Dec. 14, 1924 – April 4, 2017
James A. Brown, a retired accountant, boxing historian and track and field coach, died Tuesday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 92.
Born in Buffalo, he grew up in the Bailey-Kensington neighborhood and was a graduate of Kensington High School.
During World War II, he served in the Seventh Army in a coastal artillery regiment in battles in France and Germany. He was among the troops that liberated the Dachau concentration camp.
Returning from service, he attended the University of Buffalo, graduating with a degree in accounting.
He worked for many years as an accountant for National Gypsum Co. and later for Marine Midland Bank.
Mr. Brown’s passion for fitness began as a boy. In eighth grade, he won a Buffalo city-wide track meet.
In retirement, he placed in his age division in running, race walking and hurdles at the Empire State Games and the World University Games.
He was a longtime member of the Nickel City Road Runners.
In the early 1970s, he founded the Buffalo Belles Track Club, the first all-female track club in Western New York. He helped organize and served as an official at AAU-sponsored meets and was a coach with the Western New York Track and Field Officials Association.
A lifelong boxing fan and historian, he taught boxing at the Delaware Family YMCA and an amassed a large collection of Buffalo boxing memorabilia. He served for many years on the board of directors of Western New York Boxing Association, Ring 44, and was its treasurer.
A Grand Island resident since 1970, he was active in Trinity United Methodist Church, where he served as bookkeeper and accountant.
He also was an avid duplicate bridge player.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Gloria Risden, a retired elementary school teacher; two sons, Daniel and Paul; two daughters, Carolyn Starr and Sandra Boebel; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.