Russell A. Brown, Jr. "RB", 81, passed away on March 29, 2012, at Rock Castle Respiratory Center in Mont Vernon, Ky. where had been a patient since 2008 fighting a courageous battle with ALS.
Born in Gloversville, N.Y., on August 29, 1930, the son of the late Rose and Russell Brown Sr. He attended Gloversville schools and enlisted in the U.S. Navy on September 1947. He served in Guam during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in July of 1954.
Russ is survived by his six children, Cynthia Lakata (Edward) of Johnstown, April McGivern of Caroga Lake, Hope Sweesy (David) and Larry Brown (Jan), both of Amsterdam, Milisa Brown Neri of Mayfield and Shane Brown of Gloversville; a stepdaughter, Cheryl Blackwood of New Boston, N.H.; sister, Regina Insogna of Gloversville; and brother, Edward Brown of Plant City, Fla.; a dear friend, Tom Dudley, of Caroga Lake; nine grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He also leaves behind his beloved companion, Emma Corey of Mt. Vernon, Ky. and her son, Jim Prieto of Buckeye, Ark. Emma had been by his side every day throughout his illness and gave him a reason to fight his disease. She had brought such happiness to him with her love and devotion.
RB had a love for antiques and owned several antique and furniture businesses throughout the years. He had a passion for airplanes and motorcycles and had owned an open-cockpit airplane at one time and many motorcycles during his life. He often rode with his sons, daughters and friends and it was those days that will always be remembered. He introduced his companion, Emma, to motorcycles and they enjoyed riding in Florida and Tennessee and attending bike week in Daytona Beach.
Russ will be remembered as a genuine, kind-hearted man. Those who had the pleasure of knowing him will remember his caring nature, his quick wit and sense of humor, and that "twinkle" in his eye. He will be forever missed.
The family extends a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses, assistants, social workers, and chaplain at the Rock Castle Respiratory Center where he received exceptional care. Russ loved each and every one of them and our family will be forever grateful for their dedication to his care.
Arrangements were conducted by Dowell and Martin of Mont Vernon, Ky.
There will be no services at Russ's request.
Remembrances can be sent to the ALS Association at 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301.