Richard Brown

Died: February 1, 2016
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Richard H. Brown, 87, of Vestal and formerly of Owego, passed away peacefully Monday, February 1, 2016, surrounded by his family. He was born in Sayre on July 8, 1928, to Harry M. and Eva M. Brown. For most of his youth, Richard lived in Endicott, where he graduated from Union-Endicott High School in 1946. While at U-E, he met the love of his life, Dolores M. Battaglini, in ninth grade. Richard also developed his passion for athletics at U-E, winning Triple Cities and Section 4 honors as a sprinter on the varsity track team. Richard enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 1946. He served in Northern Italy as part of the Allied Occupation Forces. He received the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. Richard and Dolores married on June 30, 1951, and shared more than 64 years together. Richard earned a bachelor’s degree from Springfield College and a master’s degree from Ithaca College. From 1952 to 1983, he was a physical education teacher, coach, and athletic director in the Owego-Apalachin Central School District. At Owego Free Academy, he coached varsity wrestling, football, baseball, and cross-country. In 1984, he was the first OFA coach elected to the Section 4 Hall of Fame. In 2004, he was chosen as an inaugural member of the Owego-Apalachin Wall of Fame. In 2015, he was selected to the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. As a coach and athletic director, Richard was one of the most successful and honored contributors in the long history of OFA athletics. In the words of one sportswriter from 1973, Richard “elevated not only the name of Owego Free Academy into the eyes of the Southern Tier, but he has taught many of our present-day community leaders how to be men and how to be fair and play an honest game.” Richard was a man of uncommon integrity, wisdom, and humor. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. Richard was predeceased by his father in 1929, his mother in 1981, and his brother, Harry S. Brown, in 2004. He is survived by his wife, Dolores M. Brown; three children and their spouses: Roger and Suzanne Brown, Cynthia and Joseph Walker, and Kyle and Patricia Brown; four grandchildren: Kristen (Chad) Reinemann, Michael Walker, Patrick Walker, and Elizabeth Brown; and two great-grandchildren: Cooper Reinemann and Kaitlyn Reinemann. He also leaves behind many friends and relatives.

A memorial service will be held for Richard Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 11 am at Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott. Before the memorial service, the family will receive friends and relatives beginning at 10 am. A private burial will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Owego. Donations may be made in Richard’s name to the Tioga County Boys & Girls Club, 201 Erie Street, Owego, NY 13827.


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Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016

Time: 11:00 am


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Bill Cornell posted on 2/3/16

Mr. Brown did so much for his community and school. He certainly made OFA a wrestling powerhouse!


Deb Howes posted on 2/3/16

So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I know how much both of you did in the past couple of years. Our thoughts and prayers are will all of you. Rob and Deb Howes


Patty and Ralph Garrison posted on 2/3/16

Dear Aunt Dolores, Roger and Sue, Cindy and Joe, Kyle and Trish, grandchildren and great grandchildren We are sorry about the lose of Uncle Dick. His obituary was beautiful. May you all find comfort in your memories. Love, Patty and Ralph, Stephanie and Adam, Michael and Kai, Elizabeth


David G. Boland posted on 2/4/16

Delores and family. I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing . Its been 55 years since I worked with Delores in the IBM Owego Cafeteria. I will always remember the great devotion and love that the Browns had for each other and the wonderful family that was created as a result of of the love they all had for each other. May the LIGHT OF GOD SHINE upon his soul. And may his wonderful legacy help you all get thru this very difficult time.


Jim and Barb ODonnell posted on 2/4/16

Count us among those who have great memories of Dick. He had a great impact on those of us who played sports in his early years. Looking back I can remember great maturity even though he was a young teacher and coach at the time.


Dave Pitcher posted on 2/4/16

Dolores, Roger, Cindy and Kyle---- Lots of great memories from our OFA days. Thinking of you.