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In Memory of

Leonard Brown

January 19, 1918 - Unknown

Obituary


Leonard Brown, 97, passed from this earth on March 15, 2015. A kind and gentle man, Leonard lived life to the fullest. He loved reading and writing, music and dancing, good conversation and good food, especially dessert. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he grew up in Richmond, Virginia, but left at 18 to hitchhike to sunny Miami Beach, Florida. He then moved to Wilson, NC to work with his father, Meyer, in his scrap metal business. WWII began soon thereafter, and he served as a communications specialist and Master Sergeant in the Army Air Corps/Air Force...

Leonard Brown, 97, passed from this earth on March 15, 2015. A kind and gentle man, Leonard lived life to the fullest. He loved reading and writing, music and dancing, good conversation and good food, especially dessert. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he grew up in Richmond, Virginia, but left at 18 to hitchhike to sunny Miami Beach, Florida. He then moved to Wilson, NC to work with his father, Meyer, in his scrap metal business. WWII began soon thereafter, and he served as a communications specialist and Master Sergeant in the Army Air Corps/Air Force stationed at Fowlmere Airfield in England. From a young age, he loved to write, so he volunteered to work for the “The Airman”, the base newspaper, and began what would become his career. He was lucky enough after the war to be stationed back in Florida at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Here he met his first wife, Hortense Boyd (deceased 1972), graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Tampa, and became a reporter at the Tampa Daily Times, then Tampa's afternoon newspaper. In 1947, his son David George Boyd Brown (deceased 2014) was born, followed in 1950 by his son Carl Robert Leonard Brown, who now lives in Lutz with his wife Jan. Leonard left the Times briefly in 1956 to teach English and journalism at Hillsborough High, but soon returned to the Times and rose to the position of City Editor. His endless professionalism and ability to mentor others made him well-liked and admired by many who worked under him. After the Times, he spent two years as Assistant to the President of Hillsborough Community College before finally retiring to pursue freelance writing. He married Jacqueline Benjamin (deceased 2008) and enjoyed traveling, dancing, and devoting more time to writing and reading, another favorite pastime. His interests were varied, and he'd often be in the middle of two or three books at once. He was also fascinated with technology in all forms and used his computer for everything. In 2009, he moved to University Village (UV), where he called the residents his new 'family.' Always active, he looked forward to his daily walks around the building, sitting by the lake, dancing at the Bistros and flirting with all the ladies. Leonard lived independently in his 'man cave' at UV until last October. Even with his recent limited independence, Leonard always had a smile on his face and a cheerful 'hello' for everyone. He loved a good walk, a good meal - with dessert - and a good conversation. There will be a celebration of his life on Thursday, March 26 from 2 to 4pm at University Village, 12401 N. 22nd Street, Tampa. Leonard was a gentleman in every sense of the word and just a really good guy. He'll be missed by many.