Gary's Story

WINTHROP - Gary C. Brown, 70, died peacefully at his home in Winthrop on March 16, 2015.

He was born in Houlton, Maine on October 2, 1944, the son of the late Calvin K. and Gladys V. (Burton) Brown.

Gary was a graduate of Ricker Classical Institute. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served three years directly after high school, receiving an honorable discharge in 1965. Gary married his high school sweetheart, Cynthia R. Burtt, and in the month of May they would have celebrated 49 years.

Gary washed cars at Houlton Motors when he returned from the Army, then worked in their Parts Department, worked a few years for the State Highway Department out of the Littleton garage, but his career ended up in sales. Gary's career as a salesman spanned over 40 years for seven different chemical and fertilizer companies. He was with Nutrite Corporation of Presque Isle for 17 years, receiving a promotion to Manager of the plant in Leeds Junction, which relocated him and his family to Winthrop in 1988.

His warm and friendly personality not only was evident in the business world but felt by all who knew him. He was active in the Lake Road Bible Church of Monticello as a leader for many years, serving as deacon, trustee, Sunday School Superintendent and Worship Leader. In the Winthrop area he served at the Faith Alliance Church as Song Leader and, for a time, as Sunday School Superintendent.

Gary enjoyed playing golf with friends and as a young man played basketball, baseball, and did a great deal of fishing.

Gary was predeceased by his father and mother and his brother, Jack.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia, his son Garret and wife, Michele, of Houlton and their daughter, Taylor, his daughter Raquel and husband, Neil Lavigne, of Fayette and their daughter, Natasha. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Katherine Brown, of Houlton and her two sons, Eric and Jordan.

A celebration of Gary's life will be held at the Lake Road Free Will Baptist Church in Monticello on April 11, 2015, with Pastor Bob Emrich officiating. Folks can visit the family from 10 - 11am with the service beginning at 11:00am.

An interment service with full military honors will be held at the new Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta on May 8, 2015 at 2:00pm, with Pastor Frank Byron officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be given in Gary's memory to the Building Fund at: Fayette Baptist Church, 39 Baldwin Hill Road, Fayette, ME 04349.

Arrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, ME 04364, where memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of our website at
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