Douglas H. Brown Sr., a former Sanborn resident and longtime business teacher at Niagara-Wheatfield High School, died Monday in Groves Independence Residence, Independence, Mo., after a long illness. He was 86.
Born in Welland, Ont., he moved to Niagara Falls as a child with his family. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy from 1943 until his honorable discharge in 1945.
After the service, he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration at the University of Buffalo and a master's degree in education at Niagara University. He settled in Sanborn in 1953.
Mr. Brown was a charter member of the Niagara-Wheatfield Board of Education, serving for several years as board president. He was a member and former pastor of Community of Christ Church in Lewiston. He was the church's district president for Western New York and held the office of elder. He was a leader of the Explorer Sea Scouts and a member of the American Legion in Sanborn.
His wife, Etta A. McDonald Brown, died in 1997.
He is survived by two sons, Donald K. of North Tonawanda and Douglas H. of Independence; a daughter, Donna Frey of Lewiston; two brothers, Alexander of Ransomville and Ronald N. of Lewiston; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Community of Christ Church, 5235 Lewiston Road, Lewiston. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lewiston.