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December 21, 2012

C. Bruce Brown, senator's father, dies at 75

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He also ran a tourist boat on the Merrimack River, the Sabino.

“I knew Bruce first at Pease,” said Fowler. “We spent a lot of time at the gym together — he played basketball and I played baseball, but we both hung around the gym a lot. He was an active guy.”

After his tenure on the council in the early ‘70s, Brown moved to western Massachusetts. Regarding public life, he ran for the Statehouse there but was defeated, friends recall.

He returned to Newburyport, and in terms of civic life, he ran for the House against Cousins in 1992 in the Republican primary.

“I beat him, but it was a good campaign,” said Cousins yesterday. “We never had a bad word as a result of that race, and we always worked together well.”

Brown was remembered yesterday as a contributor to the community.

Judy Lacroix, former chairwoman of Yankee Homecoming, praised Brown for his work with that event.

“Bruce was a great volunteer, and he organized the annual collection at the parade for the Jimmy Fund,” she said.

Her son, Jason LaCroix, who himself was chairman of Yankee Homecoming, said, “Scott was chairman in 1982, and was on the board for many years. He was devoted to the Jimmy Fund collection at the parade, and only gave it up when his health deteriorated.

“He will be missed.”

When Scott Brown ran for the Senate two years ago, Brown was active in putting up signs and introducing his son to friends in the community.

“Bruce and Scott came to City Hall when Scott was running,” said Richard Jones, city clerk. “They worked well together, and Bruce was very much behind the campaign.”

The work on the campaign appeared to strengthen the bond between father and son.

Brown divorced when Scott Brown was 1. Scott Brown mostly lived in Wakefield with his mother, but spent portions of the summer on Plum Island with his father.

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