Vernon, CT -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/10/2014 -- John "Jack" Brow, 82, of Vernon, Connecticut, a loving husband of 61 years to Betty Brow, passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2013 at home.
Born in Rockville, Ct., Jack was the son of the late John and Irene (Morin) Brow, he was a lifelong resident of Vernon, and a diehard Red Sox fan.
Prior to his retirement in 1984, Jack was vice president of New Britain Plumbing Supply for many years. He was a decorated, U. S. Air Force veteran who served as a staff sergeant during the Korean War. Jack was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. He was promoted and served as an instructor teaching Morse Code. He spent four years in the U.S. military.
"More than anything, Jack enjoyed spending hours with his family, especially his five grandchildren," said Betty Brow. "Jack would make sure to attend each and every football, soccer and basketball game that his grandchildren took part in. And when the kids were not throwing or catching a ball, Jack would teach them how to play cards. He loved children and coached Little League for many years."
Jack met Betty in High School. One story that inspires many was the fact that they went to different high schools which were football rivals. Betty was a cheerleader for one and Jack was a star football player for the other. With 80 seconds left on the clock during a Thanksgiving game, Jack caught a 30 yard pass to score the winning touchdown. As Jack's team went crazy celebrating, Betty's team was stone silent - except for Betty who was jumping up and down. She stopped after several of her team mates gently hit her over the head reminding her that her school just lost. All the same her boyfriend was the hero then and for many years till his passing.
Jack and Betty Brow had a passion for playing golf. They would play in the US Northeast and fly out to Bermuda. They enjoyed traveling, especially to Africa, Europe and South America.
Jack and Betty were also involved in community work, giving rides to senior citizens and volunteering with the Cancer Society of Manchester, Ct.
He was a 50 year member of the American Legion Post number 14, Vernon, Ct. and was bar committee chairman for many years.
In addition to Betty, Jack is survived by his children, Gary Brow and his wife Sharon of Vernon, Ct., Cheryl McDonald and her husband Dennis of Tolland, Ct., and John "Jay" Brow and his wife Leanne of Ellington, Ct.; five grandchildren, Corinne Keane and her husband Matt, Jesse Hildebrand, Stephanie, John and Carly Brow; three great grandchildren, Bella Keane, Alyssa Ouellette, and Lyla Silvestri; a sister, Gail Whittaker of East Hartford, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Jack Brow was predeceased by his daughter, Cindy Brow (2011), and his sister, Eleanor Nixon. His family received friends for a memorial service on Saturday, January 4, 2014. The gathering concluded with a prayer service and military honors provided by active, uniform members of the U.S. Air Force.
When asked what she will miss most about her best friend and husband, Betty said: "Just sitting across the table from one another doing crosswords, reading the newspaper, talking and holding hands. We hugged and kissed each and every morning and each and every night. I'm going to miss that."
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