Walter T. "Ted" Brown
August 18, 1915 – February 4, 2013
Mr. Walter T. “Ted” Brown, age 97, of Lynn, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2013 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House. He was the husband of Barbara (Porteous) Brown. Born in Salvage, Newfoundland, he was the son of the late Thomas and Sarah (Oldford) Brown. He attended Lynn English High School. Walter served his country proudly in World War II as a Tech. Sgt. in the U.S. Army 262nd Infantry 66th Division, Company F. He was a survivor of the SS Leopoldville disaster on December 24, 1944, when it was sunk by a German submarine crossing the English Channel on their way to the Battle of the Bulge. Of the 2200 men on board, 802 men died and 650 were injured. After his service to his country, he worked for Lisson-Melon Co. for a number of years before going to tech school to learn the machinist trade. He worked at General Products & Gear in Lynn as a foreman for many years and then Goral Machine in Rowley until his retirement. Ted was a member of St. Stephen’s Memorial Episcopal Church and the VFW Post #9146 in Cohasset. He was well known in Lynn as a speaker during Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day Ceremonies, most recently at Classical High School in November of last year. He loved to play solitaire and was an avid sports fan. In addition to his wife with whom he shared 71 years of marriage, he is survived by his children, Walter T. Brown, Jr. of Ossipee, NH and Barbara McHugh of Groveland; five grandchildren, Walter T. Brown III, Bryan Douglas, Kristie (Douglas) Bauters, David Brown and Karyn McHugh; six great grandchildren, Ashliey Wasson, Kyle Linck, Kara Linck, Devin Douglas, David Bauters and Cindy Bauters. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Walter was predeceased by his daughter, Wendy (Douglas) McNaughton and six siblings, Martin Brown, Frederick Brown, Nigel Brown, Mary Manuel, Edith Collins and Mildred Nielson. Walter’s Memorial Service will be held in the CUFFE-MCGINN FUNERAL HOME, 157 Maple St. Lynn on Thursday at 1:00PM. Relatives and friends invited. Visitation will precede the Service from 11:00AM-1:00PM. Burial will be in the World War II Veteran’s Section of Pine Grove Cemetery. Walter was an avid fundraiser for the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC and raised many thousands of dollars for the building of this memorial. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to Friends of the National World War II Memorial, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Suite 304, Washington, DC or to the Salvation Army, 1 Franklin St. Lynn, MA 01902.
- Memorial Visitation Thursday, February 7, 2013
- Memorial Service Thursday, February 7, 2013
Walter T. "Ted" Brown
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February 10, 2013
It was a great experience to meet Walter at The White House Commission On Rememberance Ceremony on November 15,2004 at Arlington National Cemetary. He was in my Uncle Henry's Company F. Henry's body was never recovered and his Mother, Belle,
prayed for his return until she passed in 1969. Walter was very comforting and provided insight into the life of Company F. I had the honor to lead him to the World War II Memorial after the ceremony.
February 7, 2013
Dear Mr. Brown: Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us at Classical High School. I am a teacher and a fellow veteran of the Viet Nam era and salute you for your dedicated service. Now that "Taps" is blown for the final time, I wish you God's speed and I'll see you around Heaven some time. Thanks again for all that you did! Peter K. Spiers.
February 5, 2013
Uncle Ted was a real hero during the Leopoldville sinking, helping save the lives of soldiers who jumped into the water, timing their leap as their ships bobbed up and down. He admired his army captain who died in the disaster and persistantly worked until a major medal was awarded to the officer. That captain's granddaughter has visited Ted several times in appreciation for his successful efforts. Ted was interviewed by TV stations from Germany, Japan, and by a young high school neighbor of his and was recognized by local newspapers and politicians in many ways. He was my mother Edith Collins' favorite brother and , although I am living in Oregon, I have had a wonderful relationship with him, in person and by phone, agreeing most of the time in our political views and in the assessment of our favorite topic, the Red Sox. His memory and thought processes were totally normal up to the end. My wife and I will miss him greatly. WWII kept him from any further formal education but his faithful and strong reunions with his fellow veterans took the place of any post-college friendship.
Calvin J. Collins, MD (retired surgeon)
February 5, 2013
Uncle Ted was one of the most gallant man I knew. His contribution in helping families find peace, knowing their family member, on the Leopoldville. was a hero.
I live in Reading, MA and last May, Uncle Ted took my brother, who was visiting from Oregon, his wife and myself, to lunch at a restaurant. At 96 years old, his mind was more alert with remembering his past military experiences, than a lot of younger men. He was a true, dedicated and proud American and I will miss him.
The Staff of Cuffe McGinn Funeral Home
February 4, 2013
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.