Robert F. Brown Sr., a retired CSX assistant superintendent and part-time funeral home attendant, died Saturday at Stella Maris Hospice of complications of esophageal cancer. He was 87.
The son of Charles Brown, a shoe salesman, and Marie Brown, a homemaker, Robert Francis Brown Sr. was born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville.
He was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute and began his railroad career when he was 16 as a messenger for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, where he delivered messages from Mount Clare and Camden yards to the old Union Stockyards in Southwest Baltimore.
In 1945, he was drafted into the Army Air Forces and served for two years in Okinawa,...