Marvin G. BrownNovember 19, 2017
Chicopee: Marvin Glenn Brown, 67. On Sunday November 19th, Marvin passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Marvin was born on March 12, 1950 in Boston, MA. He graduated from English High School in Boston, MA, and was also a graduate of UMASS Amherst with a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice. He worked as a Behavioral Health Clinical Case Worker where he diligently helped others for over 26 years. Marvin was an incredibly kind, caring and compassionate person. He devoted his entire life to helping others. He spent his youth as a member of Eliot Congregational Church, Roxbury, MA where he participated in the youth group. He was a former member of Goodwin AME Zion Church where he actively volunteered as a Youth Group Leader. He was a great family man that was always there to support his children, grandchildren and numerous God-children. He loved children, never grew up, and was a big kid himself, which many who encounter him could see. He also spent many years tirelessly volunteering with the Special Olympics, he acted as a coach and played on the unified softball teams. Giving of his time, to benefit others, was what he did best. He was a sports fan, and loved the Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox. He was also a member of the Sumner Lodge #5, Prince Hall Masons. In his free time, he enjoyed bowling, riding his bike, laughing, joking, spending time with family and friends, gardening, camping, cooking, keeping things spotless, “throwing it in the bag”, meeting new people, “bragging” on his children and grandchildren, collecting elephants, sunrises, photography, traveling and movies. He will be missed and will forever be loved. Marvin was predeceased by his mother Adella (Dupree) Brown in 2000. He leaves behind his father, Walter M. Brown, whom he cherished and took care of up until his passing. Marvin leaves behind his wife Kathleen Hurst-Brown, his daughters LaVerne (Brown) Kelly of Amherst, Yolanda Brown of Charlotte North Carolina, Heather Hayes and son in law Jason Hayes of East Longmeadow and Meghan Fiorentino of West Springfield. He was a cherished grandfather (“Pa” and “Granddaddy”) to Nicholas, Trenelle, Jack and Gianna. He also leaves behind his brothers, Stanley Brown and wife Comanceda of Boston, MA and Bilal Abdulhaqq and Michelle Gibson of Richmond Virginia. He also leaves behind many other family members and friends. Calling hours will be Friday from 5-8 PM at the TOOMEY-O’BRIEN FUNERAL HOME, 1043 Westfield Street, West Springfield. There will be a Celebration of Life Service at 11 AM on Saturday at the funeral home followed by a burial at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Chicopee. The family would like to thank the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Womans Hospital and Beacon Hospice for their extraordinary care and kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.