James Wilbur Brown, 90, of Charlotte, Vermont passed away quietly on Friday June 29th at the VNA Respite House in Colchester surrounded by his family. He was born in Granville, NY on February 15, 1928 to Culver S. Brown and Ruth Whyte Brown of Wells, VT. Jim lived in South Burlington and Shelburne before moving to Charlotte in 1970. Jim grew up and went to school in Granville, NY. On graduating from Granville High School in 1946, he enlisted in the Navy. His older brother was already serving with the US Army in Europe. They both went on to graduate from the engineering program at UVM in 1951, an opportunity provided by the GI bill. While at UVM, Jim worked at the Campus Kitchen and for Jennison Engineering. After graduating, he worked for the US Navy Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, Maryland, moving on to the US Bureau of Standards in 1952. He returned to Vermont in 1953, working briefly for the Howe Scale Company before returning to Jennison Engineering in 1955. He purchased the company with partners and served as president from 1961 until retiring in 1989, when it was purchased by Thermoelectron Corp. Jennison designed mechanical and electrical systems for commercial buildings throughout New England and New York. Jim enjoyed sailing on Lake Champlain in his ketch Tender Lies and was a member of the Lake Champlain Yacht Club in the 1960’s. He held a private pilot’s license and built and flew light sport aircraft from his farm in Charlotte, where he was always working on a new project. He will be remembered for his kindness, his pragmatism and leadership, and his unwavering support for family. Jim is survived by his wife Helen of Charlotte and his three children, James Brown of Burlington, Mark Brown of Colchester and Lyn Brown of Woodstock, as well as Helen’s daughters Brenda of Richmond, VA and Deborah of Charlotte. Helen’s beloved son Rick passed away in 2003. Mark, Lyn, Brenda, Debi and Rick all attended CVUHS while growing up at the farmhouse in Charlotte, where Jim and Helen were married in 1974. He also leaves his grandchildren: Mark and Tracy’s children, Garrett, Haley and Megan, and James and Vida’s children, Albert and Marjorie, and Helen’s grandchildren. Jim was predeceased by his brother, Culver Brown, of Palo Alto, CA and Sanford, ME, in 2012. His first wife and mother of James, Marjorie Niver Brown of Granville, NY died in 1954. Jane O’Keefe Brown, his second wife and mother of Mark and Lyn, passed away in 2003. Jim’s father Culver died in 1954, his mother Ruth in 1987. Visitation will take place Monday July 2, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Ready Funeral Home and Cremation Services South Chapel 261 Shelburne Rd. Burlington, VT. Graveside services will be at the Mettawee Valley Cemetery in Granville, NY on Tuesday July 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM. The family extends a heartfelt thanks to the Visiting Nurses Association and the Respite House for the outstanding care Jim received and the compassion shown his family. If you wish to contribute in Jim’s memory please send to VNA Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Highway Colchester, VT 05446. To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of James Brown, please visit our Tribute Store.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of James Wilbur Brown 2018. Ready Funeral Service
Death notice for the town of: Burlington, state: Vermont