PLATTSBURGH — The sun set over our family when Lloyd Stafford Browne Sr., 82, of Champlain Park, died peacefully on Friday, April 19, after a brief illness.
He was born on July 9, 1930, in Washington DC, the son of Wilson and Annie (Smith) Brown. Lloyd was the love of Betty Veney's life. They were married on Aug. 11, 1951 in Washington DC.
Lloyd served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 to 1968, as a chef and then as an accounting and finance officer, positions that took him to Japan, Korea, Hawaii, Goose Bay Labrador, and several New England states. After retiring, he worked in several car dealerships in the North Country, as well as owning and operating several restaurants, one of which was D.C. Reds Barbecue. He spent the last seven years devoted to caring for his wife who lives gracefully with Alzheimer's.
Lloyd Browne was one of the founders of Pioneer Lodge No. 102, Prince Hall F & AM in 1966 in Plattsburgh, and was elected and served as Worshipful Master from 1966-1967 and 1997-2002. He also was a member of Al Tabari Temple #121 in Albany and served as the Illustrious Potentate 2004 and 2005. He is currently Past Master of Mt. Zion Lodge No. 46 in Albany, N.Y. He was a 32 Degree Mason and member of the Consistory.
Lloyd was passionately devoted to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He and Betty attended every child's high school graduation. He was a proud grandfather who fostered strong bonds with each child... a true family patriarch. He defined the Browne family name by instilling a strong work ethic, sense of fairness, integrity and inquisitiveness in his children. It was common for his children to weigh conventional wisdom against the brilliant perspective of Dad. Even his friend Dean could not help but engage Dad in twice daily spirited telephone conversations, which carried him through his illness.
Lloyd Stafford was interested in and cared deeply about his Masonic involvement, cooking, traveling to see family and friends, lively and intelligent discourse, and justice. He was an avid golfer and played 45 years on the former PAFB and Barracks course and refused to play from the senior tees. Playing Pebble Beach was a big highlight for him.
Lloyd accumulated a rich array of friends throughout his life. His interest and concern for his fellow man endeared many to him. His qualities of engagement were without match.
Predeceasing him were his parents; sister; and seven brothers.
In addition to Betty, his wife of 62 years, he is survived by seven children, their spouses and children, Lloyd Jr. of Las Vegas; Mark (Shirley) of Jacksonville, Fla.; Marjorie Miller (David) of Tucson, Ariz.; Karen of Plattsburgh; Neal (Rochelle) of Tucson; Carlton of Plattsburgh; and Roger (Nancy) of Plattsburgh. Lloyd is survived by grandchildren Hayes(Kimberly) and Aaron, Charles, Natalie, and James, Allison and Nicole, Aisha (Omar) and Akil, and Maya and Izaiah. Also left are great grandchildren Kayla, Khalil, and Elias, Adryana, Brady and Cohen, Cameron, Conner, and Koby and River Lily. He is also survived by his loving daughters-in-law, Kathy Browne Schaefer and Sylvia Rodriquez; along with several nieces and nephews.
Our family is grateful and indebted to the nurses and staff on R5 at CVPH (especially Krista) for their tender and respectful care of our Father.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, at the R.W.Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Wednesday at North Country Alliance Church.
Memorial Donations may be made to the North Country Cancer Fund.
"Love is the quality that crosses that boundary between life and death."
Arrangements are being handled by the R.W.Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court Street, Plattsburgh, NY (518) 563-1760.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.r wwalkerfh.com