Gerald R. Brown
1932 – 2009
RUMFORD — Gerald R. “Brownie” Brown, 77, died Wednesday, July 29, at his home in Rumford of cancer-related complications and with his loving family by his bedside.
A lifelong resident of Rumford, he was born on Feb. 28, 1932, in Rumford, the son of John A. and Rena (Learned) Brown. He graduated from Stephen’s High School in 1950, and served in the Navy from 1950 to 1954.
He married Marjorie J. Roy on Nov. 19, 1955, in Rumford, and had four sons, Robert, Darryl, Glenn and Daniel.
Employed for nearly four decades at the paper mill in Rumford, “Brownie” spent his early years working as a welder before going on to become maintenance foreman on No. 15 paper machine, retiring from that position in 1991.
He was an active member of the American Legion Post 24, VFW Post 1641, and DAV.
In his spare time, he enjoyed sports, gardening, making improvements to his home of 32 years on Wyman Hill Road, woodworking, making clocks, furniture and flag cases for people and was always quick to point out that he was happiest when just “dubbing around” the house or his workshop.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marjorie of Rumford; sons, Darryl and wife, Sharon, of Newington, N.H., Glenn of Jackson, N.H., and Daniel of Jay; brother, Richard and wife, Eunice, of Toms River, N.J.; granddaughters, Lauren and Renee of Newington, N.H.; cousin, Shirley Learned of Bridgton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Velma Wood; and son, Robert Brown Feb. 3, 2008.
Heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nurses of VA facilities in Togus and West Roxbury, Mass., Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice and Rumford Hospital for their outstanding service to Gerald and his family as well as countless friends and neighbors for their loving support and well wishes.

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