Robert A.'s Story
Robert A. Brown, age 91, lifelong Newburyport resident, passed quietly at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers early Wednesday morning with his family by his side.
Born in Newburyport, July 28, 1925, he was one of two children of the late John A. and Beatrice M. (Toof) Brown and was a graduate of Newburyport High School, Class of 1943. As an expert machinist, he had worked at Towle Manufacturing in Newburyport for 13 years, followed by 30 years at Omega Labs in Rowley.
During World War II he served with the American Field Services, an all civilian volunteer force, with the British Army, stationed in India and Burma, serving near the front lines along allied soldiers. He was awarded the 1939 to 1945 Star and Burma Star from the British Defense Ministry and was recently granted veteran status for his service in the war.
"Brownie," as he was known by many, was a member of St. John’s Lodge A.F.& A.M. of Newburyport, where he received his 60-year member pin. He was a familiar face in Newburyport, always had a kind word or story to share, and was a town historian.
In addition to his longtime companion, Elaine “Tiny” Veinot of Newburyport, he leaves behind his children, William A. Brown, Richard L. Brown, Elizabeth Green, and Karen Cahoon Clark; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; his brother, William J. Brown; along with several generations of nieces and nephews, extended family members and many dear friends. He was predeceased by a daughter, Susan Reed Moulton, who died in 1987.
His life’s legacy was one of love, caring, sharing, and helping family, friends, neighbors and strangers who became friends. From his winning smile to the spark in his beautiful blue eyes, once you met "Brownie," you never forgot him. He will be truly missed by all who knew him, especially his friends at the Sullivan Building and down on the boardwalk.
Visiting hours will be Monday, October 17, 2016, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport. Masonic Services will be conducted by St. John’s Lodge at the funeral home on Monday at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be private for the family.
Published on  October 14, 2016