Dean Moore Brown
Dean Moore Brown, 88, unconditionally loving father, grandfather and husband, known to his family as “Poppy,” passed away at his home on Old Mill Road, on March 19, 2022, embraced by the love and care of his wife of 64 years, Beverly, and of his daughters, Carolyn and Allison Brown, all of Block Island,
Dean shall be remembered for his gracious, fair-minded manner, grateful, appreciative spirit, and his generosity to all. He was known for quietly and
thoughtfully performing small, kind acts for people, and for recognizing their efforts.
Dean Brown grew up in South Orange, N.J. Upon graduation, at 19, he volunteered to serve in the Korean War, and was a rifleman with the 24th and 7th infantry divisions in Korea. When he was back stateside, Brown, always civic-minded, was President of the South Orange Rescue Squad, and the co-chair of Citizens for Kennedy during JFK’s run for the presidency in 1960.
In his early career as a successful businessman, he worked for Colgate-Palmolive, where he met his future bride, Beverly Anne Spurrier. They married at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, and eventually settled on the North Shore of Long Island in New York. He then moved on to Helena Rubenstein, later to Estee Lauder and then he ventured off to begin his own resourcing company. His success enabled his family to enjoy Block Island every summer for years, while he himself commuted from New York.
When Dean retired to the island at 72 to live at their family home built on land acquired in the early 1960s, he continued his pattern of civic engagement. Brown helped to establish Committee 2000 to raise additional funds for that cause and was an enthusiastic member of “Adrian’s Army,” helping to maintain the island conservancies’ Greenway Trails. His main off-island charitable interests included the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Make-A-Wish, the March of Dimes, and the Sunshine School for children with special needs in the Grenadines.
In addition to his wife and daughters, Brown leaves behind his sister Susan Modliszewski of N.J, daughters-in-law Zuzana Turkova of Block Island and Kathleen Brown of Oyster Bay, N.Y., who survives his son, Jeffery Brown, his four grandchildren: Simon Gasner, Jameson and Mikhaela Brown-Padien of Block Island, and Meghan Brown of Oyster Bay, N.Y. and his faithful dog Sasha.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Block Island Volunteer Rescue Squad, or to: The Sunshine School, P.O. Box BQ, Bequia, St. Vincent, West Indies.