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Richard C. Brown

March 26, 1959 ~ March 28, 2018 (age 59)
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Mr. Richard C. Brown, 59, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, MA after a 7-year battle.  Richard was born on March 26, 1959, in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia to Rod Brown and Betty (Shaw) Brown.  He had worked as a facility manager at Lego, Evergreen Solar, and most recently at the Tantasqua & Union 61 School District in Sturbridge, MA. Richard enjoyed volunteering many hours to the local chapters of the  American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity.  Many will remember Richard as “A Very Good Man”, he was always ready and willing to help friends and family with any projects.  Richard was always helpful, especially during snow storms, he enjoyed cleaning neighbor’s sidewalks.  He was always willing to lend a helpful hand.  His profound sense of humor will be missed by his wife of 8 years Dawn Brown of Palmer, MA, his parents Rod and Betty Brown of Springfield, MA,  his son Brian R. Brown of Wilbraham, MA, his step-daughter Makala S. Yarkin of Ohio, his sisters: Linda Taylor and her predeceased husband Lance of Springfield, MA, Melissa Messier and her husband Michael of Freemont, CA, Susan Kuhns and her husband Michael of Suffield, CT, Theresa Bascom and her husband David of Rhode Island, and Robin Ashworth and her husband Peter of Springfield, MA; his granddaughter Abigail Yarkin Jones of Ohio, along with many other family members, close friends and his church family at Pioneer Valley Baptist Chapel.  The Brown family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Wingate Wilbraham, Kindred Country Estates, Holden Rehabilitation, Baystate Medical Center, UMass Memorial Medical Center and St. Vincent Hospital for the compassion and care provided over the past 7 years.  A memorial service will be held at 11AM on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Pioneer Valley Baptist Chapel, 56 Perkins St., Chicopee, MA 01013  A reception with lite refreshments will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial donation to: American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave., Waltham, MA 02451 (www.heart.org), American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts, 150 Brookdale Dr., Springfield, MA 01104 (www.redcross.org), or Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity, 268 Cold Springs Ave., West Springfield, MA 01089 (www.habitatspringfield.org) End of life arrangements have been entrusted to Avalon Life Celebration Center & Cremation Services, LLC 691 College Highway, Southwick, MA.  To express condolences, share memories or photos please visit Richard’s memorial page at www.avaloncelebrations.com  PALMER-

Donations may be made to:

American Heart Association of Massachusetts
300 5th Ave., Waltham MA 02451
Web: http://www.heart.org

American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts
150 Brookdale Drive, Springfield MA 01104
Web: http://www.redcross.org/

Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity
268 Cold Spring Ave., West Springfield MA 01089
Tel: 1-800-422-4828
Web: http://www.habitatspringfield.org

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