Leonard E. Brown, telephone company lineman

August 25, 2008|By Arin Gencer | Arin Gencer,arin.gencer@baltsun.com

Leonard E. Brown, a retired telephone company lineman, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 80.

Mr. Brown, known as Lenny, lived in Annapolis. Until retiring in 1984, he was a lineman and central office repairman for C&P Telephone Co., said his son Steven Brown of Centreville.

He was born in Baltimore, grew up in Waverly and attended City College before serving in the Navy from 1945 to 1947.

His family said he loved to go sailing, fishing and crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay. He liked to search the water for small treasures, using a metal detector to locate watches and other items.

Mr. Brown later added walking to his activities. That led to weekly gatherings with fellow walkers - a quartet of friends known as the Breakfast Club - who would walk Saturdays, followed by a meal.

He was a member of the Annapolis Elks Lodge No. 622.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. John Neumann Church, 620 Bestgate Road in Annapolis.

He is survived by a sister, Angela Ay of Arnold; three other children, Leslie Thrasher of Arnold, Timothy Brown of Idaho and Jeremy Brown of Texas; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.

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