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George A. Brown

April 26, 1928 June 17, 2018
George A. Brown
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George Anthony Brown, 90, of Manchester-By-The-Sea died Sunday, June 17 peacefully on Father’s Day surrounded by four generations of family at Kaplan Family Hospice House, with his room open to a sun-filled garden. Born April 26, 1928 the sixth of 10 children at Beverly Hospital to first-generation Greek American parents, George fulfilled his best hopes for a life well lived. A double war veteran and Marine, devoted husband and father, a respected North Shore attorney, tireless Democratic party organizer and supporter who was active in town, George Brown spent his life doing the right thing, a real “straight arrow” who believed one should always - even in small gestures - answer the call to do your part, support your family and be trustworthy in all things. George grew up a child of the Great Depression, the middle of six boys and four girls in a home filled with love and hard work. His parents, Peter Anthony and Anastasia Brown, each left wars and hardship in Greece in the early 1900s, and married after meeting in Peabody at a church mixer. The couple made their homestead in the heart of Manchester on the site where Crosby’s Market sits today and a short walk from Peter’s business, “Brown’s Fruit and Grocery”, which supplied the town’s coastal estates from a storefront on the “Homan Block” (today on the site of Cala’s Restaurant). Life in the 1930s was a profound challenge and the Browns focused on being together -- working together at the store, big family meals, entertaining each other with the day’s local gossip and holidays or gatherings with friends and each other. George used to say he went to work at the store (like his older siblings) pretty much as soon as he could walk. Peter’s business grew by acquiring more properties (and unpaid child labor). After attending Manchester schools until age 15, George and his sister Betty were shipped off to run their father’s new Beverly location at the corner of Lothrop and Hale Streets. George and Betty lived above the store, attended Briscoe up the street and helped run the business when he wasn’t in school. After graduating from Beverly High School in 1946, George followed his father’s footsteps and joined the armed services (Peter was a WWI Army veteran). George’s brothers Anthony, Spike and Paul, were already enlisted men (Airforce, Army and Navy, respectively) so George joined the Marines Corps where his tough mindedness and discipline made him a natural recruit. He later said that after growing up in the Brown household and working for his father, boot camp at Camp Lejeune, S.C. was “like the Four Seasons”. George deployed to an Aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean and rose to the rank of Sergeant. George remained in the Marine Reserves after discharge and pursued his interest in policy and law at Suffolk University as an undergraduate on the G.I. Bill, but was recalled to the Marines when the Korean War broke out in 1950. Following the war, George entered Suffolk University Law School, living in an apartment next door to his now married-with-children brothers above the former Manchester Train Station (which his father had purchased some years before). Each morning he’d have breakfast and listen for the train and, just in time, he’d hop downstairs and head to Boston, earning his J.D. degree in 1956 at the age of 28. He soon after kept a promise he made at 18 years old, to a young Mary Vontzalides of Peabody and asked her to marry him. They wed soon after George passed the Massachusetts Bar and settled in Manchester. By 1958, the pair started their family with the arrival of their eldest of four children. After apprenticing at the law offices of Harry Simon, George went out on his own and opened a general practice in Manchester (in the very train station building he’d lived in during law school), focusing chiefly on real estate and municipal permitting. He ran that office for more than 40 years until his retirement, when his son took it over and merged it into the current law firm, Metaxas Brown Pidgeon, LLP of Beverly. George loved the Town of Manchester and its strong sense of community and family. He served for a number of years as Town Counsel and as chairman of the local Democratic Party Committee, helping raise money for political candidates over the years. He marched every year, without fail, alongside his brothers in the Memorial Day Parade Color Guard. George was a 50-plus-year member of the Manchester Club, the Manchester Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite, Shriners, Manchester Legion and a congregation member of Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Ipswich. The George Browns lived happily together on Hickory Hill until Mary passed in 1995. George was a loyal, loving and devoted husband and father and a generous friend to many. His home was always open to friends, family and strangers alike and his dinner table host to a continuous kaleidoscope of humanity, politics, laughter, and a rumble of varied and lively conversation. Among his many loves: winning at poker, Jitterbugging with Mary, Greek dancing, tennis, Frank Sinatra and the music of John Phillips Souza, monthly lunches with his buddies the “ROMEOs” (“Retired Old Men Eating Out”), Southern Comfort Manhattans and Wednesday supers with his sister Connie. George is survived by his children, Peter Brown, Orestes Brown and his wife Erika (Schutz) Brown, Christopher Brown and his wife Colleen (Burns) Brown and Constance Brown; grandchildren Acacia Brown Van Wyk, Luke Brown, Rebekah Brown, Zoe Brown, George Brown, Theophilus Brown and Nicholas Brown; great grandchildren Prescilla Van Wyk and Elizabeth Van Wyk as well as three siblings, Theodore Brown and his wife, Mary Jane (McCoo) Brown, Speros Brown and his wife, Pauline (Apostolopoulos) Brown, Katherine (Brown) Bulgaris, wife of the late Michael Bulgaris, his sister-in-law, Doris (Silva) Brown, wife of late Anthony Brown. He was predeceased by his brother Anthony Brown, Thomas “Spike” Brown and his wife Victoria (Papandreou), Paul Brown and his wife, Sophie (Anasoulis) Brown, his sisters Jennie Brown, Connie Brown and Betty (Vasilakopoulos) Brown. Visitation will be held at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly on Saturday June 23, 2018 from 9-11 a.m. A graveside service will follow at Rosedale Cemetery in Manchester-By-The-Sea on Saturday June 23, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. followed by a mercy meal at Chowder House at Tuck’s Point. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manchester Masonic Angel Fund. Information directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com


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Visitation

Saturday

23

Jun

9:00 AM 6/23/2018 9:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 6/23/2018 11:00:00 AM
Campbell Funeral Home

525 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915

Campbell Funeral Home
525 Cabot Street Beverly 01915 MA
United States

Graveside

Saturday

23

Jun

11:30 AM 6/23/2018 11:30:00 AM
Rosedale Extension Cemetery

Intersection of School Street and Pleasant Street
Manchester, MA 1944

Rosedale Extension Cemetery
Intersection of School Street and Pleasant Street Manchester 1944 MA
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