August 13, 1927September 29, 2020

Walter J Brown (Brownie) 93, of Framingham passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2020 with his family by his side. Born on August 13, 1927 in Natick, he was the son of John and Florence (Coolidge) Brown. He was the beloved husband of the late Nancy (Hilton) Brown and married for 70 years. Brownie served his country as a veteran of World War II, in the US Army 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division.

Best known as a Jack of All trades, Brownie had an uncanny ability to determine how to fix or build anything. In 1950, he designed and built his family home, where he and his beloved Nancy lived for nearly 70 years. As an accomplished flooring and cabinet builder, he established his own business, Cherry Hill Flooring, and later worked on many projects building exhibits, and historical replicas, two of which are displayed at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Brownie was a talented artist, painting many paintings and creating wood carvings that had a special Rockwell like charm. He also competed in wood carving contests and won many ribbons. He was a dedicated and active member of Grace Congregational Church. He is survived by his sons David and his wife Ronnie, Richard and his wife Laura, daughters Helene Borza and her husband Darrell, and Vicki Wolstencroft and her husband Marty. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Metro West Hospice 200 Nickerson Rd Suite 110 Marlboro, Ma 01752. To sign Walter’s online guest book please visit


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David DeCenzo

October 3, 2020

I met Brownie when my family joined Grace Church, I think I was in fifth grade. He and Nancy were the Sunday School teachers for my age group. Brownie would like you to know that I was the one he always had to pull out from under the table or find me wherever I might be hiding. I know that he'd like that because when I was around him he told everybody that story. I've heard it and corroborated it hundreds of times. I think he told it because it was amusing but I also think he liked that our ties went back to my childhood. I like that, too and never grew tired of that story. When I was around 20 years old Brownie helped me get a job in the hardware store where we worked side by side every day for fourteen years. For me, he exemplified everything that a man should be. He was thoughtful, knowledgeable, caring, selfless, forgiving, patient and tolerant. Although the last two weren't always easy for him, he had Nancy to keep him in check. After especially exasperating days he would come to work and say “Nancy told me to be nice to my people” and he would remind himself of this throughout the day, usually out loud. Most of all he was full of love and pride for his family. I could see it in him when he told me what his kids were up to or how he was helping Dave and Daisy or watching the grandkids. He liked to say the grandchildren gave him a new name, they called him “Papa come here!” There is the family that we are born into, the family that we marry into and if we are lucky enough, we find a family that we grow into through shared experience, love, honor and respect. In that way the Browns have always been my family, even the ones I barely know. I feel like I know and love you all through Brownie and Nancy. Walter will be missed dearly but everyone he touched is better for having known him and I feel extremely fortunate to have known him as Sunday School teacher, fellow parishioner, coworker, close friend and most of all, my family. -David J DeCenzo


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