OBITUARY

Richard J. Brown

February 7, 1940January 17, 2021

Richard J. Brown was reunited with his savior on January 18, 2021 at St. Josephs Hospital in Syracuse NY. Richard was born to Richard Samuel Brown and Doris Janet Locy on February 7, 1940. He lived with his Mom and Dad and two sisters on a small farm in Winthrop. He attended St. Lawrence Central School and graduated in 1958. Richard is survived by his wife of 30 years, Janet Russell Brown, four children, James(and Shannon) Brown of Oklahoma, Shawn (and Lisa) Brown of Malone, Doris (and William) Girard of Windsor Ontario, Shane Brown of Niskayuna, NY, two step children, Kyle (and Shawnna) Jones of Potsdam, NY, Marci (and Vincent) Tanzini of Endicott, NY, two sisters, Janice (and Max) Hess of Waterloo, NY and Pat Marsh of Winthrop, NY. He also leaves behind grandchildren Jesse Brown (and Samuel) of Toledo OH, Jacob (and Kelly) Brown of Dundee MI, Corey Brown of Kirkland WA., Desire Brown of Birmingham AL., Zachary McGregor Jones of Massena, NY, Kaula (and Joe) Moore of OH, Samantha (and Jake) Zaworski of FL, Evin (and Alicia) Trinque of FL, Shea and Cooper Jones of Potsdam, NY and 12 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his daughter Lynanne Brown, his grandson Jared Brown, and his stepson, Daniel Jones. After graduation from high school Richard held various jobs in the metal and steel industry honing his skills as a welder. His last employment was at Alcoa Industries in Massena NY as a general mechanic and master welder. He retired from Alcoa in or around 2005. Richard spent the better part of his life in service to his community as a volunteer firefighter and lifetime member of the St. Lawrence County Underwater Recovery Team. His 45-year commitment to Hannawa Falls Fire Department serving as 1st asst. and Chief of the department throughout his years and serving as Divemaster to the St. Lawrence County Underwater Recovery Team for 25 years earned him many accolades and gained him much love and respect from his volunteer brothers and sisters. Richard loved the fire service, his team members who became a second family and the many years he spent as Divemaster to a special team of dedicated volunteers who also became as close as family. So many years, so many kindred spirits. Amazing. Retirement gave Richard more time and opportunity to become more involved with his volunteer work which he continued till his passing. Then there were his other favorite past times — machining and gunsmithing. He was self-taught in both and truly excelled in both. His expert machining of a special bullet mold helped Shannon McClean of Massena win three Olympic Gold Medals in Black Powder Shooting competition. This accomplishment was so satisfying for him and he was so proud of Shannon. Richard loved working in his shop and building special projects, doing odd jobs for his friends who needed some kind of special milling. When he wasn't there, he was spending time with family and friends and taking care of our horses. This was a hobby we shared. There were so many hours of enjoyment together and so many memories to cherish. If you knew Richard you knew a very wonderful, intelligent man who loved telling stories and passing on whatever knowledge he had about so many things to whoever wanted to learn from him. He will be so missed. Due to Covid restrictions there will be no calling hours. Richard's immediate family will share a day of remembrance and as soon as we are able to, we will hold a service and a Celebration of his life at the Hannawa Falls Fire Department Hall. Arrangements are with the Garner Funeral Service. Thoughts, memories and condolences can be shared @wwwgarnerfh.com.

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Trudy White

January 24, 2021

Dear Janet, so sorry to hear about your husband. Keep all your memories close during this difficult time. Hugs to you my friend.

Jane Howley Bradish

January 21, 2021

Janet, so sorry for your loss, He was such a nice guy, I was so glad to see you both at our reunion, please give my condolences to all your family. Jane Howley

Jerry and Sandy Mousaw

January 21, 2021

Please know how deeply saddened we are to hear about the loss of Dick. So many memories over the years. He was a wonderful man and will be dearly missed by all. I know he is doing something spectacular in heaven, as he had so many talents...
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jerry and Sandy Mousaw

Bruce Russell

January 21, 2021

He Will Be Missed By Everyone He Knew. We Had Some Great Times When We All Got Together. Treyson Said To Say How Sad He Is. He Will Be Watching Over All Of You. God Bless You All. RIP RICHARD.

Patricia Klemko

January 21, 2021

Janet and family, I was saddened to learn of Dicks passing. He will be missed so much. I have many fond memories of Dick and Janet from the field Days from Hananawa Falls fire Dept and Hounds Haven field as well as all of the firemen’s conventions we attended together. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and friends.

Bill Ford

January 21, 2021

Janet & Family, Lorraine & I were sad to hear this news about Dick's passing. He'll certainly be missed by his friends, his community and certainly by the Hannawa Falls Fire Department. People would simply say that Dick was a true Gentleman. I prefer to say that Dick was a "Gentle Man", one that was well respected by anyone that had anything to do with him. We're sorry that we can't be there at this time, but please accept our most sincere condolences.

John Porter

January 20, 2021

I was introduced to Dick Brown when I joined the St. Lawrence County Underwater Recovery Team. I learned right away that he was a man that cared about what he did and was always at the incidents that happened in and on the water. It didn’t matter if he was working or not – he was always at the incident to provide his expertise and guidance.
We became good friends and worked together, along with other members of the team, with what needed to be accomplished on the St. Lawrence County Underwater Recovery Team. The things he did for that team was astounding. Sometimes working all night long to repair equipment that was needed. It will be hard to find a more dedicated person to do the things he accomplished. Rest in peace my friend.

John Porter