DEDHAM - Christopher Buchanan Brown, 55, died peacefully in his home in Dedham on December 27, 2015. A Marine, he served on multiple floats, including two amphibious assaults with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines into Lebanon in July and September of 1982. He earned the Navy Achievement Medal for his performance during the second landing for remaining calm under fire as he, as his battalion commander's driver and radio operator, maintained command and control.
Chris was born on January 18, 1960 in Harrisburg, PA to John and Constance Brown. He lived in many places as a child, but fortuitously settled in Hancock in 1971, which allowed him to attend Ellsworth High School and meet his beautiful soulmate, Gail Whitmore. He professed his interest in her by slamming her locker door closed when he walked by before she had gotten a chance to retrieve all of her books. Eventually, he decided to communicate in more mature ways and they began a whirlwind romance that survived Marine Corps Basic Training in 1979 and multiple deployments throughout 1980-82. The two high school sweethearts were married on November 21, 1980 and had Conrad Christopher and Meaghan Marie in 1983 and 1987.
Chris didn't believe in shortcuts; he began working for the office supply company Loring, Short & Harmon in Ellsworth as a stock boy before earning promotions to salesman, assistant manager, and then manager. His store was recognized multiple times for excellence across many different categories over all other locations throughout the region. When the company was sold in 1997, he formed his own company, Downeast Office Products, where he focused on customer service and community development with success for over ten years.
Chris was fiercely proud of his children and insisted that he would be successful as a parent if his children had a better start than he did. He took great pride in rendering Conrad's first salute as an officer graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point and being one of Meaghan's patients after she passed her boards and officially became Dr. Brown. His greatest joy in the past few years has been playing "Papa" to his two beloved grandchildren, Wesley and Cora. Holding them, talking to them, and watching them play gave him much of the motivation he needed to endure his treatments over the past year and a half.
He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Gail; his son, Conrad and his wife Nicole; his daughter, Meaghan; his grandchildren, Wesley and Cora; his mother, Constance; and his sisters, Becky, Cherry, Brooks, Tehara, and Patricia. He is preceded in death by his sister, Melissa.
A gathering to celebrate his life will take place at Lucerne Inn on January 5 from 1-4 pm. Please feel free to bring a short memory or story to share. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Boy Scouts of America (Katahdin Area Council) in Chris's name at http://www.scouting.org/giving-tuesday/index.htm.