Joseph Michael Brown of Falmouth died at home on April 28, just three days after his 92nd birthday.
He was the husband of 44 years of Theresa (Holland) Brown. His wife died in 2008.
He was born in Medford to Michael J. and Evelyn (Briggs) Brown. He attended St. Joseph’s School and was graduated from Medford High School with the Class of 1945.
Mr. Brown enlisted in the United States Army in 1946 and spent 13 months in Korea, serving with the 207th Military Police Company and earning the rank of corporal.
Upon his return to Medford, he attended trade school to study television and radio repair. He eventually obtained his teaching degree from Westfield State Teachers College, where he also later earned his master’s degree.
Mr. Brown became a teacher at Medford Vocational Technical High School, a position he would hold for nearly 30 years until his retirement in 1992. While teaching, he also ran his own business after school making house calls for TV repairs. He made many long-lasting friendships with his clients.
He met Theresa Holland of Chelsea in 1963, and they married the next year. The couple purchased a house in the countryside of Woburn. They began a family with the adoption of Joseph Jr. in 1966, followed by Colleen in 1968 and Patrick in 1970.
Wintertime at the Brown residence could only mean ice skating. Mr. Brown coached his sons for many years in ice hockey as part of Woburn Youth Hockey, and taught his daughter how to skate as a youngster prior to her participation in figure skating. An accomplished goalie, Mr. Brown was a longtime player in the Over 30 Ice Hockey League and “Courtny Club.”
Summer was travel time for the Browns. He and his wife would pack up the family in the car and camper and spend weeks traveling the United States and Canada, visiting old friends and Mr. Brown’s Army buddies, one of whom they made a trip to Wisconsin to visit in 1976 during the country’s Bicentennial. The family spent time at Niagara Falls, Cooperstown, Hershey Park, Amish Country and other points of interest during their travels.
After retirement, Mr. Brown and his wife made their second home in Falmouth their full-time residence.
He leaves his significant other, Lois Girard of Mashpee; his children, Joseph M. Brown Jr. and his wife, Daniela Brown, of Woburn, Colleen Burns of Salem and Patrick Brown of Falmouth; a sister, Beverly Clancy of Brighton; six grandchildren, Meredith, Marissa, and Robert Burns of Salem and Andrew, Matthew, and Meaghan Brown of Woburn; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister Evelyn Dwyer.
Interment will be at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.