A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

We would love for you to join us in celebrating Michael's life after the Commital Service with a High Tea in the Oakwood Room at the Valley of the Sun Mortuary on Tuesday October 12th around noon.
OBITUARY

Michael John Raymond Brown

October 22, 1935October 5, 2021
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Michael Brown came into the world as a blessing on October 22, 1935 in London, England. After spending his early years in Dublin with his loving mother Kitty and Grandmother, he returned to London at the age of 11 to reunite with his elder brothers Basil and Dick briefly before health issues compelled him to recoup in Switzerland for the next two years.

After recouping he returned to London and continued his education at a boarding school and apprenticed for seven years (as was the norm then) to successfully complete the examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Michael became a proud father to his son Richard soon after his marriage to Anne before receiving a letter of commission signed by Her Majesty the Queen to bravely serve his country in Germany. After his return, Michael was presented with an opportunity to work for the Blue Cross Blue Shield in America, so along with his family they decided to cross the great Atlantic and set their roots here.

Love and joy were conferred on Michael again when he first met the love of his life Joann on May 4, 1994. Realizing they had met their soul mates they solidified their commitment to each other and God after brief courtship on September 20, 1997.

Be it volunteering with the Knights of Columbus or being an active member of Our Lady of Knock Catholic Church, in IL or singing with St. Stephen's choir, and the Sun Lakes Chorale here in Arizona, his faith was an integral part of his life and legacy.

Michael and Joann decided to live their golden years closer to friends and family in Sun Lakes, Arizona while making memories traveling all over the world. He was particularly keen about playing bridge, trivia and golf besides all the indelible evenings of happy hour cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Their annual St. Patrick's Day parties were always something to look forward to.

Grandpa Michael was the highlight of his grandchildren's lives whom he doted and adored.

Michael lived a full life and found eternal peace on October 5, 2021 reuniting with his beloved parents Fred and Kitty along with his brothers and favorite Aunt Kiki whom he missed tremendously.

Michael is survived by the love of his life Joann (wife), Richard (son), Mary (Daughter in law), James and family (nephew), Claire and family (niece), and Joann’s children Sid (son), Kathy (daughter in law), Mary Eileen (daughter), Ubaid (Son in Law) and three beautiful grandchildren Sophia (Richard & Mary), Aara (Mary Eileen & Ubaid) and Zenadeen (Mary Eileen & Ubaid)

Visitation at Valley of the Sun mortuary will be on Monday October 11, 2021 from 4p - 7p. Followed by a funeral mass at St. Benedict Catholic Church on Tuesday October 12, 2021 at 10a.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, October 11, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021

  • Commital Service

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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Biography

Michael Brown came into the world as a blessing on October 22, 1935 in London, England. After spending his early years in Dublin with his loving mother Kitty and Grandmother, he returned to London at the age of 11 to reunite with his elder brothers Basil and Dick briefly before health issues compelled him to recoup in Switzerland for the next two years.

After recouping he returned to London and continued his education at a boarding school and apprenticed for seven years (as was the norm then) to successfully complete the examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Michael became a proud father to his son Richard soon after his marriage to Anne before receiving a letter of commission signed by Her Majesty the Queen to bravely serve his country in Germany. After his return, Michael was presented with an opportunity to work for the Blue Cross Blue Shield in America, so along with his family they decided to cross the great Atlantic and set their roots here.

Love and joy were conferred on Michael again when he first met the love of his life Joann on May 4, 1994. Realizing they had met their soul mates they solidified their commitment to each other and God after brief courtship on September 20, 1997.

Be it volunteering with the Knights of Columbus or being an active member of Our Lady of Knock Catholic Church, in IL or singing with St. Stephen's choir, and the Sun Lakes Chorale here in Arizona, his faith was an integral part of his life and legacy.

Michael and Joann decided to live their golden years closer to friends and family in Sun Lakes, Arizona while making memories traveling all over the world. He was particularly keen about playing bridge, trivia and golf besides all the indelible evenings of happy hour cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Their annual St. Patrick's Day parties were always something to look forward to.

Grandpa Michael was the highlight of his grandchildren's lives whom he doted and adored.

Michael lived a full life and found eternal peace on October 5, 2021 reuniting with his beloved parents Fred and Kitty along with his brothers and favorite Aunt Kiki whom he missed tremendously.

Michael is survived by the love of his life Joann (wife), Richard (son), Mary (Daughter in law), James and family (nephew), Claire and family (niece), and Joann’s children Sid (son), Kathy (daughter in law), Mary Eileen (daughter), Ubaid (Son in Law) and three beautiful grandchildren Sophia (Richard & Mary), Aara (Mary Eileen & Ubaid) and Zenadeen (Mary Eileen & Ubaid)

Visitation at Valley of the Sun mortuary will be on Monday October 11, 2021 from 4p - 7p. Followed by a funeral mass at St. Benedict Catholic Church on Tuesday October 12, 2021 at 10a.