Barry Brown


Birth: July 11th, 1936
Death: August 5th, 2017
Age: 81 years
Residence:Bay City , Michigan

Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend Barry C. Brown (1936-2017) passed away peacefully on August 5, 2017 surrounded by his loved ones. He just celebrated his 81st birthday on July 11 and was always a kind and gentle soul. His education included Saginaw High, CMU, Delta, various continued education training and he graduated in 1974 from the Winona School of Professional photography. He was able to use all of his photographic and darkroom knowledge to transfer to the digital age and do things on the computer that before took hours to do in the darkroom. Barry had a passion for family, friends and life in general. He loved the out-of-doors and all aspects of nature. He was able to enjoy those loves at his cabin in Lupton and the Rose City area. He had many special relationships with his hunting and fishing buddies that meant so much to him. He loved guns and ammo and continued to study his magazines about them. His days on pistol teams are probably what took his hearing. He had awesome relationships with “kids” from the old neighborhood and his cousins and treasured each of those. He and Judy were members of a snowmobile club, The Bay Area Sno-Drifters, and enjoyed all those adventures with friends that were like family. Newer friends include the residents of the Kawkawlin Riverbend Condos. He worked on his travel bucket list by going to Canada, Alaska, Yellowstone, Las Vegas and England. He won a car in Las Vegas and married Judy there in 1983. Casino trips were great fun, especially those to Bay Mills where he felt the most comfortable. Art colleagues were, also, among his cherished associates. Artists and Gallery folks encouraged him and it made him feel so special that his work was so appreciated. Recently he had been exhibiting at C.A.T. Works in Bay City, Studio 23, Creative 360, Shoreline Gallery in Suttons Bay, The GALLERY in Saginaw and the West Branch Creative Arts Association. Each venue was a place of refuge and a place where great friends were made. Barry retired as a partner from Bradford-LaRiviere and previously owned Saginaw Photo. Those involved were lifelong friends and he admired the people and all the talent they had. He was proud of his time, as a younger man, in the Saginaw Jaycees and was a lifetime member of Masons Saginaw Lodge #77 F & AM. Barry will be deeply missed by his soul-mate, Judy Brown; his daughters Pam (John) Wilson, Kathy (Don) Williams, Lori (Kevin) Rathburn, step-daughter Tammy Samborn and Brandon, step-son Tom (Karin) Collins; brother Roger (Dee) Brown; sisters Beverly (Larry) Levi, Susan (Virgil) Riggsbee, Connie (Tim) Barnes; sister-in-law Jeannie (Tom) Demski; all of his in-laws and his special 94 year old mother-in-law, 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Barry was preceded in death by his parents Colon and Gladys Brown, a brother Richard Brown, and his faithful dog, Belle. Judy and the family would like to Thank all of the amazing Doctors that took care of him and kept him active until his final days. The McLaren staff was great and some of them lovingly called him “their best customer”. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Rivertown Funeral Chapel.



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