Joseph E. Brown

June 4th, 2021

Joseph E. Brown, “Buster, Joe”, age 87, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, May 28, 2021.

Joe was born on December 4, 1933, in Wilmington, MA. He was primarily raised by his aunts, Jessie, Hilda, and Emma and his grandmother, Hilda Catherine.  He attended the Wilmington School system and then Greater Lowell Technical High School.

Joe followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the United States Military on April 13, 1953. He dedicated his time to serve our great country in the Marine Corps for three years during the Korean war. He was honorably discharged on April 12, 1956, but “once a Marine always a Marine” and Joe took pride in the time he served.

After he was discharged, Joe made a career out of construction and was always willing to teach anyone who wanted to learn. He owned his own company, JB’s Home Improvement and was a member of Carpenters Union Local 41. He loved to work, but it was never truly work to him. He always said, “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Joe married Margaret “Peggy” (Booker) of Woburn, MA and they had three beautiful children together. He was the proud father of one son Richard and two daughters Gail and Laurene.  He always offered a lending hand in helping to raise his three granddaughters Briana, Alexa, Michelina, and grandson Richard.

Joe had a passion for golf; he always made time to practice in his yard or participate on the course with his friends. In his free time, if he was not out on the golf course, he was watching it on TV. He was an avid coffee drinker and always had a thermos on hand. He loved spending his winters in the South, he enjoyed the heat of Florida and the scenic route he took along the way. He was known for his vibrant personality and compassion for everyone. He abided by the phrase “we are not here for a long time; we are here for a good time.”

Joe will be missed dearly by his family, three children Gail Kelley of Salisbury MA, Richard Brown of Woburn MA, Laurene Brown of Tewksbury MA, his grandchildren Richard Kelley and wife Alana Kelley of Sebastian, FL, Briana Brown and her husband Graham Barlett of Berthoud, CO, Alexa Brown of Woburn, MA, Michelina Brown and her husband Jeremy Faircloth of Fayetteville, NC, as well as many other family and friends. Joe was preceded in death by his aunts, Jessie Hudson-Fanjoy, Hilda Crescitelli, Emma Colgate and his parents Mary and Joseph Brown.

Joe’s family would like to extend their gratitude to special family, friends, and caregivers for their excellent care of Joe.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, June 12th from 10:00-11:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Graveside Service with Military Honors at Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joe’s name may be made to: Fisher House Boston as “Donations in Memory of Joseph E. Brown” at or checks can be mailed to Fisher House Boston, P.O. Box 230, South Walpole, MA 02071.


3 Entries in Guest Book for “Joseph E. Brown”

  1. Hank Bagrowski says:

    I just heard the sad news that my good friend “Downtown Joe Brown” has passed. Joe was a great man, he always greeted me with a big smile and a firm handshake. We used to see each other almost every morning at Cumberland Farms to get our coffee. He was a very hard worker and he was still doing construction until just a few years back… I would visit him frequently with my daughter and she always loved to sit and talk with him. She’s 8 years old and looked up to him like a grandfather. Joe will be dearly missed.

  2. Kim Hughes says:

    Buster, I will miss watching golf and American Ninja Warrior with you. Most of all I will miss your kind ways that were always there from the first time I met you. You had a knack of tossing in a joke just when it was needed. I have to laugh at how many times you would need your food reheated up to a temp that would burn most peoples mouths. You would joke that you were hot stuff. You’re probably on the links right now eating a red hot bowl of stew and landing a few hole-in-ones, I hope so and I’ll hit a couple in for you too.

    My sincerest condolences to your wonderful family.

  3. Gerarda, Eddie and Alcantra says:

    So very sorry to read of Busters passing. Condolences to all.

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