WARREN - John R. Brown Sr., 77, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Hospice House in Poland.
John was born Sept. 11, 1935, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, as a United States citizen, and the son of the late Charles and Emma Burquist Brown.
John retired from Thomas Steel Strip Corp. as a general foreman in 1986. After his retirement, he incorporated American Shaped Wire in Youngstown and served as president. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and attending Mahoning Valley Scrappers games. He was a member of the Early Jazz Society and the Thomas Steel Strip Retirees.
Memories will be carried on by his sons, John (Carla) Brown Jr. of Warren and Jeff (Mary) Brown of Niles; brother, Charles Brown Jr. of Morehead City, N.C.; and grandchildren, George, John, Justin and Caitlyn. John is also survived by his special friend, Shirley Capparell of Warren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carole (Rochford) Brown, whom he married Oct. 22, 1956, and passed away March 13, 2007. He is also preceded in death by his sons, Bryan and Benjamin; and daughters, Cindy and Angel.
Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the McFarland & Son Funeral Home, Warren, and again one hour prior to the 1 p.m. funeral service Thursday at the funeral home. The Rev. Steven Brown will officiate.
Services of final committal and interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
His family requests contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.
Arrangements are entrusted to McFarland and Son Funeral and Cremation Services Co., 271 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481, 330-393-9621. Visit www.McFarlandCares.com to view this obituary, send condolences and order flowers.