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Robert Shryock Brown

January 19, 1944 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Robert Brown Obituary

Robert Shryock Brown, 79, of Cape Vincent, NY went to his Heavenly home on Tuesday, January 9th after 8 days at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, NY.

Robert was born in Baltimore, MD on January 19th, 1944, to Herbert and Elizabeth (McDaniels) Brown. Robert was raised in Schenectady (Niskayuna), NY attending school in the Niskayuna Central District and graduating in 1962.He earned a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Lafayette University, Easton, PA, in 1966.

Robert married his sweetheart, Virginia (Clapper) Brown, on July 2nd, 1966, in the Memorial Park Baptist Church of Vestal, NY. They were blessed with 57 years of marriage. After starting their life and family in West Caldwell, NJ, they moved to Leesport, PA where they raised their children and fulfilled their careers. They retired to Cape Vincent, NY in 2008.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Virginia, their daughter Tamara E. Peffer (husband John) who live in Mt. Penn, PA, and son Franklin C. Brown (wife Katie) who live in Branford, CT. He has three wonderful granddaughters, Emily Peffer (Cleveland, Ohio), Ellie Brown, and Abigail Brown, both of Branford, CT. Other survivors include his sister, Kathleen (Brown) Mathews, and several nieces and nephews. Robert was predeceased by his sister, Nancy (Brown) Stiles and his parents.

In his youth, Robert was active in the Boy Scouts of America, from Cub Scout, through Webelos, and eventually Life Scout. As an adult, Robert continued his life as a Scout founding a Cub Pack Scout Troop in West Caldwell, New Jersey, and served as Merit Badge Counselor, in both West Caldwell, NJ, and Cape Vincent, NY.

Robert worked as a metallurgical engineer for Carpenter Technology Corporation (Carpenter Steel) for 37 years in Union, NJ, and Reading, PA. He achieved many professional accomplishments in his work. Robert was a 50-year member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers; a lifetime and committee chair member of the American Welding Society; a committee chair member of the American Society for Testing and Materials; and held three United States Patents for metallurgical alloys.

Robert loved public service. He served on the zoning hearing board of Bern Township, PA, and the planning and zoning boards for The Town of Cape Vincent.

He was an active member, trustee, and administrative committee member for The United Church of Cape Vincent, NY.

Over the years Robert found ways to apply his creative engineering mind, metallurgical knowledge, and woodworking skills in daily life --serving as a volunteer firefighter and engineer with the West Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department, assisting with projects of all sizes at his church and with friends along “Ponds Shore”, serving as a docent and apprentice restorer with the Antique Boat Museum (Clayton, NY), and volunteering through a variety of organizations in Cape Vincent such as the Tibbitts Point Light House Historical Society and the local Lions Club Chapter.

A public visitation will be held on Friday, January 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a Memorial Service at noon at The United Church of Cape Vincent. The burial date will be announced in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, please consider placing a donation to The United Church of Cape Vincent.

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January 19, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
United Church of Cape Vincent
Broadway st.
Cape Vincent, NY 13618

Memorial Service
January 19, 2024

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
United Church of Cape Vincent
Broadway st.
Cape Vincent, NY 13618


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