Richard Anson Brower

Passed 05/23/2024


Obituary For Richard Anson Brower

Richard “Dick” Anson Brower, a lifelong Staten Islander, passed away on Thursday, May 23rd. He recently celebrated his 91st birthday with family, pizza and many happy smiles.

Richard was the adoring and loving husband of Dorothy Brower for 66 years. Their love story is one for the ages. He was an incredible father to Richard Anson Brower Jr. and Carol Brower and the very proud grandfather of Jacob Anson Brower and Nathaniel Anson Brower.

Richard was the only child of Anson and Hildegarde Brower, both also native Staten Islanders. He was a New Dorp High School graduate and also attended Wagner College. He served in the United States Navy. Upon discharge, Richard had a 33-year career in management with the New York Telephone Company.

Retiring at 57, Richard was free to dedicate more time to his many and varied interests. One of those was his lifelong love of music which he passed on to his wife, his children and his grandchildren. There was never a time without music - from Hank Williams to Opera to Blondie - in the Brower house. At various times, Richard avidly pursued photography, gardening, and collecting memorabilia related to the space program. With his children grown, he and Dorothy found great joy and adventure traveling throughout Europe and North America.
His true masterpiece and labor of love was his creation of an HO gauge model train layout, “Browertown.” His creativity, attention to detail, and an always-present sense of whimsy made Browertown known to model train enthusiasts around the country.

Anyone who knew Richard knew he was a gentle giant with a heart of gold. They also knew he had a terrific sense of humor and an infectious, bellowing laugh.

Richard spent the last several years of his life as a resident of Sunrise of Staten Island assisted living facility. He was loved there by both residents and staff, and quickly became the trivia king of the facility, surprising everyone with his storehouse of obscure facts. Often, his answers surprised no one as much as they did himself.

While Richard greatly missed living at home, he cherished daily visits with his wife, Dorothy. They always found new things to talk about and enjoyed looking at family photos and watching Yankee games, occasionally accompanied by a very dry martini.

They were not only husband and wife…they were best friends.

Visitation services will be held at Hanley Funeral Home from 2:00pm-4:00pm and 7:00pm-9:00pm on Tuesday, May 28th. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Ann’s Church at 10:00am on Wednesday, May 29th.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Richard’s honor can be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

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  • 05/26/2024

    Rich, With great condolences we are sadden by the passing of your father . May God grant you peace during this difficult time. With love Peter & Luis. Miami


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