Staten Island RC Modelers has dedicated its flying field in memory of founding members George and Mary Brown.
The Staten Island RC Modelers held a ceremony on April 22, 2017, to honor the late George and Mary Brown.
The plaque, presented to their son, John Brown, read,
“Brownie’s Field, This flying field is dedicated to the memory of George and Mary Brown in appreciation of their devotion, commitment, and friendship to the club members of Staten Island R.C. Modelers.”
George and Mary opened Brownie’s Pro & Sport Hobbies in Staten Island in 1971. Mary passed away on October 25, 2014, and her husband on April 20, 2016.
John is now the owner/manager of the hobby shop.
According to John, George helped found the club in 1972 and helped countless pilots learn how to fly and to later become instructors. This legacy continued after his death.
“Just before the one-year anniversary of Dad’s death, Gene Gavin (an SIRCM member) approached me and asked if it would be alright if the club dedicated the field in the memory of both Mom and Dad,” John shared. “Gene is one of Dad’s ‘prized students!” [He’s] also a great friend of the family. Of course, I was totally onboard with this wonderful honor.
“So, on April 22, on a cold rainy day, we had the field dedication ceremony. Gene spoke and had so many wonderful things to say about both Mom and Dad. My brother, Robert, was there and spoke about how the members of the club were all our extended family. I feel this way also.”