George W. Darrah

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George W. Darrah

September 05, 1951 - December 03, 2018

George W. Darrah Beverly - George W. Darrah, 67, former owner of Browns of Beverly Bicycles, passed away peacefully on December 3, 2018, surrounded by his family at the Kaplan House, after a lengthy illness. Born in Beverly, raised in Lynn and long-time resident of Beverly, he was the son of the late George A. Darrah Sr. and Eleanor (Fisher) Darrah.

George, along with his wife, Jane and brother Richard owned and operated Browns of Beverly Bicycles for many years. He loved his bike shop and was happiest there, selling, talking about and working on bikes. He was a wealth of knowledge of the bike industry dating back to the 1950’s. In addition, he loved watching and talking sports, statistics and players, particularly about the Red Sox.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Jane (Elderkin) Darrah, his son George E. Darrah of Beverly, and daughter Lauren W. Darrah of Beverly and her fiancé Craig G. Bartlett. He is also survived by his brother Richard B. Darrah and his wife Suzanne of Topsfield. In addition to his immediate family, George is survived by many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services will be held at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, on Saturday, December 8, at 10 a.m. Visiting hours will be held Friday, December 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA 01923. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. Information, directions, condolences at
Published on December 5, 2018
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Anne Fitzgerald Martin
Dec 13, 2018
I am so sorry to hear that George passed away. He was always so kind to my family of bike riders. I remember you all fondly from my days of teaching at SJS and will keep you in my prayers.
Craig White
Dec 12, 2018
My deepest sympathy Jane, George, Lauren and Richard. I always enjoyed my sales calls to Brown's. Great conversation, especially talking Red Sox / Yankees baseball ( which one of us was the Yankees fan?). Always fun figuring out the "good guy" pricing as George would say.
Diane Dunbar
Dec 07, 2018
George ,Ritchie , and their dad landmarks at Brown's Bikes. I've know you all since I was a little girl and it saddens me to know that George has passed way too soon. He will be missed and his memory will remain in the hearts and miinds of the many people he befriended accross the years. My sincere sympathy to His family, and to you Ritchie you were such a duo.
EF Sweetman
Dec 07, 2018
My condolences to Jane, George, and Lauren, and to Richard. We moved to Beverly in 1993, and bought two beautiful bikes from Browns. Both sons learned to ride on Browns bikes, and our youngest son worked in the shop. George always treated all of us like family. He was a true gentleman; polite, kind, and funny. We miss Browns, and we miss George more.
Clifford duzz
Dec 06, 2018
may you rest in peace George thankyou for your years of service and always helping me with all my bikes from my first freestyling bike parts in the 80s to mountain bike parts in the 90s all the way to my kids bikes in the 2000s i will always remember you my friend
Jan & Don Preston
Dec 06, 2018
Our sincere sympathies go out to George’s family & friends, on his passing. Remembering the many years we shared as business neighbors, and friends, including snowball fights across Cabot St, and other fun hijinks! Always a smile & genuine humor.
You will be missed George, but so fondly remembered.
Joshua Berg
Dec 05, 2018
My deepest condolences to you, Richie, and to all of Georges family. I am glad to have had the chance to visit the shop during the last weeks before closing up, and catch up with George. We had more than a few good chuckles recalling the early years of the shop, his dad "brownie", and the stories from the many summers when I worked at the shop as a teenager, over 35 years ago.
Gerry Greenstein
Dec 05, 2018
to George's family and especially Richie, I am devastated by the loss of George. As owner of National Bike I was not your competion but your friend. Many years of being the only two bike shops in Beverly was a great thing. I sold Schwinns and you sold Ralieghs. We both sold and serviced great bicycles. I wish it cou;ld have gone on forever. Rip George and Richie stay healthy God bless.
Gerry Greenstein
Rae Stern Swett
Dec 05, 2018
I am so sorry about George. My thoughts are with all of you. My family business was on the opposite side of the street. My teens and early adult years were spent downtown. We shared stories of customers and working with our families. I bought all of my bikes and supplies at Browns. I remember the move to the larger building. I am sad about this loss. I am unable to be with you at this time as I live in FL but I am there in spirit.
Mike O'Keefe
Dec 05, 2018
I worked at Browns Auto Supply in Beverly when I was 16. George Sr. was a wonderful guy as well as his boys George and Richie. They were great people. George Jr and I are the same age. I mourn his death. I will always remember how well I was treated by the whole family. RIP George.