Robert L. Brown

Robert L. Brown, 75, of Bradford, died peacefully at UPMC Hamot on Thursday, May 14, 2020.  

Born April 19, 1945, in Bradford, he was the son to Lorin V. and Ruth I. (Baughman) Brown.

He was a 1963 graduate of Bradford High School. After graduating from California University (PA) in 1967 he became a Technology teacher for the Bradford Area School District where he taught for 38 years until his retirement in 2007.

On December 20, 1996 in Bradford He married JoAnne (Sacco) who survives.

He developed an interest in flight and aeronautics at an early age when his parents often took him to regional air shows. He created his first model airplane in his youth, sparking a passion that carried on throughout his lifetime. He devoted much of his life to aviation from years as a pit boss for pylon racing, into the current trend of drone racing. He served on the board of directors for the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Inc. since 1985, most recently as President from 2011 to 2016. He received their highest honor and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2006. He was the US representative to the Fédération Aéronautique International (FAI) for decades and travelled the world in support of his passion and as an ambassador to spread the joy he had for modeling, with others. He was awarded the FAI Paul Tissander Diplome in 2016 and the FAI Gold Aeromodelling Medal in 2017.

Surviving is his wife JoAnne of 26 years, one daughter, Brigette and her husband David, of Woolwich Township, NJ, who commented, “You will always be my rock, even though my castle is crumbling today. You have taught me to be strong and determined. I will rebuild the void with your spirit guiding me.”, one stepdaughter, Jennifer Spampinato, of Baltimore MD; four grandchildren, Dawson, Braeden, Soren Izabella, and Michael, and his former wife Carolyn (Rink) Marchand.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant sister Sally.

At Bob’s request, there will be no public services observed. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Donations to honor Bob’s lifelong commitment to aviation can be made to, The Cliff and Nancy Telford Scholarship Fund, c/o The Academy of Model Aeronautics, Inc 5161 E. Memorial Drive, Muncie, IN 47302.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

 

HOLLENBECK-CAHILL Funeral Home

33 South Avenue • Bradford, PA 16701

All Condolences -

JoAnne, So sorry for your loss of Bob. He will be missed.
— Michael Luciano

JoAnne, I''m so very sorry to hear this news. I''ve spent a lot of time talkin g and flying models with Bob over the years. 55 years in fact. He will be missed by many. My best to you and your family JoAnne. Jimmy
— Jimmy Florio and Family

JoAnne: I simply can''t express my sadness at the passing of Bob. I am so terribly sorry. He was a wonderful man and a great leader. He really had a remarkable life. Jonathan Gaffney
— Jonathan Gaffney

I''m going to miss Bob''s unique personality. As a very knowledgeable r/c pilot, he offered invaluable assistance to so many. I always told him, "He IS smiling".
— James Keough

I will miss our chats & discussions of all subjects. True friends never die as long as we continue to talk about them, you my friend will never die in my thoughts. RIP
— Randy Bittinger

we will miss your knowledge and your smile,high high and keep smiling
— James mckelvey

I am so sorry to learn of Bobs passing.. How sad another 1963 classmate is gone. God bless you through this difficult time Fondly Judy Keenan
— JUDY KEENAN

Condolences

  • JoAnne, So sorry for your loss of Bob. He will be missed.

    — Michael Luciano
  • JoAnne, I''m so very sorry to hear this news. I''ve spent a lot of time talkin g and flying models with Bob over the years. 55 years in fact. He will be missed by many. My best to you and your family JoAnne. Jimmy

    — Jimmy Florio and Family
  • JoAnne: I simply can''t express my sadness at the passing of Bob. I am so terribly sorry. He was a wonderful man and a great leader. He really had a remarkable life. Jonathan Gaffney

    — Jonathan Gaffney
  • I''m going to miss Bob''s unique personality. As a very knowledgeable r/c pilot, he offered invaluable assistance to so many. I always told him, "He IS smiling".

    — James Keough
  • I will miss our chats & discussions of all subjects. True friends never die as long as we continue to talk about them, you my friend will never die in my thoughts. RIP

    — Randy Bittinger