Robert A. Brown

August 18th, 2020

Robert Alexander Brown, fondly known as “Bob” to his family and friends, age 89, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed on August 15, 2020, at home surrounded by family..

Bob was born, raised and educated in Washington, Pennsylvania before enlisting in the United States Navy on March 22, 1948. Bob served overseas for more than two years before reenlisting during the Korean War. He served on the U. S. S. Elokomin and the U.S.S. J.P. Jones and earned several commendations including the Good Conduct Medal, European Occupational Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Bob was honorably discharged from the Navy after almost ten years of faithful service and returned home to his family.

While still on active duty, Bob was on furlough in Boston when met the “love of his life” Joyce Todd and the couple married on June 28, 1956. When Bob was shipped out, Joyce established their first home in Boston in where they started their family. In 1965 the couple moved their family to Wilmington and Bob soon became actively involved in his new Community.

Bob was quite a “pillar of the Community” he volunteered his time and talents unselfishly and tirelessly throughout the years. He was actively involved with the Fourth of July Committee for many years, he was monumental in raising money to build the Regional Health Center in Wilmington, he was part of the Wilmington 200th Anniversary Committee, he was a Past Commander for the American Legion and was often seen around town fixing everyone’s television sets due to his vast knowledge of electronics at the time. Bob was the equipment manager for Wilmington Little League and coached countless seasons of Little League Baseball and took many kids “under his wing” with his kind and caring ways.

Bob worked hard to provide for his family; prior to retiring he was employed as an electronics engineer for the Sander Company. Bob’s unending work ethic and knowledge for his field along with his friendly personality made him quite a favorite amongst his co-workers who became his friends. Bob was never one to sit still, so following his retirement from Sanders he took a job as an Usher and Greeter at the Showcase Cinema in Woburn.

Bob’s unconditional love and support for his family was evident in everything he did. Bob was a devoted and faithful husband to his wife of 64 years, a wonderful father, son, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was always there to support his children and grandchildren in their many activities; he was always their biggest fan. Bob and Joyce opened their home to their children’s friends throughout the years; everyone was welcomed and made to feel loved. He was fondly known as “the adopted Dad to many kids”.

Bob will be remembered for his many talents; his love of music and playing the clarinet, his devotion to his family, friends and Country and for his infectious smile that lit up a room. Bob went out of his way to do for others; he was a great mentor and inspiration to many. Bob will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Bob will always be known for his “Family First” attitude and for not say goodbyes but rather he would say “see you later alligator” and he would received the answer “after a while crocodile” from his children and grandchildren.

Bob was the beloved husband of Joyce A. (Todd) Brown, devoted father of Peter Brown and girlfriend Debra MacKinnon, Aaron Brown and wife Carole, Barbette Brown-Valente and husband Phillip Valente and Amy Whalen and husband John all of Wilmington. He was the loving “Grampy” of Joseph, Tabitha, Alelia, Aaron, Alexa and “GiGi Bob” to his Great-Grandchildren Joe, Dominic, Sophia, Jordyn, Jacolby, Gianna, Angelo, Mia, Savannah and Jimmy. Cherished son of the late Eunice McGriff of Washington, PA and Ernest Conner of Pittsburgh, PA, he was the brother of Dolores Slater, the late Ernest Conner, Jr., the late Gene Conner, the late Joanne Ray, Diane Tuner all of Pittsburgh, PA, Patricia Wilds of Maryland and Geraldine King of Chicago.

Family and friends are welcome to celebrate Bob’s Life on Saturday, August 22nd at 11:00 a.m. in the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA.

For those unable to attend the services they may watch via Zoom
Zoom meeting ID: 9519659425
Zoom Passcode: 619791

In lieu of flowers, Joyce Brown kindly requests any donations be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1 Bridge Lane, Wilmington, MA 01887 or

To View Bob’s photo book please follow the ling

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.


22 Entries in Guest Book for “Robert A. Brown”

  1. Carol Deschenes says:

    Such a wonderful tribute to a life well lived. Mr B was such a gentleman and his smile did light up the room. He will be missed but never forgotten. RIP Mr. B. Sincere sympathies to all of his family and friends.

  2. Pauline morris says:

    Aaron, Peter & family although I haven’t seen you recently I have fond memories of your dad at the towns celebration. Peace. Richie & Pauline

  3. Frank West says:

    To the family of Bob Brown- the entire West family sends our deepest sympathies and condolences on the passing of Bob. Bob was an assert to our community in many ways for many years and for that we as a town should be grateful. God bless Bob and the Brown family now and always- Karen and Frank West and family.

  4. Bernadette Bennett says:

    Mr. Brown I would like to thank you for your service. Barbette, Aaron, Peter and Family thinking of you at sad time. God Bless. Bernadette “Bernie”

  5. Janice Lapham says:

    I am incredibly sorry for your loss. I will never forget all the stories Coach told me or all the times we shared sitting together. He is one that will not easily be forgotten. You are all in my prayers. Rest easy Coach.

  6. Jo-Ann Smith says:

    I am so sorry for your loss he was a great person to have known in my lifetime billy and I had such great memories of him coming over to our house and fixing our tv’s he was so smart at whatever he did with his heart and big smile all the time he will be so missed in every time I think of him and my heart go out to the family and joyce rip bobby love forever ? God bless.

  7. Robert Hayes says:

    Condolences to the Brown family from Robert from the Tewksbury Public Library. I remember Mr. Brown from many movie nights & concerts. You’re all in my thoughts.

  8. Peggy Russo says:

    Dear Peter, Aaron, Barbette, and Amy,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I have many wonderful memories of your Dad. I was always welcome in your house. Keep your memories close to your heart. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Lisa Kennedy-Cox says:

    Peter, Aaron, Barb, Amy and Mrs. Brown, I am so sorry for your loss. I can see here, Mr. Brown was a wonderful father, husband and friend. I thank your dad for his service to our country and may he rest in peace. My deepest condolences and thoughts go out to you all. Wishing you comfort and peace.

  10. Kevin Doherty says:

    To Bob’s family,

    Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.
    Bob served his country and loved his family. He was always a gentleman to me.
    May he RIP

  11. Nan Abbott-Hourigan says:

    Dearest Amy, I’m so very sorry for the loss of your dad. I’m sending you love and hugs. I know how heartbreaking it is to say goodbye. I hope your grief will not be prolonged and your memories will keep your heart intact.

    Much love, Nan ??

  12. Jack McCune says:

    Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday. You will always be remembered as a kind, quiet man who loved his country, family and friends.

  13. Carolyn Aslanis says:

    Love you Mr. Brown. Thank you for so many wonderful memories. Rest peacefully.

  14. Nancy Hurley says:

    Amy and John – So sorry to hear this sad news. I will let my mother know. You are in my thoughts. XO

  15. Debbie Johnstone Bourassa says:

    so sorry you all have to go through this !! I read the memory of him and it made me giggle because I remember Donat always carrying one of the 5 TVs they had over to your Dad!! I still hear my father in-laws voice saying. Well get to go to Mr Brown I gotta get tv fixed. Steve’s Dad even called him Mr Brown out of respect to who he was/is. You all were so blessed to have Mr Brown as YOUR Dad!! Hugs!!

  16. Tom D’Errico says:

    Peter, Barb, Aaron, and Brown Family. Sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prays go out to you. Rest In Peace.

  17. Jim DuBois says:

    R.I.P. Mr. Brown. The world is smaller now that he is gone.

  18. Margo Hembree and Sons says:

    It is with tears in my eyes that I say goodbye to a man so loved and so honored Who extended love and compassion to everyone he knew I am so happy the last time I saw him I gave him a A big hug and I hold that in my heart. Of course me and my boys, we loved him dearly for how could you not love him, so wonderful, so giving, so kind. Love you Papa Brown.

  19. Sharon Gray says:

    Peter and family, Very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing, thinking of all of you at this sad time.

  20. jack cushing says:

    one of my favorite all-time friends from softball and town functions-you will be missed-my condolences to the Brown Family- may he rest in peace.

  21. John Reid says:

    I’m Sorry to see of all you guy’s losing your wonderful dad.
    Not needing to be told to those who knew him, but he was a funny & enjoyable man to be around. I will never forget him being at my parents house fixing our TV set (sipping Old Granddad) with my father, God rest both their souls that are now laughing together up in Heaven….
    We all reconnect in the END….
    R.I.P Mr. Brown
    God Bless us all & be well….

  22. Carol Carrasco Trout says:

    I just saw this, so sorry that it is so long after Bob passed. Both Bob and his wife are in my memories from way back with my dad. They were so kind and loving. My prayers for the family, may your grieving be soft.

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