PORTLAND — Leslie Elwin Brown, “Les,” 77, of Dryden, died Friday evening, Aug. 25, at Maine Medical Center where he had been a patient for a week.

He was born Aug. 10, 1940 in Portland, a son of George L. and Florence (Raymond) Brown. He was a 1959 graduate of Fryeburg Academy and continued his education, earning a degree in agriculture from the University of Maine at Orono.

In 1971 he married Susan Bulger of Mexico at the Dixfield Congregational Church.

For 46 years, Les was employed at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Farmington, working in the warehouse and delivery department, and retiring as sales manager. He also was employed part time as a cook at Irving’s on Rte. 2.

Les believed strongly in service to others. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge 2430 of West Farmington, serving five times as exalted ruler. He was a longtime member of the Wilton Masonic Lodge 156 and served the town of Wilton as a selectperson for many years. He was also an EMT for the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance. He was also a Boy Scouts Committee member.

He enjoyed playing the lottery, beano and going to the casino with his granddaughter, Tanya. He enjoyed time with family and friends and will be remembered for his love of karaoke.

As said by his beloved wife of 46 years, Sue, “Everyone who knew Les loved his sense of humor.”

He also is loved by his children, William M. Brown and his wife, Sarah, of Detroit, Maine, Christopher J. Brown of Dryden, and Nancy Gilmore of Ashburnham, Mass.; three sisters, Doris Clark and Carol Brooks of Fryeburg, and Helen Wildes; a brother, Kenny Brown of Fryeburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Malcolm, Roy, Jimmy, George and “Pete”; and sister, Jeannette Strout.

Leslie E. Brown

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