WESTFIELD - C. Wellman Brown, affectionately known as Bill, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 29, 2012.
He leaves his widow, Bettina Metz Brown, and three daughters, Melissa, Heather, and Fredricka.
Bill was born in Ohio on Aug. 24, 1926, but he grew up in Westfield where his heart remained throughout his life. He left Westfield to attend Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., and after graduating with his Bachelor's in English, he moved to Buffalo, N.Y. There he courted Bettina and they married in 1955.
C. Wellman Brown
After securing a position with the financial consultants, Marts and Lundy, Bill and Tina moved to Madison, N.J., and began their family. Bill traveled throughout the United States as a consultant for non-profit organizations, while Tina taught and then became a stay-at-home mother to their three young daughters. As Bill traveled more, the couple decided returning to Westfield would provide a safe and stable home environment away from the chaos of the big city.
In 1970, 90 South Portage Street became Bill's sanctuary away from the cares of the world. He spent hours tooling around on his tractor, wearing his baggy jeans, joking that he looked like a potato on toothpicks, and then going in for dinner around the table that he had made, with the dogs and cats finding ways to join in the dinnertime conversation.
In the early 1980's, Nelson Rockefeller made Bill an offer he couldn't refuse to become the Director of Development at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine on Long Island, N.Y. After having traveled so far for so long, it was a relief for Bill to be located in one location. He chose to keep the family in Westfield, though, because that was the only place truly felt like home to him. Bill commuted every week to the city and then returned to his solace, his home and family on weekends.
In retirement, Bill and Tina, and of course the dogs and cats, moved to 41 Spring Street. Bill could still be seen on his tractor or walking the dogs, and writing short stories for the family. Always an admirer of Hemingway, Bill's stories wove the complications of his New York life in with the seemingly simpler life of the small town that he cherished. Bill also wrote some non-fiction and was working on a "tome" on the US constitution when he passed.
Genial, unassuming and encouraging, Bill will be missed by his family and friends. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a future date.