Lawrence Brown

Lawrence Brown

Saturday, September 18th, 1926 Monday, March 25th, 2019

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Obituary for Lawrence N. Brown

Lawrence Norman Brown, 92, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2019, at Fairmount Health Center, Ohio Living Breckenridge Village in Willoughby, where he and his wife, Corine, resided the past 13 years. Spending time with his family was the joy of his life, and they were fortunate to be with him in his final days.
Larry was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 18, 1926, to Karl and Lila Brown. He grew up in East Cleveland where, as a youth, he spent his time helping with his father’s meat market/grocery store business. He graduated from Shaw High School in June 1944, and enlisted in the Marine Corps, in which he served a two-year tour of duty and received a Purple Heart resulting from action on Iwo Jima.
In 1949, Larry completed his BA in Physical Education at Ohio State, married his high school sweetheart, Corine Wissman, and began his 30-year teaching and coaching career at Kirtland High School. He went on to be active in both the Willoughby and Kirtland communities through the YMCA, Kiwanis, First Presbyterian Church, and the Kirtland Summer Recreation Program.
During his long retirement, Larry and Connie enjoyed splitting their time between Willoughby, Crystal Lake, in Frankfort, Michigan, and Captiva Island, Florida, as well as countless visits to spend time with their growing family. In Frankfort, he was an active sailor at the Crystal Lake Yacht Club and enjoyed many years of golf and tennis at Crystal Downs Country Club.
Preceding him in death was his beloved wife, Corine, his two sisters, Constance and Marjorie, and their husbands. He is survived by his sons, Bob (Martha Haddick), Tom (Heidi Lang), and Dave (Sue Cowdrick), grandchildren Sarah, Adam, Molly (Michael Bartlett), Emily, Stephanie, David (Colleen Haller) Kyle (Taylor Allen), Claire (Ryan Steele) and Liz (Drew DeWitt), and great-grandchildren, Leah and Matthew Steele, and Liam DeWitt.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Shankland Road, Willoughby, Ohio, at 1:30pm on Monday, April 1, 2019. The Rev. Diane Walker, Chaplain at Breckenridge, will officiate at the service. A reception will follow at the church.
Private family burial will be held this summer at Crystal Lake Cemetery in Frankfort, Michigan.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio Living Breckenridge Village Life Care Fund, 36855 Ridge Road, Willoughby Ohio, 44094, or the First Presbyterian Church, 4785 Shankland Road, Willoughby, Ohio, 44094.

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    Monday, April 1st, 2019 | 1:30pm
    First Presbyterian Church of Willoughby
    4785 Shankland Road
    Willoughby, OH
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    Monday, April 1st, 2019
    Rev. Diane E. Walker
  • Interment

    Crystal Lake Cemetery
    Address not given

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Ted and Arline Greene and Family sent flowers to the family of Lawrence N. Brown.
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Brockway Mary Beth

I was so very sorry to read of Coach Brown’s passing in the News Herald. My late husband, Al Brockway, was coached by him in the early to mid-1950’s at Kirtland High School. Al was a great basketball player and won numerous awards (due to great coaching and great team members) in the Western Reserve League - of which Kirtland was a member of that league. Coach Brown was highly respected and Al entered the Marine Corps in 1955 due in part of Coach’s experience in the Marines that he passed along to Al. I had the honor of meeting Coach a few times at reunion dinners or at our home for a summer cookout. My condolences to Coach’s family and friends.
Mary Beth Brockway
Comment | Posted at 03:44pm via Condolence

Brian Miller

I am proud to say that Coach Brown was a teacher, mentor and friend. I admired and looked up to him, and sought his advice many times. I am sad that he is gone but celebrate a lif well lived. My condolences to his family.
Comment | Posted at 09:34pm via Condolence

Ted and Arline Greene and Family

Larry will live on in our hearts and minds as one of the nicest, most decent men in our lives. He certainly brought great honor and respect to the Greatest Generation.
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Ted and Arline Greene and Family purchased the Sentiments of Serenity Spray for the family of Lawrence Brown.
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Larry Satava

altho we didnt see eye to eye on some things he was a great coach, mentor and was one of the people that made Kirtland hi what it would be hard to imagine those days being what they were without him.. may he rest in a well deserved peace...
Comment | Posted at 07:20pm via Condolence

Sue Clark

Coach Brown was truly a kind man who took time to know his students and athletes. He was a loving husband. He will not be forgotten.
Comment | Posted at 12:47pm via Condolence

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