Richard T. Brown Sr., 69, safety equipment salesman

April 05, 2000

Richard Thomas Brown Sr., a retired safety equipment salesman, died Friday at his Lutherville home of lung cancer. He was 69.

Mr. Brown, who sold protective gear such as harnesses and safety belts used by window washers, utility workers and firefighters, retired in 1994 from Miller Equipment Co. where he had worked for more than a decade.

He began his business career with Union Carbide Co. in 1958 and was transferred to Baltimore in 1966.

Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., he earned a bachelor's degree from New York University's School of Commerce.

A Korean War combat veteran, he served in the Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953.

He was a Little League and basketball coach and was an umpire and referee for the Baltimore City Department of Recreation.

He also had been a religious education teacher at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity in Timonium.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 1 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Montserrat Chapel at Loyola Blakefield, 500 Chestnut Ave., Towson.

Mr. Brown is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kathleen M. Sullivan; three sons, Richard Thomas Brown Jr. of Stevensville, Peter James Brown of West Hartford, Conn., and Raymond Mark Brown of Baldwin; a daughter, Patricia Mary Clare Brown of Severna Park; and seven grandchildren.

F. Shawn Potter, 42, BWI fleet service worker F. Shawn Potter, a retired US Airways fleet service employee, died Saturday from complications of brain cancer at St. Agnes Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ellicott City. He was 42.

Known as "Cheese" because he enjoyed eating at least three hot-pepper cheese sandwiches daily, he had worked for US Airways at Baltimore-Washington International Airport since 1983, driving trucks and handling freight and luggage. He retired on a medical disability in November.

He was a co-owner of Snow Pros, a snow-plowing business in Lansdowne and Linthicum.

The Lansdowne native was a 1976 graduate of Cardinal Gibbons High School and an avid Orioles and Ravens fan.

He was a communicant of St. Clement Roman Catholic Church in Lansdowne, where he was vice president of the pastoral council, a Eucharistic minister and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He played on the parish softball team and was active in the parents' club and alumni organization of St. Clement Academy.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Clement Church, Washington and Second avenues.

Mr. Potter is survived by his wife of eight years, the former Cindy Robinson; a daughter, Meghann Potter; a stepson, Justin Kidd; and his parents, Frank and Agnes Potte, all of Lansdowne; three brothers, Terry Potter of Marley, Timmy Potter of Ellicott City and Patrick Potter of Pasadena; a sister, Maureen Potter of Arbutus; and several nephews and nieces.

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