Robert J. Brown, Sr., 61, of Wallingford passed away peacefully on Sunday February 5, 2017 at the Yale New Haven Hospital with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Karen Esposito Brown. Robert was born in New Haven on February 7, 1955; son of  Mary Cocchiaro Brown and the late Warren Brown; had worked for Stop & Shop for many years then later was the owner & operator of the Cheshire Package Store for 31 years. Robert coached Wallingford Youth Soccer for many years and basketball for the Wallingford Park & Recreation Department and was a NY Yankee, Boston Celtics and Bruins fan. Father of Robert J. Brown, Jr. and Justin R. Brown. Brother of William (Billie Ann) Brown, Maureen Massa, Kathleen Prendergast, Thomas (Paula) Brown, James (Betsy) Brown, Christopher (Kathleen) Brown, Gerald (Ann) Brown and the late Warren and Laurie Brown. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Saturday morning at 9:15. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in The Most Holy Trinity Church at 10:00. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family in St. John’s Cemetery, Wallingford. The visiting hours will be Friday from 4 to 8 pm. Please kindly omit flowers and make all memorial contributions to the Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven specifically directed to the Thoracic Oncology Translational Research Fund, PO Box 1849, New Haven, CT  06508.