A storyteller by nature, Rich could hold an audience like no other. He could walk into any room and come out with a new friend. He enjoyed golf, hunting, cooking, history, hockey, Byrne Dairy Ice Cream, and the many dogs he had throughout his life- especially Louie who stayed by his side until the very end. He was extremely patriotic and loved his country. He was the most loyal friend, always putting others first. Even at the worst of times, he had the most amazing attitude. He was a proud “Laker” and coached youth hockey, baseball, and softball teams. He was a board member of the Skaneateles Country Club, a Son of the Skaneateles American Legion Post 239, and a member and Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles.
His friends and family meant the world to him. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Karen (Folk), son, Major Richard Brown III, U.S Army (Joia) of Tilton, NH, daughter, Katie Andrianos (Luke) of Fairfield, CT, grandchildren Adam & Cole Andrianos, sister, Linda Tucker (Kevin), sister, Susan Jones, sister-in-law, Dale Folk, sister-in-law, Robin Boyd (Ted), and several nieces, nephews, and grandpuppies. He also had many, many friends whom he considered family.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, October 25th, 2022 from 4-7 PM at the Robert D. Gray Funeral Home, 49 Jordan St in Skaneateles.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 26th, 2022 at 11 AM at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E Genesee Street in Skaneateles.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cleveland Clinic Lung Transplant Foundation (give.ccf.org – Lung Transplant) or the Hope Lodge of Cleveland (https://www.cancer.org/support-programs-and-services/patient-lodging/hope-lodge/cleveland/suphttps://www.cancer.org/support-programs-and-services/patient-lodging/hope-lodge/cleveland/support-us.htmlport-us.html)
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