Edward R. Brown

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Beverly Farms - Edward R. Brown, 80, passed to the new life on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. He was the son of the late Edward Lyman Brown and May (Jack) Brown.
Born in Beverly, he resided in Beverly Farms for most of his life. He was a graduate of Beverly High School and Boston University, class of 1961. A military veteran of the Cold War and the beginning of the Vietnam campaign, He served for three years in the United States Army, including overseas duty near Sinop, Turkey, with the Army Security Agency. For 35 years he was employed as a journalist on the North Shore, mostly with the "old" Salem Evening News, retiring as chief copy editor. He had previously worked for the former Beverly Times and Peabody Times as a reporter, sports editor, and news editor.
After retiring he held for four years part-time jobs at the Beverly Citizen weekly newspaper as a sports writer and editorial page columnist. An avid local historian, he was a long-time volunteer for Historic Beverly as a researcher, writer, tour guide, a former trustee, member of the Collections Committee and Hale House docent. He was the author of several local history books, most of them published, including, "Thieves, Cowbeaters and Other True Tales of Colonial Beverly;" "What Only Two Could Do;" 'That's the Stuff, Kid;" "Big Wheels Kept On Turning;" "Guardian of the Flame; "Beverly Bedeviled;" "Pillars of Perseverance;" "The Children of Hale Farm;" and was a major contributor to Historic Beverly's "Chronicles of a Coastal Town," along with a number of papers and booklets including a history of the West Beach Corporation.
He was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms, serving a term on the Vestry and as a lector, prayer leader and office volunteer. In addition, he was a long-time member and past commander of Michael J. Cadigan Post 46 of the American Legion in Beverly Farms, the Mass. Audubon Society, Essex County Greenbelt and the Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society. He had been a member for 25 years of the former Salem Newspaper Guild AFL-CIO, and was inducted into the honorary journalism society Kappa Tau Alpha. A devotee of baseball, he had been associated for 20 years with the Executive Board of the Beverly Little League and in the early 1990s took a role in the planning and construction of the Harry Ball Field complex at 410 Essex Street. He also served as secretary of the former Beverly Midget Football League and in 1983 received a service to youth award from the Beverly Regional YMCA.
Mr. Brown is survived by several cousins in the U.S. and in Scotland and by his dear friend Betsy B. Smith
of Beverly.
His memorial service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 705 Hale Street, Beverly Farms, on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on June 11, 2019
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James v
Jun 11, 2019
A kind and wonderful man.GREAT to the Beverly little league baseball program. Rip Ed.