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John W. Brown

Family & friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours on Monday, October 16th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) REVERE for Retired Revere Police Sgt. John W. Brown, who passed at the home of his son and daughter-in-law in Palm Coast, Florida on Thursday, October 5th, after a brief illness. His funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 17th at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. & Winthrop Ave.), REVERE at 10:30 a.m.

Born in Melrose, his early life was spent in Everett, before coming to Revere over 85 years ago. He was an alumnus of Immaculate Conception High School, Class of 1939. During the Great Depression he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp serving in camp in Western Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Wyoming. Following the attack of Pearl Harbor, he entered active duty with the U.S.  Navy on December 14, 1941 & served until September 25, 1945. He began duty in Newport, R.I. with the U.S.S. Eberle & then onto the U.S.S. William D. Porter & the U.S.S. William M. Hobby. In 1949, he joined the Revere Police force & served until 1989 (exactly a 40-year stint). He retired as head of the Traffic Division with the rank of Sergeant. John was Revere’s oldest city retiree His greatest & most honored rank was that of “Dad”, “Husband” & “Grampy” and God granted him three proud and loving children, 6 adoring grandchildren & 8 great-grandchildren. He was a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan and upon retirement he worked at Fenway Park providing security in the Red Sox club house until 1995 when he retired completely to enjoy time with his family. He was Past Commander of the former Revere V.F.W. Post #940 on Shirley Ave. and a member of the American Legion Post #61 of Broadway, Revere. He was a founding member & director of the I.C. Reveries Drum & Bugle Corps. with the Reverend Lawrence F. Sullivan from 1957-1964. A devout Roman Catholic, he was a former member of the Holy Name Society of the Immaculate Conception Parish Community.

He was the beloved husband of the late Helen C. (Flood) Brown who passed in May of 2005. He is the cherished father of Judy A. O’Toole & her husband, Michael of Medfield, Retired Weymouth Patrolman, William K. Brown, Esquire & his wife, Ana Toland of Weymouth and John T. Brown & his wife, Judy Busby, of Palm Coast, Florida. He is the devoted grandfather of Kasey M. Brown-Jaynes & her husband, Mark of Sandwich, MA, Concord New Hampshire Battalion Fire Chief Sean W. Brown & his wife, Heather of Concord, NH., Daniel M. O’Toole of Atlanta, Georgia, Thomas J. O’Toole & his wife, Katherine of Franklin, MA, Meredith M. Brown of Weymouth, MA & Alexander M. Brown & his wife, Maria of Madrid, Spain. He is also lovingly survived by 8 great-grandchildren. Interment will follow the funeral mass, immediately on Tuesday at Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody.


Visiting Hours

Monday, October 16th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass

Tuesday, October 17th at 10:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Revere


Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472 or to the New England Center & Home for Veterans, P.O. Box 845257, Boston, MA 02284-5257.

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  1. Larry Massone RMV
    Oct 31 2017

    Judy, Billy,& Jackie; I was perusing the area funeral homes this morning and was surprised to see your fathers obituary. I am so sorry to have missed it. Having worked with your father for many years, we accomplished a lot. As we get older we sort of drift apart. My prayers, and I am sure Vinnie’s, would be with you & your family in this time of sorrow. May he rest in peace, until we meet again.
    Larry Massone RMV Retired

  2. Ann and Tom Busby
    Oct 16 2017

    We are privileged to have known John and to have listened to his many stories – family-military – police and of course Red Sox. He will be missed

  3. Joseph G. Cunningham
    Oct 12 2017

    Bill, I am so sorry for your lose. The lose of a parent is so devastating
    to the siblings. It seems as if your connection to the history of the family is broken especially when all of the questions and answers are
    still unsaid.
    Joe C.

  4. Glenn McCarthy
    Oct 10 2017

    To the Brown Family, Please accept my Sincere Condolences for the passing of your Father.May he Rest in Peace. Thank you for your Service to our Country and for your Protection of the citizens of Revere.

  5. Jet & Nanci Taylor
    Oct 10 2017

    Condolences to the entire family. May he Rest In Peace.

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