Leroy Brown, pillar of Bolingbrook, passes at 73

From April 2017, Bolingbrook Deputy Mayor Leroy Brown presents Carlos Affonso d’Albuquerque, Global CEO at Valid S.A. with the Chamber of Commerce membership plaque.

Clarification: 11/13/17, 12:55 p.m.

The Bugle was erroneous in listing their children. Leroy and Pat Brown are the parents of three sons: Gregory, Leroy Jr and Jeffrey. We regret this error.

The Village of Bolingbrook is saddened by the unexpected passing of Deputy Mayor Leroy Brown Sr. on Tuesday, October 31.

Brown, a Bolingbrook resident since 1976, is a well-known figure in the village.

According to the village’s website from 1976 to 2017, he served as president of the Indian Oaks Condo Association. From 1990 through 1993, he served as a Fire and Police Board Commissioner. From 1993 to 2000, he served on the Village Board of Trustees. From 2000 until 2017, he also served as deputy mayor. He was also active in several community organizations including the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Boy Scouts of America. Brown founded the annual Bolingbrook Joyfest in addition to starting Bridging the Gap that aired on Bolingbrook Community Television from 1996 through 2017.

He was the safety coordinator for Valley View School District 365u.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend,” said Steve Quigley, president of the VVSD Board of Education. “He was an iconic leader in our district, and our community as a whole. We know we will benefit long into the future from his professional knowledge and leadership, but more importantly, Mr. Brown’s impact on the VVSD community lives on in the safety procedures and protocols he put in place in order to ensure students and staff members have one of their most basic needs met every day- a safe environment in which to learn and work.”

“Leroy Brown is a true pillar of Valley View,” said Dr. James Mitchem, Jr. Valley View Superintendent of Schools. “His expertise and knowledge in safety and security were obviously his biggest professional assets. But, what made Leroy special was his dedication to making sure kids are safe, and his ability to establish personal relationships with our staff. While we mourn the loss of our friend and colleague, we take comfort in knowing Leroy’s impact will carry on into the future.”

Brown was a devout parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Church. Brown was married to wife Pat for 51 years. He and Pat are the parents of three sons – Gregory, Leroy Jr. and Jeffrey – and five grandchildren.

The flags at Bolingbrook’s Village Hall are being flown at half-mast in his honor.

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