loss! Love, the Kolar family
June 2, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the Brown family. May you feel Jesus's loving arms around you giving you love and peace.
Rosemary Andree
June 2, 2015
So sorry for your loss.
Frances Eubanks Gray
June 2, 2015
Joanne and David: I am so terribly saddened at the loss of your dearly loved son. May God wrap His healing arms around you and provide you and your family with His love during this most difficult time. Lean on your family, friends, and classmates whenever you need to. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you.
Carol Nunn Midler
June 2, 2015
Karin, remember the night at our house Rich came around the corner on my kid's battery powered John Deere Gator? Good times. Many, many, many good times were spent with RB. We will surely miss him.
Jimmy Smith
June 2, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Daisy Yanez
June 2, 2015
David,Joanne,Cathy and the whole Brown family our hearts are broken to learn of the passing of Ritch. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Earl and Treva Boortz
June 2, 2015
Everyone here at Meena's are sad to hear about the news of our friend, Rich Brown. We were honored to have met him, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Meena's Salon
June 2, 2015
June 2, 2015
Debbie and I are truly shocked and saddened by Rich's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family for comfort and healing.
Paul Self
June 2, 2015
My heart is broken for you and your family Karin. I know the pain of losing family, but I can't imagine what you must be going through. Love & light.
Kelly Parker Badeau
June 2, 2015
Joanne and David and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Cannot imagine the heartache you are going through. I am quite convinced that something very grand lies beyond and that our souls and sprits live on.
George Parker
June 2, 2015
Rich always had a kind word and an open heart. He loved his family dearly and always took the time when we saw each other to ask how my family was doing. He was a true gentleman and a genuinely beautiful person. He is and will always be missed.
Doug Sunshine
June 2, 2015
Joanne.... Our thoughts and prayers to you and the family. Classmate Robin Hood Davidson and her sister Sandra Hood Walker
Sandy Walker
June 2, 2015
Many prayers to the Brown family. I will remember fondly his contagious smile and humor!
June 2, 2015
June 2, 2015
I consider Rich a true friend - fun to be around, always a smile on his face, great sense of humor. I'm so glad our paths crossed again a couple years back at Posey's. Karin, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Gill Erwin
June 2, 2015
Rich made many, many people laugh over the years. He will be sorely missed. Blessings to the Brown family. You all remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Mark Trafton
June 2, 2015
Rich was kind, patient and generous; and a good friend to those he loved. I will pray for his family in this season of grief and loss.
Tim Harrison
June 2, 2015
The memories of his kindness, smile & laughter will never be forgotten. His family & friends will be in our hearts, thoughts & prayers.
Jon Spreitzer
June 2, 2015
Rich was a great example of how to be a human being. My sincere condolences to all his family and friends. Gone but NEVER forgotten.
Forrest Watson
June 2, 2015
So incredibly sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Brian Burns
June 2, 2015
So so sorry. A shocking discovery today. May God give you nights of peaceful, healing sleep; fresh courage each morning and days strengthened by the love and care of family and friends. Most sincerely and with love, Pat Shaffer
Pat Shaffer
June 2, 2015
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