STORRS, Conn. -
Richard Allen "Brownie" Brown, the long-time ice rink manager at the University of Connecticut when it was an outdoor facility, passed away at his home in Storrs last Thursday. Brownie was a beloved figure on the UConn campus and a key part of the UConn ice hockey family during the early days of the program when home games were played at the UConn Ice Rink, an outdoor facility with an ark-shaped roof.
Brown graduated from Windham High School in 1945 and served in the Army for two years as a finance clerk stationed in Germany before being honorably discharged in 1947. He graduated from the UConn College of Agriculture in 1951 and worked during the summers at the agronomy farm.
He then began working part-time at the open-air ice rink at UConn, which led into his full time position as ice rink manager. Brown's passion for sports was demonstrated through active participation in hockey, baseball, basketball, soccer and golf.
Brown was a member of the VFW, and was active in the Willimantic Country Club for many years.
Brown was pre- deceased by his parents, Benjamin and Marion Brown, stepmother Marion, his brother, Robert Brown of Bozeman, Montana, wife Delores Brown, and loving fiancée of 27 years, Nancy Goodrich of Chaplin, Conn. He was a life-long resident of Storrs, born on May 27, 1927. He is survived by his nephews Theodore Brown, Peter Brown and Benjamin Brown; loving children of Nancy; David Goodrich, Janice Taylor, Pamela Goodrich, and Sandy Goodrich; their children and spouses; Kimberly Passarello (Thomas), Seth Taylor (Lee), Nicole Laboy, Nate Goodrich (Heather), Steph Walker (Rick), and Zack Keenan; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held at Potter Funeral Home 456 Jackson Street, Willimantic, Conn., on Wednesday October 19, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Chaplin Congregational Church, Chaplin Street, Chaplin, Conn.
Burial following service at the Storrs Cemetery in Storrs, Conn. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chaplin Congregational Church 43 Chaplin Street, Chaplin, Conn., 06235.