, Salem, MA

January 16, 2013

Gordon L. Brown Jr., 81

Marblehead — Gordon Lincoln Brown Jr., age 81, died peacefully at the Kaplan Family Hospice Home in Danvers, MA, on January 10, 2013, surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Gordon was born in Lynn, MA, on March 14, 1931, the son of Gordon Lincoln Brown and Alice Mae (Cotton) Brown. He was raised in Swampscott, MA, and graduated from Swampscott High, attended Hebron Academy and graduated from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. While at Middlebury, he met and married Judith Berry and raised three children in Marblehead, MA. Gordon owned and ran the Willard D. Martin Insurance and Real Estate Agency and was involved in many community organizations including the Marblehead YMCA, the North Shore Red Cross and the Marblehead Jaycees. Gordon, aka “Bomber”, was an avid skier and was a long standing ski patroller at Mt Whittier in Ossipee, NH, where he and his family spent most weekends and summers. In addition to skiing, Gordon loved to sail, golf, and travel and beat most of his family and friends at cribbage.

He was preceded in death by his wife Judy of 42 years, his grandson Jared and is survived by his loving companion of 15 years, Sylvia Swain of Marblehead, MA, and North Conway, NH. Gordon’s surviving family includes his brother Roger Brown of Gypsum, CO, his brother-in-law Wendell Berry of Newport, NH, and his wife Judith, his daughter Donna Schuler of Windham, NH, and her husband Ronald Schuler, son Douglas Brown of Kezar Falls, ME, and his partner Audrey Harris and his son Geoffrey Brown of Chester, VT, and his partner Mark Martins. Extended family includes Gary Swain of Marblehead, MA, and his wife Sheelagh Swain, and Mandy Sylvester of Salem, MA, and her husband Martin Sylvester.

He is also survived by his grandchildren Annalese (Brown) Balser and husband Chad, Kirsten Schuler, Kurt Schuler, Cassie (Brown) Ennis and husband Sean, Matthew Brown as well as 4 great-grandchildren, Beau, Rylee, Colton and Jared. Additionally, Gordon is survived by 6 nephews, Gordy, Michael, Nick, Jed, Christian and Thor Erik, his niece Debbie and an extended grandson, Nicholas.

ARRANGEMENTS: Arrangements include a memorial service followed by conversation and refreshments at the Old North Church, 35 Washington St., Marblehead, MA 01945, at 11 am on Saturday, January 19th, 2013. At the family’s request, there are no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Gordon to the Kaplan Family Hospice Home in Danvers, MA, or the Wounded Warrior Project at For online guest book or additional information please call 781-631-8885 or visit