Obituary of Frederick C. Brown, Jr.
***Zoom Services have been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 11am.***
Frederick Carlos Brown Jr. 87; Passed peacefully at Rittenhouse Village at Lehigh Valley, Allentown PA. on January 26, 2021.
Born in Middletown NY in 1933, he was a graduate of Middletown High School. At 17 Fred joined the United States Marine Corps and graduated as one of the first Black Marines in the first integrated Boot Camp Company through Parris Island Recruit Depot. He represented the USMC as a boxer, until his 18th birthday when he went to a combat assignment in Korea in 1952. Upon his return, he attended and graduated New Paltz College. Graduating as a Mathematics Major, he became one of the world’s first Software Engineers.
His passion however was coaching. He volunteered to coach football for Minisink Valley High School, Slate Hill NY and Union College, Schenectady, NY. He was a member of the 1969 NY State Championship Minisink Valley Warriors coaching staff and was a member of the Union College coaching staff that went to the Alonzo Stag Bowl in 1983.
He was an avid skier and was a senior ski racer until the age of 74.
His survivors include his wife Beatrice of 62 years; three sons, Frederick of Midlothian, VA, Michael of Yardley PA, and Joseph of Nashua NH. He leaves three wonderful daughters-in-law: Kati, Elizabeth and Rebecca respectively, eleven grandchildren (Pamela, Elizabeth, Lydia, Matthew and Aletta), six step grandchildren, four great grandchildren and three step great grandchildren. He leaves several nieces and nephews whom he too so dearly loved.
Services will be held via Zoom at 1:00 pm on February 1, 2021 (Personal Meeting ID: 255 726 3147, Passcode: wji4K3). He will be buried at the Washington Crossings National Cemetery, in Washington’s Crossing PA. Conducted by FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home in Yardley PA.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations in his name to a Veterans’ charity of your choice.