WINCHENDON - Leon (Sonny) Joseph Brow, Jr., 85, passed away Monday, February 10, 2020, surrounded by family at the home he built with his dad and raised his children in. Sonny was born February 22, 1932 to Alice P. (Hadmack) and Leon (Mitch) Joseph Brow.
After graduating from Murdock High School in 1952, he enlisted, and proudly served, in the US Marine Corp. He actively served in the Korean Conflict. In 1954, Sonny returned to Winchendon, MA to marry his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Carol A. Levasseur.
After completing his tour of duty, he served as a Police Officer on the Winchendon police force. He spent 20 years working at S. Bent & Bros. and retired with a disability as a head custodian at the Memorial School in Winchendon.
There was nothing more important to Sonny than his immediate family. In his younger years he was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing of all types. In his later years he enjoyed camping at Woodmore Campground where they spent 30 years making friends and memories. After Carol retired, time was spent travelling to various locations on bus trips. Some of his funniest stories were about his fishing excursions with his son and son-in-law. His most memorable and enjoyable vacations were the two weeks spent with family on Lake Champlain in July although, anytime he spent with family was a good time.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 193.
A special thank you to Dr. David Havlin for the exceptional care he gave Sonny over many years and the people at Gardner VNA hospice for their loving care and support during his final days.
Sonny is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Carol, his three children, Theresa (Terry) Brow Frederick, Edward (Ed) Brow and his wife Rachael Brow, Patricia (Patty) Brow Frawley, six grandchildren, Shannon Drake and her husband Oliver, Matthew Brow, Jacob Brow, Hannah Mercier, Kyle Frederick and Stephanie Lahtinen. A sister in-law and 2 brother in-laws. He also leaves behind 3 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, sister Lillian A. Clapp and son in law Trey Frederick.
Per his request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or GVNA Healthcare Hospice 34 Pearly Ln, Gardner, MA 01440.
Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.