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Gail Roberta (Clements) Brown died peacefully on Feb. 1, 2024 in Milford, Mass., at the age of 87. Her husband of 54 years, Stanley H. Brown, died in 2016.
Gail is survived by her four children and their partners: Robert S. Brown (Deborah C. Brown), Kenneth R. Brown (Ana Pratt), Stephen J. Brown (Chris Bakholdin); and Susan M. O’Carroll (Donal O’Carroll). She is also survived by 6 grandchildren: Amanda Brown, Caleb Brown, Duncan Brown, Samantha Brown, Matthew Brown, and Allison Brown.
Gail was predeceased by her parents, as well as her sister Claire Elaine Lawless and brother Henry W. “Billy” Clements.
Gail and her husband Stanley met in Boston at a young age and lived in Roslindale upon their marriage in 1962. They moved to Milford in the late 1960s to raise their family and enrich the community.
Gail was forever proud of her Boston and Irish roots, including her schooling at Mission Hill High School and attendance at Mission Church. Once in Milford, she became a devoted parishioner, CCD teacher, and eucharistic minister at Saint Mary of the Assumption.
Gail fondly recalled walking or taking the T “everywhere” that she, family, and friends wanted to go in Boston. Her favorite destination was Fenway Park. A Red Sox fanatic, she often claimed the team would have won many more World Series trophies if she’d been in charge. Her baseball acumen would prove useful in Milford, where she was known by some in the neighborhood as “Mother Baseball.” Gail always called it as she saw it when making rulings during endless backyard ball games played by her kids and their friends.
A lover of books, Gail scored a dream job after high school at the Christopher Publishing House where she served as a proofreader and secretary. After raising 4 children in Milford and serving in many volunteer leadership positions, she began a career as a teller at Milford National Bank. A lesson she often shared from her banking experience was to make sure you had money in at least two institutions in case there was a run. Other jobs during her career included school crossing guard and newspaper editorial assistant.
Gail enjoyed spending time with her family, including at the candlepin bowling alley and on vacations to various amusement parks and attractions. After her husband retired, the two hit the cruising circuit, visiting Alaska and the Panama Canal, and ventured by air to Ireland with relatives to visit the cousins abroad. The couple were regulars at concerts and musical theater performances, and if there was a dance floor to be found, they would put anyone younger than them to shame with their footwork.
Her love for music and singing earned her a spot on the Greater Milford Community Chorus. As she told the story, the director approached her after hearing her sing as an audience member and recruited her to join. Not only did Gail join, but she served as president of the board, and was honored during her attendance at one of this past December’s holiday concerts. She also made great friends through the chorus who visited her frequently and kept her spirits up even as her health declined. In announcing Gail’s death to the Chorus, current President Susan Surapine wrote to the group: “She is now in heaven, singing with a choir of angels and dancing with her dear husband, Stanley.”
Gail’s volunteer efforts in Milford made her a familiar face, including at the Milford Senior Center. She lived her last years at Blaire House of Milford Assisted Living, and chose the location in large part due to its location across the street from the center. In 2017, she was named Senior of the Year for 13 years of outstanding service going all the way back to the Senior Center’s 2004 opening.
Visiting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024 from 10:30-11:30am at Edwards Memorial Funeral Home, 44 Congress St., Milford, MA. A noon mass will follow at St. Mary of the Assumption Church at 19 Winter St. in Milford. Burial will immediately follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Flowers may be sent to Edwards Memorial Funeral Home. Donations can be made in Gail’s name to Friends of the Milford Senior Center, 60 North Bow St., Milford MA 01757.