John Eaton "Aidan" Brown
June 19, 1934 ~ January 30, 2019
John Eaton “Aidan” Brown, 84, of Weirton, passed away peacefully surrounded by his entire loving family, Wednesday, January 30, 2019 in UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. He was born June 19, 1934 in County Armagh, Ireland. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents in Ireland. Also preceding him are his brothers Eugene, Raymond, Ivor, Martin and Terence and sisters Christina, Ila, Agnes and Kathleen.
John retired from the City of Weirton, where he served as Director of Public Works. He was a very accomplished carpenter and left his thumbprint throughout the Tri State area. John was a member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church and had served on both St. Paul and Madonna School Boards. While a young man in Ireland, he exceled in track and field and cross country, and won many prizes for running. He was a champion javelin sportsman winning first prize, as well as an Ulster junior Pole vaulting champion during his time with the Armagh City Harriers. John was an avid handball player in Ireland and in the Tri State area. At the age of 15, he enlisted in the Irish Army in Collins Barrick, Dublin. He served for six years. He met the love of his life in 1957 in England, they have been married for 60 years.
He is survived by his wife Maureen Winstanley Brown; sons Terence Fabian “Terry” (Yvonne) Brown of Yorkville, OH, Michael Patrick (Susie) Brown of Stafford, VA and Matthew Mark (Jolena) Brown of Follansbee, WV; daughters Colleen Maureen (Robert) Weeda of Park Hills, KY, Christina Bernadette (Terry) Barnett of Seven Lakes, NC and Erin Kathleen (Jacob) Koper of Pittsburgh, PA; brother Dermot Toal; 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren and several cousins in Ireland. He will be deeply missed by his beloved pets Ruby and Seamas.
Many will remember John for his infectious smile and Irish lilt. He loved playing the harmonica and accordian and singing Irish lullabies, most notably, Tora Lora Lora to all his children.
Friends will be received Sunday 12 -5 PM at Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 AM Monday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church. The Reverend Father Babu Joseph Elamturuthil will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Weirton.
Memorial contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.
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Mrs Brown and family We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of John. We will always remember him passing by our house on his many walks. We was a wonderful, kind person. We will miss seeing him. May he Rest In Peace and many blessings to your family. Mark and Barbara Trushel
I’am sorry Maureen and Matt and family to hear of the passing of John. I played Handball with John for many years and he was my partner at times went we went to Pittsburgh and Johnstown to play he was a good friend to me and to all the Handball players at the Center he will be missed. I also played with Matt. And Matt all the Handball Players will reminder your dad for his Irish Whip. May God Bless John and I hope he enjoy’s playing Handball and I known he will in Heaven. Your friend always Harry Caldwell
Dear Terry, I am very sad to learn of the passing of your Dad. John was a wonderful person, and was always very kind to me. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May he Rest In Peace.
John Brown was an incredible person. He taught me about passion for a sport we loved – the sport of handball. He taught me how to win, to understand the game is not over if you are trailing, and how to keep trying when things get tough. He was a great life coach. John loved his family very much. He was so proud of his Irish heritage and knew how to be a loyal friend. I know John is in Heaven and am thankful he was part of my life. Stephen Carey