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Robert H. Brown Sr, 75


February 25, 2005


Robert Holborn Brown Sr. (“Chef Robert” to many), 75, of 650 Ridge Drive, Danville passed away in the company of his family the evening of February 23, 2005 after a heroic battle with illness.   

Born January 18, 1930 in Louisville, KY he was the son of the late Samuel and Mabel Stoll Brown.  Mr. Brown attended Louisville Male High School.  He graduated with a BA, cum laude, from the University of Louisville in 1952.  At the University of Louisville he received a Carnegie Fellowship to study abroad in Europe for a year.  While on this fellowship he enrolled in the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris, France initiating a lifetime in the food service business.  In 1974 he received his MA from Penn State University and continued to work towards a doctorate until his death. 

“Chef Robert” moved to Danville in 1955 and was a business owner, educator, writer, community leader and advocate for the disabled.  Mr. Brown owned and operated Brown Catering Service in Danville for 40 years.  He also was a teacher and adult education instructor at the Columbia Montour Vo-Tech School from its opening until 1980.  Among his many accomplishments he; held the position of Justice of the Peace for Cooper Township, pioneered the Columbia Montour Meals on Wheels program with the Berwick Red Cross in 1974, was a past president of the Danville Rotary Club and member for nearly 20 years as well as past District Governor of District 7370, co-chair person of Danville’s Bicentennial in 1992, receiving the “Citizen of the Year” for 1992 from the Danville Elks Club.  He was a member of Christ Memorial Episcopal Church Danville for 40 years.

Having traveled around the world three times he delighted many with stories of his adventures.  In retirement Mr. Brown, resumed his writing career, writing for numerous, national publications on the disabled and diabetic.  Additionally as an advocate for the disabled he became a motivational speaker and volunteer for Camp Victory.  He enjoyed travel, antiques, conversation and a challenge. 

Preceding him in death was his wife, Edith Buckley Brown, who died in 1986.  He is survived by his daughter Elizabeth Ann Brown and granddaughter Alexandria Allen of Danville, a son Robert H. Brown Jr. and wife Barbara Riegel Brown of Danville, brothers  Franklin Brown of Marco Island, Florida and Ashley Brown of Columbia, South Carolina.

A Requiem Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, March 2 at 1:00 PM. from Christ Memorial Episcopal Church, 120 East Market St., Danville, PA with the Rev. Frank A. Edmands officiating.  Entombment will be private in the Community Mausoleum at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Danville, Pa.  Friends will be received from 11am to time of service in the Community Room of the church.  Memorial contributions in Mr. Brown’s honor maybe made to the Danville Rotary Club, c/o Kevin Gilroy, Sovereign Bank, 101 Mill St., Danville, PA 17821.  Arrangements under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc., 10 West Mahoning St., Danville, PA 17821.  


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