World War II veteran and flight instructor Kenneth A. Brown of Pawtucket dies at 96


Tuesday 07 December 2021

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Kenneth A. Brown, 96, of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2021.

Beloved husband of the late Janina “Jen” (Borek) Brown for almost 63 years. He was the eldest son of the late Alexander Jr and Lillian (Bailey) Brown and resided in Pawtucket his entire life.

Ken was a WWII US Navy veteran of the 1943 amphibious invasion of the European Theater of Sicily (aboard LST 381), of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944 (aboard the LST 25), as well as Pacific theater amphibious operations in Burma and the Bay of Bengal. in late 1944 and in Okinawa (aboard LST 1087) in 1945. He was also a veteran of the United States Army (during the Korean War).

Ken has been a certified flight instructor for over 50 years and a founding member of the RI Hanger of Quiet Birdmen, RI Pilots Assn. Airman of the year 1979, Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, 2005, inducted into the RI Aviation Hall of Fame 2009.

He was a member of the Scottish Rite of the 32nd degree for 60 years of former Barney Merry Masonic Lodge # 29 in Pawtucket and present-day St John’s Masonic Lodge # 1 in Providence. Ken served as the FAA Air Traffic Controller, Aircraft Accident Investigator, and NE Regional Aircraft Safety Coordinator during his 30-year career, retiring in 1987.

Ken leaves behind two sons, Kenneth M. Brown of Exeter and Robert D. Brown of Pawtucket, 3 granddaughters Melanie J. Brucato (and her husband Jonathan) of Bradenton, FL, Erin L. Ferrazza of Warwick, RI, and Alicia Mr. Ramponi (and her husband Michael) of Hanover, MA along with six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Brother of the late John G. Brown and the late Donald W. Brown.

Parents and friends are invited to attend tours starting Monday at 11 a.m. followed by services at noon to William W. Tripp Funeral Home, 1008 Newport Ave., Pawtucket

Interment with military honors at the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery in Exeter will be private.


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