WILTON — Selectmen presented the first copies of the town’s annual report to family members of the late Earle “Kip” Brown Jr. on Monday at the town office.

Brown served for many years as the town’s road foreman, mostly in the 1960s. Born in 1926, he died in 2012.

He also served on the town’s Recreation Committee and was very active in Woodland Wanderers Snowmobile Club, Selectman Russell Black said.

His wife, Marie, was surprised and momentarily showed her emotions as Selectmen Chairman Terry Brann gave her a copy of the annual report and told her why family members had brought her to the town office.

Sons Eric Brown and wife, Kelley, and Dennis Brown and wife, Maxine, and daughter Joyce Stinchfield also attended the brief presentation. Sons Bruce and Barry were unable to attend.

Brown was in charge of plowing town roads. Once his paved driveway reached the 4-inch mark, he’d call out the road crew, Black said.

There was one major storm in 1969 when Brown called his wife to say he’d be home soon for lunch, she said.

“He came home four days later,” she added. “The lunch was pretty dry by then.”

Selectman Paul Berkey Jr. remembered Brown talking about manually adding salt to the roads. A man was in the back of the truck, poking salt down a port hole with a broomstick or throwing it out, he said.

Brown also did bulldozer work for private citizens. Eric Brown recalled his father’s work on the foundation of what is now Jarden Plastic Solutions building and the Wilton Tannery. He also thought he was involved in work on the Bass building on Weld Road.

A large snowmobile bridge over the stream in East Wilton near the former Backus Garage is dedicated to Kip and Marie Brown, Black said. He is remembered for volunteering for many duties, including trail grooming for the club and the placement of signs along the trails.

Town reports are now available. The annual town meeting is planned for 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, at Academy Hill School, Town Manager Rhonda Irish said.

Selectmen will provide their annual barbecue for residents starting at 5:30 p.m. at the school.

Voting for selectmen and School Board members will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, at the town office, she said.

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