Dr. Roy H. Brown, the father of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, died in hospice care in Huntington, N.Y. Thursday. He was 89.

Dr. Brown, who battled cancer over the past four months, was surrounded by his wife, Lilly, his children and his family.

Lt. Gov. Brown issued a statement Thursday evening, saying:

"My father was a man who led by example. He rose out of poverty in Kingston, Jamaica and overcame incredible odds to become a doctor. As a loving husband and father, he worked tirelessly to provide every opportunity for his children. As a family physician, he donated his services to countless people in need of care. He always put others first. That is the essence of who my father was and how he lived his life.

"My father taught each of us that it is our responsibility in life to serve our community; to help others before helping ourselves. I can't think of a greater legacy than the lessons of commitment to family and service to the community that he instilled in me.

"I love him very much and I commit myself to a life that will honor his memory."

Brown, who is seeking the Democratic candidacy for governor, departed Annapolis on Tuesday to be with his family in New York after Dr. Brown was moved from a hospital.

A visitation for family and friends will be held Monday, and a funeral mass will be held Tuesday. Both services will be held in Huntington.

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