Ronald H. Brown, 71: Marched in Kennedy inaugural parade, enjoyed cribbage

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Ronald H. Brown, 71, died April 9 at a Portland hospital after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Belfast, a son of Harold Keene and Francis M. Beckwith Brown, he attended Belfast schools, and graduated from Crosby High School in 1958.

He later attended Casco Bay College in Portland.

In the early 1960s he served in the U.S. Coast Guard, and was proud to have participated in the inaugural parade for President John F. Kennedy.

For over 20 years he was a deliveryman for H.P. Hood and Sons Milk Company. Later on he worked as a customer sales representative for L.L. Bean and earned a Bean’s Best Award.

He was very close to his family and especially enjoyed playing cribbage with them.

A daughter, Deborah Jean Brown, predeceased him in 1962.

Surviving are three sons, Ronald S. Brown of Cumberland, Eric W. Brown and his wife Adele of Scarborough and Matthew A. Brown of South Portland; a sister, Diane DiCicco of Glen Falls, N.Y.; two granddaughters, Amanda Porter and her husband Joshua of Chesnee, S.C., and Natasha Brown of Scarborough; and two great grandchildren, Jacob and Skylar Porter of Chesnee, S. C.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elm Street United Methodist Church, 168 Elm St., South Portland, ME 04106 or to the Maine Parkinson Society, P.O. Box 2382, South Portland, ME 04106.

There will be no visiting hours.

A celebration of his life will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 14, at the Elm Street Methodist Church.

Arrangements are by the Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.

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