Gloria Joy Brown

It has been a sad month or so for Highlands and Atlantic Highlands with the deaths of so many beloved residents and former residents. Highlands was stricken with the death former administrator and boro clerk Nina Flannery, followed not long after by political leader and long-time advocate Carol Bucco. This week, Atlantic Highlands had more than its own share of sadness with the death of Gloria Brown, a strong leader, wonderful lady, enthusiastic supporter of everything Bayshore and the mom in a great family together with the dad and husband of the family, the late Sam Brown, known far and wide for all he did for Henry Hudson as a board of ed. leader. Then today, it is also so sad to report that Ruth Carosoe, former borough clerk in this town and another lady of charm, grace and intelligence, also passed. Here is Gloria's obituary, a tribute from her family for a wonderful woman. Gloria Joy Brown, 95, passed peacefully on February 5 at the Atrium, Red Bank, New Jersey. Born October 17, 1925 in Sherman Mills, Maine, she had been an extraordinary local presence since moving to Atlantic Highlands, NJ in 1934. Gloria's caring spirit and strong faith guided her life. She met the love of her life, Samuel P. Brown (d. 1991) right out of high school. They were married in 1945 and enjoyed 46 years of total devotion to each other and their family. Throughout her long life Gloria was always involved in service to her Presbyterian Church as a Deacon and Ruling Elder, including Clerk of Session. In her community she was busily involved in myriad capacities. She will be remembered for everything from coaching the local twirling squads at Henry Hudson Regional School to her reputation as “Atlantic Highlands First Aid Fireball.” Gloria served as an EMT for the Borough for many years, as well as working tirelessly on the Squad's fundraising for a new ambulance. Gloria is survived by her 3 children: Joy Brown Taylor, P. Jeffrey Brown (and wife Melanie Davies), and Tracey Brown-Bandiera. She is also survived by her 3 loving grandchildren, Sam and Rebecca Taylor and Caroline Brown. Gloria's cremains will be interred with those of her beloved Sam in Bayview Cemetery. The family will host a celebration of her life at a later date.


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