Gerald (Jerry) Michael Brown - age: 69
(May 11, 1946 to May 18, 2015
Friends and relatives may call Tuesday May 26, 2015 from 5 to 7 PM at the Dennett, Craig & Pate 365 Main St, Saco . He will be buried at 10:00AM with military honors at Springvale Veteran’s Cemetery Wednesday May 27, 2015 . . Being a Vietnam Veteran was a primary part of his life and he worried about how recent Veterans were handling their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675
Gerald “Jerry” Brown passed away Monday evening at Southern Maine Health Center, surrounded by his daughters. He was 69 years young. Jerry grew up in Bayonne, NJ. He was the youngest son of Marie and James Brown, with three older siblings, Pat, Carol, and Jimmy. He attended St. Andrew Catholic Grammar School, and often joked that his sense of humor made him a “favorite” with the nuns. After graduating from Bayonne High School, at the age of 19, he joined the Army and became a paratrooper. He served in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division, and served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He received the following decorations for his service; a Parachute Badge, a Combat Infantryman Badge, a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Vietnam Campaign Medal, an Air Medal, and a Purple Heart. His service in the army was a defining part of his identity, and his time in Vietnam would remain a part of him for the rest of his life.
Jerry was 22 when he married Patricia Boyle. They had two daughters, Rachel and Rebecca. He and Patricia later divorced and at the age of 39 he had a daughter, Toby, with Virginia Hawkins. He worked for the phone company, previously known as Bell Atlantic, for twenty five years. He lived in Bayonne until he retired from the phone company. He then moved to Upstate New York. Two years ago he moved to Saco, Maine, where he lived with his oldest daughter Rachel, and his granddaughters Haley and Nicole. He was a generous, witty, funny, and caring man. He always had a sparkle in his eye, and his sense of humor was present up until the very end, still getting a laugh out of others regardless of how he was feeling He will be incredibly missed, and his life and service will never be forgotten. He is survived by his daughters Rachel Brown, Rebecca Brown, and Toby Hawkins, and his granddaughters, Haley Nason, and Nikki Agapiou.