Paul E. Brown Sr. of Livonia, New York, a former resident of Oak Island, died April 8, 2013, at age 96.
Mr. Brown is survived by his children, Marjorie (Jon) Fries of Livonia, Paul E. Brown Jr. of Livonia, Taylor S. (Jennifer) Brown of Rochester, New York; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Taylor Brown.
Mr. Brown graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Virginia, where he began teaching music in 1936. He was a member of the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra from 1938 to 1960. He formed the Portsmouth Community Band in 1939; it is still active today.
After volunteering for the Army Air Force in 1942, he and his new wife, Taylor Jackson Brown, a WAC, were stationed in Florida. After discharge in 1945, Mr. Brown attended the New England Conservatory, where he received his undergraduate degree. He returned to teaching in Virginia.
In 1960, Mr. Brown moved his family to Avon in western New York, where he completed his Masters at the Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman, he played with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. He then taught music at the Caledonia-Mumford School in Caledonia, New York, until his retirement in 1978.
In 1982, due to his wife’s ill health, the couple moved to Oak Island. Here, Mr. Brown was active in the Methodist church and was celebrated for his work with the Brunswick County Literacy Council.
After his wife’s death in 1991 he returned to western New York. There, over the course of a year, he, his daughter and son-in-law, grandsons and friends all worked to build his “little house in the woods,” where he lived until his death.
Family and friends are invited to call Tuesday, April 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., 350 Genesee St., Avon, New York. His memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 17, at 3 p.m. at the Avon United Methodist Church, 130 Genesee St., Avon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Nature Conservancy, 1048 University Ave., Rochester, NY 14607 in his memory.