Francis Joseph Brown passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, February 1, 2015. He was 74 years old.
Joe was introduced to the Club in a curious way. After our brief sojourn at PJ’s Tavern & Jefferson Grill, Joe happened to stop in there for a drink following a bridge game. Somehow backgammon came up, and the waitress who had served us at the tournament gave Joe our number. The rest is history, he came to every tournament but one thereafter, and we’ve all been the beneficiaries of the coincidence that brought him to us.
I have expressed to his daughter Katherine what a joy he was to have in Club, and how much we all appreciated his sense of humor and sportsmanship. She was very touched, and told me that he talked a lot about the Club and how much he enjoyed it. She indicated that Joe really looked forward to Tournament night, and had all but abandoned bridge for backgammon. He also spoke to her about how friendly and welcoming all of you were to him.
If any of you would like to tell a story or say something about Joe, please use the Comments section to do that. Katherine and the rest of his family would love to hear them.
The memorial service will be on Saturday, February 7th, at Kutis Funeral Home in Affton -10151 Gravois Road, St. Louis, MO 63123. Visitation at 1:00 pm on Saturday followed by the service at 2:00 pm. Obituary for Francis Joseph Brown