Honor Donations

This page outlines the donations made in the honor and/or memory of a love one. On behalf of our families, we assure you that the donation will be used to expand the Habitat mission of affordable home ownership. May God comfort you during this time of loss.


Richard Elton "Dick," "REB" Brown, 92, of South Windsor, beloved husband of the late Ann (Homer) Brown, died peacefully on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at The Residence at South Windsor Farms, surrounded by his family. Born on January 27, 1926, in St. Petersburg, FL, to the late Elton Shumway Brown and Josephine (Whiteside) Brown, he was raised and deeply rooted in West Virginia. There Richard's late stepmother, Nina Holt (White) Brown, became his much loved and admired mother. Richard served during WWII with the U.S. Navy and returned to study architecture at the University of Cincinnati on the G.I. Bill. As a young father, Richard moved his family to Connecticut, joining the Aetna home office in Hartford in 1960. A resident of South Windsor for over 55 years, Richard was a member of the Wapping Community Church, whose premises still feature fruits of his renowned handyman skills. Upon retirement, Richard was freed to dedicate time to his grandsons, the Hartford Habitat for Humanity, and his myriad projects and interests. An avid runner who became a passionate and observant walker later in life, Richard remained active in recreational volleyball league into his sixties and enjoyed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. His active lifestyle, keen wit, and often esoteric vocabulary inspired and entertained his family and friends, who looked forward to his precise and neatly handwritten correspondence. Richard was the devoted father of Richard Yonezuka-Brown (wife Anastasia) of Bridgewater, NJ, and Nancy Brown Wentzell (husband John) of Westborough, MA; beloved brother of Benjamin Brown and his late wife Margaret of Hollis, NH, and Robert Brown and his wife Jill of Parrish, FL; and adored grandfather of Peter B. Wentzell of Westborough, MA, and Jack E. Wentzell of Oviedo, FL. Richard was predeceased by his sister, Patricia Kortman. He also cherished his relationships with his many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends from each stage of his life. His family will receive friends on Sunday, August 12, 2018, from 3 – 6 p.m., at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Rd., South Windsor. A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 13, 2018, 11 a.m., at the Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Rd., South Windsor. A private burial will take place at Wapping Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1933, Hartford, CT 06144-1933 or Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Road, South Windsor, CT 06074. Please visit us at www.carmonfuneralhome.com for online condolences and guest book.