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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Richard L. Brown, 85, of Bradford, formerly of Derrick City, PA

Richard L. Brown

Richard L. Brown, 85, of Bradford, formerly of Derrick City, PA, died on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

He was born on July 5, 1931 in Bradford, he was the son of the late Leo and Kathryn Pearson Brown.

On May 30, 1953, he married Joan Cummings at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church by the Rev. G. Carlton Ritchie. His date of death marked Richard and Joan’s 64th wedding anniversary.

Mr. Brown graduated from Bradford Area High School in 1949 and from Bryant and Stratton Business Institute, Buffalo, NY in 1952.
US Army Veteran

He worked at North Penn Gas Co. in Port Allegany as an accountant until entering the U.S. Army in December 1952, where he was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, until his discharge in December 1954. Sergeant Brown was a Medical Supply Specialist. After his discharge he attended Lock Haven University, graduating in 1957. In 1964 he received his M.S. in Education from St. Bonaventure University.

He worked as a teacher and part-time administrator at Otto-Eldred High School, Duke Center, from 1957 until his retirement in 1988.

Mr. Brown was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, having sung in both the adult and the resurrection choirs. He was a member of the PA State Association of School Retirees, local and state levels.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by three daughters, Cynthia (Dan) Songer of Bradford, Mary (Bob) Maine of Elmira Heights, NY and Nancy (Stephen) Gallagher of Boynton Beach, FL; two sons, Steven Brown of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Charles (Traci) Brown of Erie; one sister, Kathleen Brown of Hollywood, FL; one cousin, Robert Greeley of Tamarac, FL and a special friend, Martha Lauzon of Hollywood, FL; seven grandchildren, Melanie, Karen, Kristen, Anna, Sean, Kayley and Amanda; eight great grandchildren, Ryan, CJ, Cole, Meghan, Carter, Colby, Christian and Ariyah and one nephew, David Cummings.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Saturday at the St. Bernard Catholic Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata as celebrant.

Burial and committal services will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

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Anonymous said...

Rest in peace, Mr. Brown. You were a fine educator.

Anonymous said...

RIP Mr. Brown you was a great teacher and mentor, you will be missed greatly. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

Anonymous said...

RIP Mr. Brown. tha k you for always being there for us with an open ear and quick witt

Anonymous said...

RIP Mr.Brown strict fun teacher that even made English Lit fun.I still talk about it to this day.prayers for the family

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful man and teacher. He made you want to Mr. Brown

Anonymous said...

RIP Mr. Brown, you were one of my favorite Teachers. Thoughts and prayers going out to his loving Family.

Anonymous said...

RIP Mr. Brown, you exemplified what it meant to be a teacher. You left a lasting impression on everyone you came in contact with and, will be remembered with fondness and great respect by your former students. Sending prayers of comfort and peace to your loved ones.
O-E '80

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace, Mr. Brown. You were the best teacher ever and you were a great counselor and friend. My admiration for you is boundless. Thank you for making my academic life so wonderful!