George Thomas Brown died peacefully on November 12, 2022. He was 94 ½ - something he would want everyone to know as he was a stickler with numbers.
George was born on May 11, 1928, to George Taylor Brown and Anna Demyanovich. He grew up in Bayonne, New Jersey. After multiple attempts to join the Navy, he was finally successful at the age of 16 ½. During his career, he was awarded the World War II Victory medal, the American Area medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Area medal.
He met Joan Driscoll who was the love of his life on a blind date, and they married on May 16, 1953. They remained married for 63 years until her death in 2017. After living in different places in New Jersey, they settled in Manasquan in 1971. He had a 34-year career with Exxon Research and Engineering where he earned many merit awards, was a Union Representative for the teamsters and somehow managed to acquire a lifetime supply of both pens and plastic bags. During this time, he also worked on the Manasquan Beach Patrol where he pioneered the “undercover beach sweep,” “swim breaks” and lengthy lunches while inventing the three-man water balloon launcher used frequently by the lifeguards on rainy days.
At the age of 58, he retired from Exxon. His retirement freed him up to increase his passion for volunteerism. George was a founding member of the Manasquan Elks, delivered Meals on Wheels, and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and the Wounded Warriors.
Joan and George raised six children and instilled in them two mottos: “One for All and All for One” and “The Family that Plays Together Stays Together”. They enjoyed family vacations every year and many camping and fishing outings. George was also an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the ocean and spent hours swimming in the Glimmer Glass in Jersey and later the Bogue Sound in Pine Knoll Shores in NC where they moved in 1999.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Joan, his sister Margaret Keating, and his daughter Susan Brown. He leaves behind his children and their spouses: Marge, George (Judy), Jerry (Patti), John (Bonnie), and Mike (Trisha), his sister-in-law Regina Broadbelt and her husband Curt, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews and close friends who adored him.
A special thank you to the Pine Knoll Shores First Aid who helped him up from many falls and the staff at The Bayview Nursing and Rehab Center In New Bern for their care in George’s last few years.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in George’s name to Pine Knoll Shores First Aid.
A funeral service for Mr. Brown was held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, November 15th, at St. Egbert Catholic Church in Morehead City, officiated by Rev. Ryszard Kolodziej. There will also be a celebration of George’s life in Manasquan at a later date.
Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net
Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory in Morehead City, NC.