George J. Brown, Jr., 90, passed away peacefully on Monday morning, June 17, 2013 at his home. George was a third generation lifelong resident of East Providence (Wannamoisett Road). He was the son of George Sr. and Genevieve (Sousa) Brown formerly of Brightridge Avenue. He attended Brightridge Ave Middle School and graduated from East Providence High School in 1940 where he was a member of the State Champion wrestling team. George then served in the U.S. Air Force in World War II as a crew chief/navigator on the B-26 Maurader with tours in the European theater as well as towing targets in Brownsville, Texas. He also served in the Korean War. Upon return, George was a pressman for the Providence Journal for 45 years.
George enjoyed many activities including building and designing arts and crafts, metal and woodworking, mineral and gem hunting/collecting, swimming, travel and motor-homing, WWII Aircraft museums, kayaking, skiing, and especially cribbage and hi-lo-jack card competitions. He was also an avid wrestling and boxing fan. He was a member of the RI Mineral Hunters Association and enjoyed sharing his knowledge by visiting with the local elementary school students. He was an avid designer, inventor and craftsman. He embraced responsible recycling and sustainability practice years ahead of its popularity. But most of all, he was very proud of his sons, grandchildren and their accomplishments.
Upon retirement, he was an active member of the Rhode Island Pressman’s Association and the East Providence Senior Center, where he played competitive matches and tournaments right up to his passing. Dad/Grandpa Brown celebrated a beautiful Father’s Day on Sunday in good health with his loving family.
He is survived firstly by his loving and devoted Wife, Doris (Dambruch) Brown, their four sons: Dr. George J. Brown III also of East Providence, Dr. David A. Brown and wife Susan of Barrington, Jeffrey J. Brown and wife Sara of Barrington, and Paul J. Brown and wife Karen of Smithfield and his nine grandchildren Colton, Austin, Alexander, Kannetha, Nina Brown, Bridget and Camille Palm, and Jennifer & Lauren Scarborough. He also leaves a sister, Veronica Jamiel of Ft. Lauderdale and her children Adrienne (and husband Rubin), Dyana, and Michael (and wife Paula).
Calling hours are Wednesday, June 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Perry-McStay Funeral Home in East Providence. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, June 20 at 11 a.m. at Saint Martha’s Church in East Providence followed by a burial service at the Gates of Heaven Cemetery.