Joseph J. “Joe” Brown, Jr.

January 15, 1930 - October 9, 2018

Joseph J. “Joe” Brown, Jr., age 88, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Born in Wilmington, DE on January 15, 1930, he was the son of the late Joseph J. and Catherine (Carroll) Brown, Sr. Joe proudly served in the National Guard and dedicated his career as a training technician with the DE Air National Guard in New Castle. He retired as Chief Master Sergeant after 43 years of service.

After retirement, Joe stayed active in many community groups including the Brandywine Road and Gun Club, the Centennial Legion of Historic Military Commands, the American Rifles, Elks Newark Lodge No. 2882 and the American Legion. He was the first Vice Chairman of the Dover Federal Credit Union Board of Directors, served on the board for over 20 years and was a credit union volunteer for 41 years. Joe was a member of St. Joseph on the Brandywine R.C. Church.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his loving wife, Paula Jane (Sutton) Brown. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Jane Brown (David Sewell); sister, Mary C. Bacon; and granddaughter, Emily Patricia Brown (Philip Marzen).

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 10:30 am on Monday, October 15, 2018, at St. Joseph on the Brandywine R.C. Church, 8 Old Church Road, Wilmington, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 am. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe’s memory to the Salesianum Scholarship Fund, 1801 N. Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19802.


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10 Condolences for Joseph J. “Joe” Brown, Jr.

  • Joe will be missed. If there is no grass in heaven Joe will need a new hobby.

  • To Family and Friends of Joe Brown. Bill & I send our condolences & prayers to you at this sad time.

    God Bless you all.

    Bill and Phyllis Carroll


  • Dear Jennifer and Mrs. Brown,

    I am very sorry to read this today. While Jennifer and I were dating, Mr. Brown was very nice, respectful and kind to me every time I would see him. That is something that has stayed with me to this day. I have always respected him as a result.

    I understand the loss of a parent Jennifer. Hold on to all of those great memories you have been able to experience with him.

    Take care,


  • I am so sorry for your loss. I loved talking with your Dad about all things, not just taxes. He was smart and knowledgeable about so many things and lived a vibrant life from stories he told me. I felt proud when he trusted me to do his taxes after many years of doing them himself. I know you, Emily and Dave will miss him.

  • On behalf of myself and all your Carroll cousins here in Ireland, please accept our deepest sympathies on the passing of Joe. A real gentleman. God Bless you all.

  • Godspeed to a good friend and fellow veteran, always enjoyed working with him at the club, his knowledge of firearms and shooting will be missed. The guy was first class and will be missed by all.

  • So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I knew him for many years thru his association with Dover FCU.
    God Bless his family in this time of sorrow.

  • I was more than touched by the time and energy that you took to write about my father on the obituary notice. That was such a lovely gesture and I was very thankful for the kind words that you said about him and about respect. You are right this is one of the most devastating experiences that I have ever been through. I hope all is well with you and your family. Sending many good wishes for the new year.

  • It doesn’t seem possible that you left me here and went to join Paula Jane 3 years ago. I miss you so much. Somehow those words don’t begin to express the depth of how I feel without you for guidance love and support.
    It makes me have mixed emotions now that Aunt Mary is there with you as well. And Dave has passed and I’m sure you guys are talking about the gun club and everything else.
    It’s very humbling when more and more of the people that you love have gone on. It makes me feel very lonely. I hope that everything is beautiful for you and mother. As beautiful as you made my life. I love you so much!!