Melvin Hammond Brown Jr, 65, entered into eternal rest Saturday, April 18 2020, in Waterbury, CT. Born January 29, 1955 in Philadelphia, PA, to Dorothy (McKinney) Rivera and the late Melvin Hammond Brown, Sr, he moved early to West Atco, NJ where he was raised with his beloved grandparents, parents, siblings, and other famliy. This is a community where everyone knew everyone and Melvin was known and beloved by all, from the Jacksons across the street to his class and teammates. He graduated Edgewood HS in 1973 , where he played both basketball and football, then enlisted in the Navy, and was stationed in Alaska. Melvin made his way to CT where he eventually met the love of his life, the late Karen (Malle) Brown. Together they blended their lives and their love and created the family of their children who love and mourn them today.
The middle child of 7, he had a special relationship with each sibling. As a father and grandfather he made sure each child knew they were loved and supported. He was an attentive son, uncle, nephew, brother and friend. He was not one to shy away from his opinion and would, in a loving way, always let you know where he stood. Melvin had a personality and a laugh that was larger than life. And though he has lived many places his favorite to be was always his own home, seconded by the homes of his loved ones. He loved to have a good time, whether dancing or eating a good meal, spending time with his grandchildren or at a party. He brought the good time with him. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles Fan and his passion for them felt contagious. He will be missed by so many.
In addition to this father and wife, he was predeceased by his granddaughter, Chloe; his step father, Luis Rivera and his siblings, Steven McKinney and Valerie McKinney.
In addition to his mother, Melvin is survived by his children, Theresa Stokes, Tamara Brown, Jermaine Kee, Alexandria Kee Brown, Kevin Lockwood, Michael Lockwood and Alicia Lockwood; his siblings, Gregory McKinney, Roger Brown, Cheryl Rivera and Tony Rivera; his grandchildren, Sam, Jade, Mason, Elijah, Arayla and Ava, his aunt and uncle Barbara and Ronald Booth, many nieces and nephews and a host of extended family and friends.