Gordon William Brown

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Gordon William Brown

March 18, 1928 - October 08, 2018

Gordon William Brown Groveland MA - Gordon W Brown of Groveland, passed away peacefully in his home of 50 years surrounded by family on Monday, October 8, 2018. He was born in Newton on March 18, 1928 but lived and attended high school in Wellesley. Gordon was drafted into the military in 1950 during the Korean War and served 2 years with the 175th Military Police Battalion stationed in Germany. He remained close with many of his platoon mates and helped to organize and later enjoyed attending yearly reunions up until last year at the age of 89. Thanks to the GI Bill, Gordon attended Salem Teachers College where he met the love of his life, Jane (Codwise) Brown. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1958 just before his wedding to Jane. Gordon taught at Endicott Junior College for seven years while also holding other part time jobs and attending Suffolk Law School at night. He then taught at North Shore Community College for 30 years while practicing law in Beverly. Gordon always loved to write and when he began teaching business law, he didn’t like any of the textbooks so he decided to write his own and had many books published over the next decade. While all this was happening, Gordon and Jane were also starting an ever expanding family. They had five children in six years and then one more for good luck seven years later. Family was what mattered most to both Gordon and Jane. Some of their happiest memories were the cross country camping trips taken as a family pulling a trailer to California and back. After so many years of working hard, Gordon cherished his retirement years when he and Jane could spend the winter together in Florida with new and old friends along with children and grandchildren who visited them often. Gordon loved walking on the beach, but also kept busy researching genealogy and writing his memoirs which he published in a 660 page book full of pictures and stories of his amazing life to share with his family and friends. He had the most positive attitude about everything and would give unconditional love to all he knew. He had macular degeneration but never once complained and was always ready with a smile and a joke to brighten your day. He loved to listen to music and dance and as he got older he loved to sit by the fire and say “I can’t hear, I can’t see, I can’t walk but I’m just wonderful!” He felt truly blessed with all that life had given him.
Gordon is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Jane. He also leaves behind two brothers and their wives; Alan and Lois Brown of Natick, MA and Robert and Jacque Brown of San Marcos,Texas and a sister, Natalie Nichols of Hartland, Maine. He is also survived by his six children and their spouses: Steven and Linda Brown of Sandown, NH, Matthew and Jan Brown of Groveland, Deborah and Michael Regan of Cumberland,ME, Jennifer and Harbir Sekhon of Oldsmar, Fla, Timothy and Celeste Brown of Salado, Texas and Dave and Mary Brown of Newburyport. Finally he was blessed with 14 grandchildren, Josh, Kaleigh, Chris, Ryan, Corey, Emily, Connor, Camden, Melanie, Millin, Kurrun, Nicholas and Gabrielle Jane. He was predeceased by his grandson Patrick.
Services will be held on Tuesday Oct 16th at 10:30 a.m. at St James Episcopal church, 121 Washington St in Groveland, where Gordon was a longtime parishioner. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery at 165 Main St in Groveland. There will be a reception and calling hours at Shea’s Riverside Restaurant at 122 Main St in Essex from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St James Episcopal Church in Groveland in Gordon’s memory.
Published on October 11, 2018
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Gail A MacDonald
Oct 19, 2018
Sincere Sympathy In The Loss Of Your Legendary Husband, Father, GrandFather, Friend, Mentor, Teacher, Etc, My Parents so enjoyed your get togethers. Rest In Paradise Mr Gordan Brown
Ann Jones & Harry Perkins
Oct 12, 2018
We are so sorry for the loss of our good neighbor Gordon - but grateful for the many years his smile and good humor and kind heart graced our neighborhood. Our condolences to his lovely family.
Suzanne (Fogwill) Gentles
Oct 12, 2018
Words cannot express the sadness I feel in my heart. But, along with that is the joy I found in knowing Gordon. He contacted me over fifteen years ago after discovering we were third cousins. I never dreamed I had relatives on the east coast. He gave me a feeling of being that I had not felt before. My husband and I made five or six visits back to see Gordon, Jane, Lois and Alan, plus meeting David and Family and Matthew and Family. We loved our visits with the Brown's and I always came home knowing a little more about the Fogwill history than I did before. Thank you so much for that, Gordon. I will miss you dearly but will be forever thankful for knowing your smile, humor, some knowl...edge and your great love for family. May you rest in peace and know the love you have so rightfully earned in such an impressive lifetime. I will never forget you. Love always. SuziRead more
Sandra Dumas
Oct 11, 2018
So sorry of your lost we have been neighbors for 50 years.
Val pierce
Oct 11, 2018
I only knew Gordon for a short time as one of his caregivers but in that short time he and his beautiful wife Jane and their clan made a lasting impression on me both professionally and personally. I looked forward to my visits to the home. It brought me joy to witness the level of unconditional love and respect the entire group had for one another. I loved to see Jane smile even through tears and the highlight of my visits would always be making Gordon laugh with my silly jokes. I will miss them all dearly...especially Gordon..he was a true gentleman. My prayers are with Gordon's family now. I pray for gentle closer and fond memories to light the way for them. I'd heard a good Manhattan was... professor Brown's favorite drink and so here's to you my friend as I raise a toast to a life well lived. You will be missed.💕Read more