FALMOUTH - Joseph Michael Brown passed away peacefully at home on April 28, 2020 just three days after his 92nd birthday.
Joe was born in Medford on April 25, 1928 to Michael J. and Evelyn (Briggs) Brown. He attended St. Joseph’s School and graduated Medford High School with the class of 1945. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1946 and spent 13 months in Korea, serving as MP with the 207th MPs and earned the rank of Corporal.
Upon his return to Medford, he attended trade school for TV/Radio repair and eventually obtained his teaching degree from Westfield State University where he also later earned his Master’s degree. Joe became a teacher at Medford Vocational Technical High School, a position he would hold for nearly 30 years until his retirement in 1992. While teaching, Joe also ran his own business after school making house calls for TV repairs. Joe had many loyal customers and made many long lasting friendships with his clients.
In 1963, Joe met Theresa Holland of Chelsea, and they married in 1964 buying a house in the countryside of Woburn. Joe and Theresa began a family with the adoptions of Joseph Jr. in 1966, Colleen in 1968, and Patrick in 1970.
Winter time at the Brown residence could only mean ice skating. Joe coached Joe Jr. and Patrick for many years in ice hockey as part of Woburn Youth Hockey. Even though he stood six feet six inches tall, he himself played goalie for years, including many years in the Over 30 League and “Courtny Club.” and it was a challenge to get a puck past him! Colleen was the figure skater with Joe teaching her how to skate as a youngster.
Summertime was travel time for the Browns. Joe and Theresa would pack up the family in the car and camper and spend weeks traveling the United States and Canada, visiting old friends and Army buddies. Stops on some of the trips included Niagara Falls, Cooperstown, Hershey Park and Amish Country. For the countries Bicentennial a special trip to Wisconsin to visit an Army buddy.
After retirement, Joe and Theresa made the “Cape House” in Falmouth their full-time residence. They welcomed many guests and relatives during their years there. The Falmouth Road Race was an annual event enjoyed by the Brown’s and their friends and relatives. They loved company!
Joe is predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Theresa (Holland) Brown who passed away in 2008.
Joe is survived by his companion and love, Lois Girard of Mashpee. He is further survived by his children, Joseph Jr. and his wife Daniela of Woburn; Colleen Burns of Salem; and Patrick of Falmouth. He was the dear brother of Beverly Clancy of Brighton and the late Evelyn Dwyer of Woburn. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Meredith, Marissa, and Robert Burns of Salem MA; and Andrew, Matthew, and Meaghan Brown of Woburn, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joe will be interred at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Due to current restrictions related to the pandemic, a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in Joe’s name to the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod Hospice, 67 Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth, MA 02540 or St Patrick's Catholic Church 511 Main St, Falmouth, MA 02540.