James I. Brown, contractor who was active in Catholic Charities and the March of Dimes, dies

A memorial service for James I. Brown, a salesman at the Baltimore Brick Co. who later had his own building firm, will be held Sunday at the Mercy High School.

Mr. Brown died of heart failure Jan. 9 at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. He was 92 and had lived in Cedarcroft.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Orkney Road in Govans, he was the son of Joseph A. Brown, president of the Baltimore Brick Co., and his wife, Irene.

He attended St. Mary’s School and was a 1943 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School.

Family members said he enlisted in the Army Air Forces at age 17 years, 9 months. An aviation cadet, he was trained in gunnery, and was appointed bandmaster — he played clarinet and saxophone.

After his military service he attended the University of Chattanooga.

He became a sales manager at Baltimore Brick Co. in the 1950s, then founded his own firm, Bimini Builders, and did renovation work throughout Baltimore. He renovated 19th-century homes in Ridgely’s Delight, among other neighborhoods. He won Maryland Improvement Contractors Association awards in the 1980s and 1990s.

Mr. Brown was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 51 years. He belonged to the Baltimore Jaycees from 1951 to 1961 and won its Key Man Award.

He was a co-founder of Mercy High School Fathers’ Club.

He was active in Catholic Charities and the March of Dimes. He played golf until late last year at the Sparrows Point Country Club.

The service Sunday will take place at 1 p.m. in the Mercy High auditorium, 1300 E. Northern Parkway.

His wife of 53 years, Patricia McCann, died in 2001. Survivors include two sons, James I. Brown Jr. and David M. Brown, both of Baltimore; four daughters, Susan Will of Monkton, Mary Pat Summers of Towson, Anne Egan of Annapolis and Teresa “Traci” Barrett of Ruxton; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

--Jacques Kelly

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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