One of the most dedicated members of The Hundred Club, Richard H. “Dick”
Brown, died suddenly Oct. 12 at New Britain General Hospital. Mr. Brown was president of The Hundred Club in 1994 and remained active following his presidency as a director. During the past decade he served on several committees and at the time of his death was chairman of the Special Assistance Committee. Mr. Brown’s wise counsel was often sought by the men who have held the club’s top office in recent years.
Born in Bristol June 20, 1932, the son of Harry and Florence (Uffendale)
Brown, he was educated in local schools. During the Korean Conflict he served with the 7th Infantry unit, 13th Engineers Battalion in Korea. As a civilian he heeded the advice of his wife, Gloria, and undertook a career in law enforcement.
Mr. Brown joined the State Police Dept. in 1957 and served in that agency until 1968 when he accepted an appointment as an investigator of major felonies in the State’s Attorney’s office for Hartford County. Ten years later he was named chief inspector for major crime investigations and supervisor of inspectors for the office of the Chief State’s Attorney.
In these positions Mr. Brown was highly instrumental in the resolution of numerous highly publicized cases including the massacre in 1974 at the Donna Lee Bakery in New Britain. Five people were murdered. Despite a scarcity of evidence, Mr. Brown, working with other professional investigators, tracked down the two shooters who were subsequently convicted.
The murder of Plainville Officer Robert Holcomb in 1977 was another case in which Mr. Brown’s talents helped bring about the arrest and conviction of the guilty party.
Following his retirement from state service, Mr. Brown served as Director of Corporate Security for Tilcon, Inc.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. Michael J. Dolan in Our Lady of Mercy Church, Plainville. In his eulogy, Father Dolan described Mr. Brown as a man who was “the salt of the earth.” He observed that Mr. Brown died a few days short of his 53rd wedding anniversary and that the Brown family had lived in Plainville for 43 years.
Father Dolan said, “Mr. Brown was a man of convictions — a man who lived a difficult life well.”
In addition to his wife, the former Gloria Anastasion, Mr. Brown leaves a son, Richard H. Brown, Jr. and his wife Akika of New Britain; two daughters and sons-inlaw Laura and Jeffrey Schaefer of Plainville; and Patricia and Ralph Giansanti of Avon; five grandchildren, two brothers and sisters-in-law Donald and Margaret Brown of Harwinton; and David and Ruth Brown of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
Burial with full military honors was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Plainville. A State Police Honor Guard was present at the wake and the funeral services.