Edward Austin Brown III, formerly of Berwyn, Pa., Fox Chapel, Pa., and Southwest Harbor, died peacefully on April 15, exactly one month shy of his 95th birthday.
Raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Gary, Ind., he graduated from Purdue University in 1950 after serving with the 293 JASCO in New Guinea and the Philippines in WWII.
After 31 years with U.S. Steel, he retired as a senior buyer of mechanical equipment. He then became associated with Gulliver’s Travels. He loved traveling with his beloved wife, Judy, his siblings and many friends. He organized many golfing trips to Ireland and Scotland and other European countries.
In Pittsburgh, Ed was an active member of Shadyside Presbyterian Church (deacon and elder) and the Fox Chapel Golf Club. He also derived great satisfaction from volunteer work, and he served on many local nonprofit boards.
Since 1951, Brownie (as he was known to his close friends and family) spent his summers in Southwest Harbor. He loved to play golf at the Causeway Club (where he was a past president), walk the carriage trails of Acadia National Park and explore the shoreline of Somes Sound in “Boomer.” But hands down, his favorite activity was enjoying the view from his deck at The Sounds during happy hour with his extended family and friends.
Ed was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Josephine “Judy” Hastings Brown (2012). He is survived by their four children and spouses: Edward A. Brown IV (Susan Spector) of Medford, Mass., Jody Schantzenbach (Scott) of Oxford, N.J., Leslie Leathersich (Lew) of Beverly, Mass., and Jennifer Worcester (Scott) of Southwest Harbor, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his close friend Jeanne Conner, and many nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly.
A celebration of life service will be held at the family plot at Forest Hill Cemetery in Northeast Harbor at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Southwest Harbor Public Library.