Joseph H.'s Story
Joseph H. Brown Jr., 77, a resident of Newburyport, died Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He was born in Newburyport on February 22, 1939, to the late Joseph Sr. and Julia (Flanagan) Brown. He was a graduate of Newburyport High School. He then furthered his education graduating from The College of The Holy Cross with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Accounting. Joseph then enlisted in the United States Air Force and served our country proudly, until his Honorable Discharge in 1963.
Joseph was employed as a claims adjuster for Travelers Insurance Company briefly, followed by his position as Director of the Department of Natural Resources under Massachusetts Governor, Francis W. Sargent. During that time Joseph continued his education graduating from Suffolk University with his Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He concluded his working career at Northern Essex Community College, where he was employed until his retirement in 1998 as the Dean of Administrative Services. He was Dean Emeritus, Administration and Finance for Northern Essex Community College and he was involved with the Massachusetts Board of Regents, where he co-authored the proposal which provided seed funding $266,000 for the establishment of the Lawrence campus (Lawrence Education Employment Project) of Northern Essex Community College.
Joseph was a Member and Treasurer of the Newburyport Waterfront Trust, a former member and Chairperson for the Newburyport Harbor Commission and was instrumental in the development of the first Harbor Plan for the city of Newburyport. He was also a local baseball and hockey coach for many years and loved nothing more than attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. Joseph enjoyed boating, especially on Lake Winnipesaukee, where his family owned a lake home. They also enjoyed snow-birding in Englewood, Florida for 17 years, where he was elected Treasure of the Lakeside Club.
Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Cathy (Adams) Brown of Newburyport; children, Joseph H. Brown IV of Portland, Maine, Daniel Brown and his wife, Christine of Newbury, and Julie Donlan and her husband, Jason of Newburyport; step-children, Kimberly Peirce and her husband, Jeffrey of Stratham, N.H., and Sherry Volpone of Newburyport; 11 grandchildren, Derek Lighthall, Andrew and Kellianne Volpone, Elizabeth, Harrison, and Patrick Brown, Hayley, Joshua, and Cassidy Brown, and Matthew and Kyle Donlan; two great-grandchildren, Stori Dillon and Peyton Lighthall; brother, Richard Brown and his wife, Cynthia of Colorado Springs, Colo.; as well as many nieces and nephews. Joseph was predeceased by his former wife, Dianne (Healey) Brown.
Family and friends may call on Monday, February 6, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High St., Newburyport, MA 01950. Parking available behind the funeral home. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Church in Newburyport. Burial will be private at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joseph’s name to The Pettengill House, 13 Lafayette Road, P.O. Box 5551, Salisbury, MA 01952 or to the Kawasaki Disease Foundation, 9 Cape Ann Circle, Ipswich, MA 01938.
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