Charles F. Brown

Date of Passing:

November 14, 2023

Brown, Charles, F. “Charlie” , 98, of Olmsted Way, Providence passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home in East Providence on Tuesday, November 14, 2023. He was the husband of the late Anna T. (Almeida) Brown.

Born in Madison County, Virginia on May 23, 1925 a son of the late Howard B. Brown Sr. and Eleanor (Strother)Brown. He resided in Providence for 94 years.

Before retirement Mr. Brown was employed as a machinists by the former Rosbro Plastics Company, of Pawtucket.

He enjoyed watching Cowboy movies, Judge Judy and The Price Is Right. He was an avid Billiard player and a true New England sports fan and the Kentucky Derby.

His love of sports also lead him to be an enthusiastic supporter of local youth sport teams. He looked forward to going to Twin Rivers and taking his yearly trip to Atlantic City. Charlie loved to dance and take his daily walks.
He took great delight in eating, savoring every bite. Charlie will be remembered for his big personality, being a jokester and his assortments of hats.

He is survived by a daughter, Linda J. Brown of East Providence, two sons, Marvette Howard and his wife LaRue of Chicago, IL, Charles Howard of Columbus, Ohio, six grandchildren, Langston, Aaron, Chandler and Eric Howard, DeAhna Carson, Tiana Victor, his companion, Marie Speaks of Providence 3 bonus children Sidney, Jeffrey and Nancy Speaks, numerous bonus grand and great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

He was the brother of the late Richard E. Brown, Howard B.Brown Jr., Kenneth Brown and Dorothy Maynard. He was preceded in death by two of his companion’s children
Michael and Michele Speaks.

All Funeral arrangements will take place in our Lady of the Rosary Church on Monday, November 20, 2023 21 Traverse Street, Providence. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence. VISITATION from 10-11 AM.

In lieu of flowers, Gifts in his memory may be made to the Cape Verdean Cultural and Education Scholarship Fund 329 Grosvenor Avenue, East Providence, Rhode Island 02914

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  1. Sometimes I think about the residents of Olmsted and I wonder how they are doing. My mother (Gert Wilson) lived there for 10 years. She always smiled when she greeted “Charlie Brown” She spoke well of him and Miss Marie. They were generous in sharing their Manchupa with us. I really liked “Charlie Brown”. He was a very nice man. May he rest in peace and may his family and friends be comforted.

  2. My condolences to the brown family.charlie was a good man an a gentleman.i remb.haveing fun times with Charlie at twin river laughing.joking an asking for bets he was the best of the best will miss u my friend RIP Charlie.

  3. To Linda, Marie and family,

    We are soo sorry to hear of the passing of Charlie Brown. He will be missed dearly by all of the residents at Olmsted Gardens. I will never forget his stories he would tell me and every time, I have an apple, I will remember Charlie and his fried apples he used to make. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May his precious memories comfort you all.

    Management Team at Olmsted Gardens

  4. It was an honor for me and my family to had been a part of Poppy’s life. I never seen a person with such a positive outlook in live. I will miss the many talks we had,,and the fun times we shared over the years. One Love Poppy from your Puerto Rican side of the family. 🙏😇❤✝️ Chino, Shorty and family.

  5. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Linda and Marie’s family for the loss of such a wonderful man. I remember his last birthday party, I think it was his 96th. He made a grand entrance dressed to the nines from his hat 🎩 to his shoes 👞👞, and he had a great time. Charlie Brown was a “clown” and he lived life to the fullest. When I grow up I want to be just like him 😉. May he rest in peace 🙏🏽with Our Lord and to the family try to think of all the joy that he brought to your lives. He had a good life and was relatively healthy for all but the past year or so. You all have a special Guardian Angel 😇 now, look over your shoulder sometimes and you’ll know that he’s with you.

  6. Auntie Rie and family we are so sorry for your loss. May he rest in eternal peace.

  7. To the Brown and Speaks Family, sending my heart felt love and condolences. May Papi Rest In Peace.

  8. Linda

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow and grief. Uncle Charlie will be greatly missed!

  9. Linda I am very sorry for your loss. The family sends there condolences. May he rest in peace.

  10. my condolences Linda, may God bless him and watch over him as you did.R.I.P.

  11. My great friend, always playing with you. Every time we met we played and you laughed at what I told you, my friend Charles, but we will see each other soon, in the Government of Our Creator JEHOVAH. In the Resurrection 🙏🌹📖

  12. Linda, and the bereavement family our sincere heartfelt condolences, Papi made a genuine difference in the lives of so many people.
    We are especially grateful to have been embraced with authentic love. compassion, kindness, humor and his radiance of sunshine while in his presence. 🙌🏿 May Papi forever rest in eternal peace 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽💕 Continued blessings bestowed upon his family and loved one.🙌🏿

  13. May the family of such a dear soul be aware of the Angel that God has placed in spirit to watch over them and to protect them always. Mr. Charlie was the best, an awesome person with the biggest heart. As he is now wrapped in the arms of the LORD, may we always remember him in his unwavering faith. It was more than a pleasure knowing him and I’ll never forget that smile and the gratitude he had for all who knew him.

  14. Our deepest condolences to Linda and her family. Dennis and Jean Warner.

  15. My deepest condolences to Marie and Charlie’s family. Charlie was a wonderful man and gentleman. He was alway’s positive, and had a smile on his face. He was my neighbor, and good friend. I will miss seeing and talking with him. He was 1 in a million.

  16. Deep condolences to Linda and family. Your dad always had a great smile. May he rest in peace and he will be smiling down on you.

  17. My deepest condolences to the Brown and Speaks family and to the friends who were blessed to know my Papa Charlie.🌹 My heart will forever know the love that he gave and I’ll cherish all of the memories we made. Rest in Heavenly peace.

  18. Buddy, I’m so sorry for your loss! Always loved hearing you talk about your dad! You would light up every time! Sending you love!!!

  19. Dear Linda and family. Laura and our entire family would like to express our deepest condolences 🙏 prayer to you and your family.

  20. To Linda and family. I send my deepest condolences. To Marie may you fine comfort knowing that we all share in your sorrow and grief. Charlie was a gem and we are all better for knowing him. Rest in Peace Charlie.

  21. Linda , We are very sorry for the loss of your Dad Charlie. Our deepest sympathy to you and the family. May he rest in peace. Kathy and Manny Roderick

  22. charlie brown was an inspiration to his anchor medical assoc team. we enjoyed our time with him and felt honored to care for him and be cared for by him.
    condolences and a hug to all his wonderful family
    brenda and diane

  23. I am honored and blessed to have shared so many years with Charlie. He was truly a blessing in my life and I will miss him. Rest In Peace.

  24. To the Brown and Speaks Family, remembering Poppy’s gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May you Rest In Peace.

  25. Linda,

    I am sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. It appears your dad lived a long happy life on his terms. I pray those many fond memories help you through the hard days.

  26. My condolences to the Family and my auntie Mrs Marie Speaks love you and prayers up to everyone.

  27. Condolences to Linda and Family. May he Rest in Peace.

  28. Condolence to your family, prayers and love coming you way.
    May he rest in peace!!

  29. Linda,
    Our sincere condolences for the loss of your father.

  30. Linda my prayers go out to you and your family. May he rest in eternal peace.

  31. Our deepest condolences to Linda and the family. He sounds like a wonderful person. May he rest in peace.

  32. Wow my Charlie Brown I have known him since I was a small kid in Fox Point – how I loved him always so happy and lots of fun – I will miss you – Rest in peace always.

  33. Linda and family. My sincere sympathy and prayers to you at this most difficult time on the passing of your Dad. Treasure your memories.
    Peace be with you.

  34. My deepest condolences Linda to you and your family

  35. I am glad I got the chance to meet Mr. Charlie Brown through his son Marvette. I recall the laughter he brought to the room when we dined at his favorite restaurant. And I never knew anyone who loved his hats as much as “Charlie Brown ~ Pops did. You are in loving hands now, Rest in Peace

  36. Charlie Brown was one of the happiest people I know, he enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. May he rest in peace

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