Robert Louis Brown, 77, of South Paris, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at his home on Elm Hill surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Fryeburg on Dec. 11, 1934, son of Shirley and Beatrice Brown.
He attended Fryeburg area schools as a young boy then completed his education at Fryeburg Academy.
He joined the United States Army during peacetime serving his country proudly.
He worked several years as a mill worker at Norway Shoe, and at the closure of the shoe shop he began working at Paris Manufacturing as a machine set-up man where “Bob” was well liked and became known as a man who gave his best and always had a “can do attitude.” He always prided himself on the fact that his machines ran well nearly never breaking down. Upon closure of Paris Manufacturing he began working at Cornwalls and once again held a position of machine set-up man. He retired at 71 years of age.
He was known for his woodworking abilities and made many handcrafted wooden gifts for his children and grandchildren; gifts of cutting boards, rolling pins, foot stools, high chairs and sleds.
He enjoyed celebrating the holidays and getting his family gathered together. He enjoyed wildlife of all kinds as well as the joy he received from his pets, Teddy his dog, Tom and Max his rescue cats and found much joy in his visits with his “granddogs” and feeding the birds. He also enjoyed Saturday “nights out” with his beloved wife, Cheryl, of 35 years and was very proud of the home he built all by himself on Elm Hill.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Cheryl Hanscom Brown of South Paris; his six children, Teresa Curtis of Oxford, Marilyn Swan and husband James of Bethel, Connie Bergen and partner Starr Waisenen of Kennebunk, Robert Louis and his wife Jenna of Poland, Suzanne Atkinson and husband Michael of Cornville, Natalie Patch and husband Donald of New Hampshire; his only remaining sibling, a sister, Marjorie Douglas and husband Bob of Grand Prairie, Texas; sister-in-law, Sally Brown of Fryeburg; 15 grandchildren, Melissa Ostrowski, Bion Swan, Kyle Curtis, Michael Swan, Sarah Swan, Adam Curtis, Peter Brown, Tyler Curtis, Becky Brown, Christopher Pike, Katie Coombs, Zachary Pike, Allie Coombs, Jacob Coombs, and Chance Brown; many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Shirley and Beatrice Brown; grandmother, Nettie Patch at the age of 110; brothers, Shirley Brown and Norman Pelletier; and son-in-law, Craig Curtis.
His family express their gratitude for the kind, compassionate care of the entire staff at Stephens Memorial Hospital, Pace Ambulance staff, the staff at Norway Rehabilitation and Living Center, the staff at Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice, Walter Bean, CNA for his care of the “captain,” special friends and neighbors, Charlie and Laurie Young, and Sandra Rice.
A funeral service was held Nov. 10 at Oxford Hills and Weston Funeral Services, Oxford, followed by a burial at Riverside Annex in South Paris. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Robert’s memory to Responsible Pet Care, P.O. Box 378, Norway, ME 04268. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.oxfordhillsfuneralservices.com