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John Bertram Brown, age 80 of Madison Heights, and formerly of San Antonio, Florida, died Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township, Michigan. He was born May 11, 1938 in Detroit, son of the late Harry Allen and the late Mercy "Verona" (nee: Woods) Brown.

With thanks and praise from a grateful nation, we pay homage to John for his service to our country as an Airman in the U.S. Air Force. With bravery as his breastplate and patriotism as his sword, he wore the uniform proudly and remained willing to stand in harm's way for the sake of freedom. We honor John's commitment and honorable service with deep appreciation.

Following his military service, John set his sights on furthering his education, obtaining a competitive degree, and set sail towards the goal of a Master's Degree. Along that path, John's skills set, knowledge and talents would ultimately land him a position with Allied Signal (formerly the Bendix Corporation) where he extended the utmost in job excellence and dedicated service to the automotive manufacturing giant. Following his long & distinguished career, John's final promotion was to that as Executive Administrator, the position from which he finally accepted his well-deserved retirement.

Like all of us, John had his favorite pastimes and things he enjoyed doing when work wasn't calling. Perhaps at the top of the list would have to be the game of golf. Even as a young boy, the interest was there and you would have often found him on the course toting golf bags as a caddy. With all the knowledge and tips he amassed along the way, you can only imagine how seriously he took the game,…yet how much enjoyment followed close behind. Always in search of that infamous "Hole-in-One," there were good days and bad days,…but like the saying goes; "the worst day golfing is still better than the best day working!"

Gathering together with family and friends was the start of a great times and special memories for John, and it was always made sweeter each time a deck of cards or the game of Sequence made its way onto the playing table. It may have included a bit of friendly competition, but there was always a tiny bit of intimidation as everyone knew that John was a math wiz & numbers guy. He was like a walking computer, but the perfect guy to have around for so many different applications. John was also a devout coin collector,…and renowned for his love of singing. It surely wasn't rare to hear him crooning a tune and regaling himself, and others within ear shot, with a song-of-the-day. It was simply part of that "happy heart" he was known to possess. If you were having a rough day, just go find John and your mood was soon to change by the lilt in the air.

Not only was his singing a testament to a happy heart, it was certainly bolstered by the fact that he was an animal lover as well,…especially towards his furry friend, Charlie Brown, a cuddly Bichon Frise. Together, they kept each other young at heart and emotionally strong. Pets have a way of bringing warmth to our world, and Charlie Brown provided that to John in spades.

John was truly the embodiment of charismatic and gregarious. Always the jokester and lady's man, he had a way of lifting spirits and bringing joy into a room with a lasting impression. Unofficially the family historian and answer man, John possessed an amazing sense of retention,…he remembered everything!

A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, John was always the "life of the party" and leaves behind a storehouse of wonderful memories of him playing that role. He lived, laughed and loved like no other,…he was a man of integrity and a Great Dad! John touched a multitude of hearts and souls in his journey this side of Heaven, may he now rest peacefully on the other side. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

John was the beloved husband of Judith Lee Brown (nee: Bockelman). Dear father of Timothy Brown, Kathleen (Shannon) Earles, Paula (David) Cavataio, and Alana (Douglas) Booher. Loving grandfather of Trent, Brittney, Ryan, Brett, Alana, Tyler, Jordan, Troy, Ally, Ciera, Ethan, and great-grandfather of Joey, Dante, Eretria, Dylan, and Lennon. Brother of Dennis (Beth) Brown, Thomas (Elizabeth) Brown, the late Harry A. Brown, Jr.,, the late Cherle Conn, and the late Patricia Carey.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home in Warren, Michigan.

Memorial donations are welcomed to the Alzheimer's Association, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield, Michigan 48033. (

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