Theodore Neal Brown of Kennett Square

Theodore Neal Brown, 85, of Kennett Square, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Brandywine Living at Longwood in Kennett Square.  He was the husband of Rose Marie (Daidone) Brown, with whom he shared 43 years of marriage.

Theodore Neal Brown

Born in York, he was the son of the late Arthur Brown and the late Mabel Love Brown.

Ted was a proud graduate from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics.  While there he was a member of the university crew team and spent many early morning hours on boathouse row.  Following his graduation, he served our country in the U.S. Army.

He began his career in the retail industry and worked for Sears Roebuck & Co. for 20-plus years.  Over time he became a store manager and then district manager.  With a young family, and in an effort to help others and have more control over his career and schedule, he made a mid-career change to become a certified financial planner.  He began this new phase of his career working for Janney Montgomery Scott, and later also worked for RBC Dain Raucher and Wells Fargo, before retiring in the early 2000s.

Ted loved meeting and connecting with people, and genuinely wanted the people around him to succeed.  Conversation with him was easy, and he was just as comfortable talking about something deeply personal as he was discussing a technical matter.  Although he was tall and had a deep booming voice (he used to love to sing with that deep voice), he was completely approachable and disarming and people were comfortable opening up to him.

He was quite active in the local community where he lived.  He was a member of the Rotary Club and was a Mason.  He was also active with the Toms River Basketball Association (TRBA), where he used sports as a way to teach life lessons.

He enjoyed nature, studying the financial markets, and spending time with his friends. Perhaps most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and cheering for his two grandsons while they competed in sports.

In addition to his wife Rose, he is survived by his son Christopher Brown (Jamie) of Kennett Square, grandsons Ryan and Dylan, and his brother Fred.

You are invited to visit with Ted’s family and friends from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at the Episcopal Church of the Advent 401 N. Union St. Kennett Square, PA 19348.  A Catholic graveside service will follow at Union Hill Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made here in recognition of the caring and compassionate staff of Brandywine Living at Longwood.

Arrangements are by Matthew Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (1800-FUNERAL).  To view his online obituary, please visit

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