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Morris Brown, 91, Pickwick Decorators Owner

Former Mineola businessman passed away on Jan. 14, 2013.

Morris Brown passed away on Jan. 14, 2013 in Littleton, MA at the age of 91.

Formerly of Long Island, New York, he was born in Philadelphia on July 15, 1921 to the late Ethel and Mendel Brown. Brown worked in his family’s store from the age of five before moving to Florida with his family in the 1930s where he also attended Florida State University.

It was at his parents home on Pearl Harbor Day that he met Frances (Shaw) of Boston, his cherished wife of 62 years; they were married the following April. Morris joined the Army Air Corps, and after receiving training at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Academy in Miami, he served in North Africa and Italy during WWII.

When he returned home, he and Frances eventually settled on Long Island, where Brown began a long and successful career in antiques and design.

He was the owner of Pickwick Decorators of Mineola, where he and his craftsmen created original furnishings which were sought after internationally for residential, commercial and public settings, including, interestingly, the historic public library in Morristown, New Jersey.

Always the recycler, Brown was known for marrying parts of antiques with new work, thereby giving new life to fragments and artifacts that would otherwise be lost. Brown and his wife enjoyed traveling to Europe, visiting museums and places of architectural interest.

Upon retirement and the passing of his wife, he eventually moved to Concord, MA to be near his family. He turned his artistic eye to the creation of small abstract paintings which were included in several local exhibits.

The family wishes to thank the staffs at Concord Park Assisted Living and Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley, for greatly enhancing Morris quality of life in his final years.

He was considered a friend to all, and his apartment was always open for a tour of his collectio

He is survived by his dear sister Gertrude; devoted daughter Susan and husband David; son Mark and wife Zelda; loving grandchildren Alison, Ben and wife Ary; and great-grandchildren Rian, Kaleed and A.J. A private family service will be held.

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