Lt. James M.


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Windham, NH - James M. "Jim" Brown, 69, of Windham, N.H., passed away Friday, March 8, 2019, at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, after a brief illness. Jim was born September 30, 1949, in Windham and was a son of the late James A. Brown, the first Fire Chief and Police Chief in Windham, and Hazel (Brown) Brown. He was a lifelong resident of Windham and a graduate of Pinkerton Academy.
Jim was a 48-year veteran of the Windham Fire Department, which is a New Hampshire state record for continuous service in a single department, retiring from service on his birthday in 2015. He was a graduate of the first NH EMT accreditation course and served as a Lieutenant, Fire Warden and EMT for the town of Windham for many years. In his younger years, Jim was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and motorcycling. His true passion was fund raising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, where he coordinated the local "Fill-The-Boot" drive, annual "chili cook-off" event and the Common Man Firefighter Charity Breakfast.
Members of the family include his loving wife of eight years, Doreen J. Demone; sister, Eleanor March; brother, also retired from Windham Fire Department, William "Bill" Brown, and sister Betty Boutin. He leaves behind two children; and several grandchildren; a niece Kelly and nephews, Sean, Billy and Bobby; and several great-nephews. He also leaves behind his beloved firefighter "brothers," Daniel J. Donovan (retired Salem Fire Department) and Robert Edwards (retired Nashua Fire Department). Jim was predeceased by nephews, Michael P. Brown and Shane Devaney; and his beloved Dalmatian "Brandy."
Calling hours will be held Thursday, March 14, 2019, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry, New Hampshire. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 12 p.m., at St. Matthews Catholic Church, 2 Searles Rd., Windham, NH. The burial will follow at Cemetery on the Plains, Ministerial Road, Windham, NH. Donations in his memory may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 161 North Clark, suite 3550, Chicago, IL. 60601. To send a condolence to the family, please visit
Published on March 13, 2019
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