Joseph N. Brown, MOWRI Founder, 1924-2014

Joseph N. Brown, MOWRI Founder, 1924-2014

oseph N. Brown, 90, died on November 17. He was the beloved husband of Jeannette (Carpenter) Brown for 19 years. Born in 1924 in Durham, Maine, he was a son of the late Joseph and Charity Brown. He served during World War II as a tank instructor at Camp Hord, Texas. On a week-long furlough in 1944 he married Fern Hastings, to whom he was married for 50 years until her death in 1994.
After the war he attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, on the GI Bill, while supporting his family by selling Fuller Brushes. By his graduation in 1950 he had a family of four children, later followed by four more, with whom he shared many “game nights” and adventuresome bedtime stories.
Joe moved to RI in 1954. Through the years he held many jobs, one of his favorites being teaching at Ponaganset High School where he also coached Cross Country (“just get the next man”) and started the Adult Education Program. He also started the Scituate / Foster Little League Program, was secretary to the Building Committee of Trimtown Elementary School, and served for a number of years on the Board of Directors of the North Scituate Library.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Meals on Wheels of RI founder, Joseph Brown.  Our thoughts are with his family, friends and the many people he touched during his extraordinary life.