April 25, 1937 — May 12, 2019
CORINTH – On Sunday, May 12, 2019, a tall oak in the forest of our lives fell to life’s unrelenting winds of change. However, we are grateful to have lived under his protective shadow for more than 82 years.
Charles Arthur Brown was born on April 25, 1937 to James and Emma Brown of Corinth. Charles resided in Corinth all his life except for his years at DeVry Technical School in Chicago, Ilinois. He was a 37-year employee of International Paper Company in Corinth, where he retired in 1996.
Affectionately known as “Charlie” or “Chuck” to his friends, Charles married Bettyann Faller on Aug. 15, 1959 in Corinth. Born to their family was Beth Louise, Dean Charles, Lisa Anne, Lynn Michelle, Dennis James and Duane Eric Brown.
Charles loved Corinth and served his community for many years as a town councilman and as deputy supervisor with his friend, Supervisor Richard Lucia. His service roles include being a 55-year member of the Masonic Organization where he held a variety of leadership posts, a Life Member of the Corinth Emergency Squad where he served as captain, chaired the Emergency Management Team with his friend, Sue Winslow, and served in a variety of ministries at Pine Knolls Alliance Church in Gansevoort. After his son, Dean, returned to New York State to Pastor, Charles became a faithful and regular attendee of Vantage Pointe Church in Queensbury, where his warm smile, Christian faith and gentle personality marked his time with them.
Charles loved and was loved by so many in Corinth, where his stride in the daily corridors of life will be noticeably absent and fondly remembered. Charles never lost his passion for the people and institutions of his home town. He served tirelessly to make Corinth the best place to live in New York State. He was always surprised by the support, affection and appreciation he received from so many in the town and village.
He is predeceased by his parents; his daughter, Beth Louise; and his brother, Robert.
Surviving Charles is his five children, Dean (Rosalie), Lisa, Lynn (George), Dennis and Duane (Patty). He was so proud of his grandchildren, Will (Kim), Sarah (Ryan), Noami, Greg (Kristen), Geoff, Alexandra, Cassandra (Adam), Jesseca, Eric, Kathryn and Elizabeth; as well as his great-grandchildren, Michael and Evelyn Wiedmaier, Aaron and Eli Howell, William Thomas, Alex and Leo Haskell, William Michael Rafalik, Sophia and Theodore Daggett and Lucy and Jared Parker; and several nieces and nephews. While his daily calls to the family will now cease, his well-developed voice of influence will live on in us, shaping and guiding us all our earthly days until we join him in heaven someday.
Funeral services will be held at the Densmore Funeral Home, Inc., 7 Sherman Ave., Corinth, beginning with the wake from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday evening, May 17. The funeral service will be held at Densmore’s at 11 a.m. Saturday morning, May 18. The family will hold a Service of Committal at the Corinth Rural Cemetery, followed by a reception to honor Dad’s life at the Corinth Fire Department, 16 Saratoga Ave., Corinth.
Members of the Corinth Volunteer Fire Department will pay their respects at 4:45 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the funeral home.
Members of the Unity Lodge #987 Free and Accepted Masons will conduct a masonic service at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the funeral home.
How does a family say “Thank you!” to so many who have meant so much to Dad and us over the years? Know that each of you is special and we are grateful that you loved our father as much as we did. Special thanks to the staff and volunteers at High Peaks Hospice and Haynes House of Hope for their loving, tender and expert care of Dad in his final weeks of life.
Donations may be made in his honor to the Corinth Fire Department, 16 Saratoga Ave., Corinth, NY 12822; or Haynes House of Hope in Granville, 7187 NY-149, Granville, NY 12832.