BRUNSWICK — Claude C. Brown, age 91, died at Ledgeview Assisted Living, Cumberland Foreside, on Friday, January 19, 2013.

He was born February 27, 1921 in Jacksonville, FL the son of Edgar C. and Hester E. Williams Brown. He married Eleanor S. Carver in 1944. Mrs. Brown died July 7, 2011.

Mr. Brown was a retired Lt Commander in the US Navy. He served his country for 30 years, and was stationed all over the world, including Rota Spain, Morocco, and England. He was a WWII veteran of the USS Baltimore, 6th Fleet. Over his military career, he served on seven ships including the Presidential Yacht Williamsburg as the staff meteorologist. His last tour of duty was at the Brunswick Naval Air Station.

His love for travel and other cultures followed him into his retirement from the Navy. He and Mrs. Brown traveled the world visiting every continent except Antarctica. He especially loved Indian and Thai cultures, but always sought out the native fares wherever he visited in the world. Mr. Brown and his wife experienced over 20 cruises, Hong Kong being one of their favorite destinations.

After his retirement from the Navy, Mr. Brown started a second career as a salesman for over 18 years with Treworgy Furniture, Brunswick. He was a member of First Parish Church and active in the local Meals on Wheels program. He was an annual supporter of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Portland Museum of Art. Mr. Brown instructed young skiers at Lost Valley for over 25 years until he was 80 years old. He also became very skilled in “to-scale” ship modeling and was commissioned privately for his replicas.

He is survived by his daughter, Susan Ann Brown Pelletier and her husband, Robert of North Yarmouth.

At his request, services will be private. Interment will be in the First Parish Memorial Garden in the Spring. Condolences and memories can be expressed at

The family would like to express grateful thanks to the staff at Ledgeview Assisted Living for the exceptional care given to Mr. Brown in his final days.