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Chris William Brown Sr., Buffalo-born boxing champ and Marine

Dec. 25, 1939 – March 18, 2016

Chris William Brown Sr. of Buffalo, a former U.S. Marine Corps boxing champion, died March 18. He was 76.

Born in Our Lady of Victory Hospital, Mr. Brown was a lifelong resident of Buffalo, and attended Buffalo Public Schools. He was a Golden Gloves boxing champion in the mid-1950s, until he entered the Marine Corps in 1958.

While in the Marines, Mr. Brown was the middleweight boxing champion of the Atlantic Fleet.

He was also one of the first Marines to land in Beirut, Lebanon, as part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Operation Blue Bat in 1958.

Upon returning home from the service, Mr. Brown married the former Laura Gripper, and worked for the Ford Motor Co., from which he retired in 1989.

In retirement, Mr. Brown enjoyed reading, walking and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include three sons, Tilden, Chris Jr. and Ramses; a daughter, Desiree Brown-Garner; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at noon Monday at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 701 E. Delavan Ave.

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