Donald E. Brown

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Gloucester - Donald E. Brown, 81, of Gloucester, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 30, 2019, at his residence.
He was born in London, England, on October 31, 1937, son of the late Percival and Catherine Brown.
Don attended schools in England and served in the Royal Air Force. He was an exceptional soccer and cricket player in his youth. In 1966, he moved his family to Massachusetts and eventually settled in Magnolia.
He worked for many years as a machinist at Gloucester Engineering. Somewhere along the way he fell in love with Bob Marley and even named his cat Marley. Following his retirement, he loved his morning coffee and newspapers, clamming, walking the boulevard, and watching Judge Judy. He was a huge Chelsea soccer fan as well as an avid New England sports fan especially the Patriots, Celtics and Red Sox. He would also occasionally tell you his firmly held political opinions. Don was a big, jolly fellow and was well liked by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.
Don is survived by his sons, Karl Brown of Gloucester and Warren Brown and his wife Lisa of Cooper City, Florida; his grandchildren, Keri Brown, and Kyle (Brittany) Brown of Wisconsin, and Blake Brown and Brooke Brown of Florida; two great-grandchildren, Zoey Brown and Jayden Brown of Wisconsin; and his former spouse, Anne Burrus of Gloucester. He is also survived by his close friends Victoria and Mark Mason who treated him like a part of their family.
He was predeceased by his brother, Andrew Brown, and his best friend, Benny Campbell.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no formal services.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Cape Ann Animal Aid Association, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930.
Arrangements by Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester.
For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
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Published on September 4, 2019
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Shaun Dougherty
Sep 15, 2019
Don will be greatly missed by me and all of my family here in England. He was my parents best man at there wedding. I will always remember meeting him for the 1st time and my dad saying "what do think of this Bob Wailer and the Marleys? Thinking Don would probably back him up, Don's reply was " he is one of the greatest musicians he'd ever listened to" from that moment on I think Don and I had a connection. He was one of life's great characters and always a pleasure to spend time with and chatting about The Patriots. Rest in peace big man, you leave a big hole in a lot of people's lives but they are all the better for knowing you
Shirley Hill
Sep 15, 2019
Very fond memories of my very dear cousin. Shall never forget the day we arrived in Gloucester, Mass and phoned him and how quickly he came to see us clutching a bottle of something alcoholic. He said I never thought any of my family would make it over here to see me! I shall never forget the look on his face and that was 36 years ago. Or the lovely day we spent with him in Boston when we called in there on a cruise. Lovely memories. rest in peace.
Kristen Burnham
Sep 09, 2019
I have fond memories of Don from when I was a child. From enjoying his loud boom box blasting reggae, to sitting with him on his stairs chatting with him, to bothering him to see his cats...and he had the best laugh and accent. Rest easy neighbor. You will be missed! ❤️ Thinking of you Karl and the whole family!!!
Laurie Landess
Sep 05, 2019
Don you will greatly be missed. My love and prayers to your family and friends. Miss sitting in your back yard with you and all your kitties around listening to bob marley.
Mike & Nan
Sep 05, 2019
Dear Karl, Warren & family,
We are saddened to hear of Don's passing. It was always a pleasure to chat w/ Don at the BLVD, the MKT or on the phone, chatted w/ him twice in last two weeks. He was always happy to see us, his boisterous laugh infectious,
always interested in family goings on.
We will miss him and remember him fondly. We extend our sincere sympathy to the family at this difficult time.
Mike & Nancy Purdy
Marie & Roy Testaverde
Sep 04, 2019
We were saddened to hear of Dons passing, he was a kind good hearted man and a wonderful neighbor, we always enjoyed talking to him, he was always happy to see us. He had a big heart and a soft spot for his beloved cat. He enjoyed claming the flats and would bring a bag of clams for Roy to enjoy for helping him with his car. Don will be greatly missed . Roy and i send our deepest sympathies to your family. We were blessed to have known him
Coleen and Sheltie "Lily"
Sep 04, 2019
Such a fantastic guy! Will miss your boisterous laugh and great sense of humor and seeing you on the Boulevard! My condolence to your family Don!