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Juan F. Brown, age 93, of Springfield Massachusetts, entered eternal life peacefully on January 6th, 2024, at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
Born and raised in Costa Rica, Juan moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he met Dorothy Gordon, the love of his life and wife of 57 years. They subsequently moved to Springfield to raise their family. He was a faithful and devoted member of Christ Church Cathedral, where he and Dorothy formed lifelong friendships with other parishioners.
A son of the late Karlona Brown and the late Jose Bermudez, Juan was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Brown; his son, Lawrence Brown; a grandson, Nicholas Brown (Gleidy); and an uncle, Teddy Brown. He is survived by two daughters, Ingrid Tolland (and husband, Brian) and Zoila Truesdale (and husband, Bill); four beloved grandchildren, Victoria, Emily, Sarah, and Jessica; three great-grandchildren, Kaiden, Mia, and Avianna; a brother, Reynaldo; a sister, Christina; a sister-in-law, Yolanda Daley; and a god-daughter, Elizabeth, all of whom he adored.
Juan started in the Merchant Marine before embarking on a career in carpentry where he worked in construction for many years before retirement. Over the years, Juan’s career led to many close friendships including those with the Leon’s and Campos’s.
Juan loved traveling the world with Dorothy, especially the cruises, and the many trips they often organized with friends and family. He enjoyed music and loved to dance. A baseball player in his youth, Juan was an avid fan, especially of the Red Sox who he followed closely. Juan was an enthusiastic gardener who enjoyed sitting in the yard admiring his handiwork and sharing the fruits of his labor with neighbors. He adored his family and enjoyed every moment spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, bringing a smile to his face. He spent many an afternoon enjoying cheering them on at sporting events and recitals.
Juan’s quiet composure and warm heart will always be remembered by those that were fortunate to know him. Juan was loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Baystate Medical Center and the Wellington for their kind and compassionate care, as well as his neighbors the Straub Family for their support and friendship over the years.
A celebration of Juan’s life will be held on Saturday, January 13th, 2024. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., at Christ Church Cathedral, 35 Chestnut Street, Springfield, Massachusetts, followed by requiem mass at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Juan's name to: Kaiden and Mia Brown College Fund Memorial Account at Greater Springfield Credit Union in Springfield or East Longmeadow, MA.