Peter H. Brown, 73: hard worker, compassionate volunteer

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PORTLAND — Peter H. Brown, 73, died at his home Aug. 14. He was born in Westbrook April 6, 1939, a son of the late Philip and Rose (Babb) Brown.

Brown grew up in Falmouth and took pride in doing the very best job possible. At the age of 12 he told his father he was bored during the summer. As a result, he found himself with his first full-time job on the Zacharias farm inoculating chickens, haying, and strawberry picking. He spent other summers as a groundskeeper, landscaping estates on Cumberland Foreside.

He then worked for Bancroft & Martin in the steel mill, and spent 15 years at American Can while earning his bachelor’s degree in accounting. Brown went on to work at Blue Cross Blue Shield in 1974. During that time he earned his master’s degree from the University of Southern Maine and grew through the ranks of senior auditor to vice president of government programs.

He valued spending time with his family and his many good friends. Brown also enjoyed his camp on Long Lake in Naples where he liked to garden, read, visit with his neighbors, and in recent years he learned to kayak.

Brown participated in volunteer work at the Preble Street soup kitchen, and took joy in visiting the Barbara Bush Children’s Center delivering baskets full of stuffed animals for the children.

Baseball was a passion of Brown’s. He played as young man on the Twilight League along with players who were drafted to play in the major leagues. He was quite an athlete, playing competitive basketball as well as enjoying his love of baseball. 

He was predeceased by his parents; his aunt and uncle, Wilma and Sydney Babb; and his first wife, Irene Brown, who passed away in 2002.

Brown is survived by his wife, Sharon Brown, of Portland; his daughter, Patti Brown, of Portland; his stepdaughter, Sarah Shaw, of Boston; many extended in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  

A memorial service was held Aug. 18 at First Parish Congregational Church in Yarmouth. Interment will be held privately.