Harold Willis Brown, 91: A gifted wood worker

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PORTLAND — Harold Willis Brown, 91, died May 20 at Sedgewood Commons.

He was born in Freeport to Frederick A. and Hattie M. Lord Brown. He attended local schools and was a 1940 graduate of Freeport High School. Brown served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

On Nov. 6, 1949, he married Claire Hannon at St. Andrews Church in Forest Hills, Mass.

Brown worked as a tool maker for the Thomas Loughlin Company for 42 years before retiring in the early ’80s. He also served on the Board of Trustees for the Thomas Laughlin Credit Union.

He served on the building committee at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Freeport, and was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church. He also was Eucharistic Minister and worked with the Youth Ministry program at the church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Woodfords Club, the 60 Plus Club and has been active on the Christ the King Breakfast Committee.

Brown was an avid wood-worker who enjoyed sharing his craft with family and friends.

He was predeceased by a son, Philip Brown, in 2005; sister, Florence Davis; and brothers F. William Brown and Robert Brown.

Brown is survived by his wife; daughter, Maryanne Connolly, and her husband, Thomas; sons Stephen Brown and his wife, Pamela, and Paul Brown and his wife, Lisa; nine grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Visiting hours were held May 23 at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home in Portland. Funeral services were held May 24 at St. Patrick’s Church followed by a military burial in New Calvary Cemetery.