PEMBROKE – James A. Brown died unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 19, 2005, in Bangor. He lived a full life of 87 years and was loved and respected by family and friends. Jim was born in Pembroke, Jan. 29, 1918, to Verner T. and Isabelle (Abernathy) Brown. After graduating from Pembroke High School, with the Class of 1935, he attended the Maine School of Commerce in Bangor, before returning to Pembroke to help manage the family business, Sunset Packing Company. He was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member and past master of Crescent Lodge No. 74 AF & AM, the Royal Arch Chapter, a past grand officer of the Grand Chapter of Maine, the St. Croix Council, the Commandry, Anah Temple Shrine, the International Order of Odd Fellows and the American Legion. He was a founding member of the Pembroke Trotting Association and raced horses throughout Maine and on the ice on Penamaquan River. He served the Town of Pembroke in various elected positions, including selectman and school committee, for over 50 years. Included among his many accomplishments, and perhaps his greatest, was his perseverance to have the Town of Pembroke purchase the land at Reversing Falls for a park in the 1950’s and his determination to give Pembroke students the opportunity to attend Washington Academy in East Machias. He saw significant changes in the sardine business from his childhood days at Grandpa Abernathy’s factory to his retirement in the 1980’s. He was a former State Chairman of the Maine Sardine Council. After his retirement he remained active as a sardine inspector for the State of Maine. He was drawn to the salt water for pleasure as well as work. He spent countless hours on or near the saltwater. He owned many boats and shared family picnics on beaches and islands from Campobello Island, N.B., to Beals Island. He enjoyed taking his dog for a run or swim to Leighton Point, often to Johnny’s, which is where he was going on Friday. He will be forever missed and always remembered by his wife of 59 years, Jacqueline B. Brown; children, Patricia J. and George Fallon of Trescott, James A. Brown Jr. of Harrisburg, Pa., William H. Brown of Pembroke, Donald F. and Terri Brown of Orrington, Catherine A. and David Townsend of Calais, Nancy E. and Donald Veader of Pembroke; grandchildren, Sgt. Jason E. Barrett, Jacob Barrett, Adam M. Farley, Sarah Farley, Lindsay Doyle, Andrea Brown, James A. Brown, Nicholas Reynolds, Benjamin Veader, Katherine Veader, David and Melissa; great grandchildren, Tristan, Marcus, Haley and Devan; a sister, Barbara Cox of Calais; many nieces and nephews and special longtime family friend, Lloyd “Johnny” Leighton. He always had a dog, the most recent, Bear, who survives him and stayed by his side on Friday. He was predeceased by daughters, Mary I. Brown, and Margaret J. Reynolds; granddaughter, Molly Reynolds; and brother, Lt. Col. Donald T. Brown. Visiting hours will be held 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the Ironworks Methodist Church. Services, including Masonic services, will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the Ironworks Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Molly Reynold’s Scholarship care of Washington Academy in East Machias or the Pembroke Alumni Association. <>