CHELSEA - James L. Brown Jr. died Feb. 19, 2014, surrounded by his family at the Togus VA Hospice. He was born July 16, 1931, in Ellsworth, the son of James L. Brown Sr. and Phyllis G. Robbins Brown. He had severe COPD much of his later life.
Jimmy graduated from William G. Crosby High School in Belfast in 1949. He served in the Navy from 1950 to 1954. Following his Navy tour, he remained in Norfolk, Va., where he was a city bus driver for the Virginia Transit Co. for three-plus years. In 1958, Jimmy returned to Maine. He worked for the Maine State Highway Commission and various other companies prior to being employed by the Veterans Administration Center at Togus. Jimmy retired from the VA at Togus in July 1996 after a total of 35 years of federal service.
Jimmy has been a member of Hermon Lodge No. 32 in Gardiner for 50-plus years. He had been a member of the Marion Chapter of the Eastern Star in Gardiner and a member of the Grange in Trenton.
Jimmy was an avid deer hunter. He also enjoyed boating. In later years, he became an avid camper. His favorite campground was the Lobster Buoy Campsite in South Thomaston, where he spent many days and weeks in the summer with his wife, Lucille, who died in 1999, and his present wife, Johan, enjoying the salt air and sunshine and visiting the other campers. He enjoyed his morning trip to Walmart where he got plenty of exercise and socialized with friends and workers.
Jimmy was predeceased by his wife, Lucille; his mother; father; brother Bob; and his stepdaughter Ruth Ann McNaughton.
He is survived by his present wife, Doris Johan Brown, of Chelsea; his son, James L. Brown III, and his wife, Heather, of Windsor; daughter Debra Ayotte and husband Larry, of Dresden; daughter Tammy Greenleaf and husband Terry, of Randolph; stepdaughter Patti Gagne and husband Tim, of Gardiner; stepdaughter Rebecca McNaughton, of Windsor; stepson Richard Sencabaugh and wife Vernetta, of Waterville; stepson Mark McNaughton and wife Tracy, of Farmingdale; and stepson John McNaughton and wife Sarah, of Hallowell; 20 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
There will be no funeral. A committal service at the gravesite in Whitefield Cemetery will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jimmy's name may be made to the