ANDOVER – Gary Michael Brown, 69, passed away Saturday (May 28, 2016) at home, surrounded by family, following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Brown was born on June 4, 1946 in Wellsville to Frederick Vincent Brown and Helen (Hull) Brown- Stebbins. He attended Andover Central School. Gary enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. at Camp Lejeune, S.C. in July of 1963 and served in Japan and later California, where he met Donna West, his future wife in Vista, Calif. They were married on Oct. 22, 1966. Shortly after the completion of his military service in July of 1967, Sgt. Brown and his bride moved back to his hometown of Andover.
Gary served on the Andover Village Police Department, first as an officer and later as Chief of Police from 1967-72. He later worked in construction as a gas field specialist and a long distance truck driver from 1972-84. Beginning in 1984, he worked in maintenance for Alfred State College at both the Wellsville and Alfred campuses, retiring in 2014.
In addition to his wife of 49 years, Gary is survived by two sons, Lee (Kristy) Brown and Jerry (Amy) Brown, both of Andover; two daughters, Colleen Csizmar of Orange, Conn. and Jennifer (James) Walsh of Sugar Hill, N.H.; two brothers, Robert J. (Sue) Brown of Rochester and Timothy J. (Jane Nicholson) Brown of Andover; two sisters, Mary L. (Jim) Morton of Cheektowaga and Sheila A. Gleason of Wellsville; and one brother-in-law, James Babcock of Shinglehouse, Pa.
Additionally, he is survived by fourteen grandchildren, who meant the world to him, Taylor Brown, Shelbie Brown, Kaleb (Alicia) Brown, Ashley Brown, Daniel Brown, Fiona Brown, Rhiannon Brown, Cormac Brown, Aine Brown, Noah Csizmar, Sophia Csizmar, Rita Walsh, David Walsh and Mary Walsh; two great grandchildren, Aleeah Brown and Lincoln Brown; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by three sisters, Dolores M. Babcock, Jane E. Billings and Eileen F. Alvord; and two brothers, Patrick V. Brown and Merle F. Brown.
Gary loved the outdoors, especially with his faithful sidekick Bear at his side. His landscaping, gardening and mowing exploits were legendary within the family. He would sometimes mow his very large yard several times a week because “he enjoyed the ride”. He was so meticulous when it came to planting flowers, he would sometimes eat his supper alone just to finish the job. He built many a pond with his small fleet of excavation equipment and was known to plow out neighbors in the winter because he could.
Gary was fun loving and possessed a great sense of humor. Even during his final illness, he would playfully spill his drink on the porch and then with a twinkle, instruct his children to tell their mother he drank it. He was a long time member of the Andover American Legion.
There will be a time of visitation on Friday from 1-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday (June 4), the anniversary of his 70th birthday, at 11:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover. Burial, with full military honors, will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.
Memorial contributions in Gary’s name may be made to Allegany County Cancer Services, Inc., 100 South Highland Ave., Wellsville, NY 14895.