James Lloyd At­tilio Brown

De­cem­ber 29, 1953 - Novem­ber 15, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

James Lloyd At­tilio Brown was a lot of things: smart, hu­mor­ous, and thought­ful. Most of all though, he was a base­ball ad­dict-- an ad­dic­tion that lasted a life­time. Base­ball gave him fo­cus, de­ter­mi­na­tion and a crew of best friends.

His clos­est friends fondly re­mem­ber him for his finely tuned mu­si­cal ear, love of bur­gundy, and sto­ry­telling skills- his “big whop­pers.” .Yet, base­ball reigned supreme for them. One friend re­mem­bers tak­ing a cou­ple of bats and 50 base­balls, find­ing an empty field and play­ing base­ball un­til the sun came down. Even­tu­ally, Jim would take on the pas­sion project of manag­ing a hand­ful of lo­cal base­ball teams, al­low­ing him the free­dom and dis­ci­pline to travel across the coun­try for games.

Jim was also a pas­sion­ate writer and tal­ented racon­teur. Sar­casm, satire, par­ody, and irony were the fa­vored venues of his wit. He could of­ten be found in an in­tel­lec­tual tete a tete with life­long friends.

His Ital­ian her­itage was im­por­tant to him. He went on fre­quent trips to Ho­p­land with his ex­tended Ital­ian fam­ily. His par­ents Jim and Linda Brown took the fam­ily on lively trips to Yosemite and Ta­hoe and in­stilled a sense of cul­ture, in­tel­lect, and vi­brancy into Jim’s life.

He leaves be­hind three sis­ters, Vicky, Su­san, and Liza and one brother, Bill. They al­ways looked up to Jim for his smarts, cul­tural taste, and hand­some looks. They share fond mem­o­ries of ri­fling through his beloved record col­lec­tion and him best­ing them at board games.

Jim also leaves be­hind a daugh­ter named Sara Joy who shares Jim’s quick wit and love of sto­ries. He was a good and lov­ing un­cle to his nieces and neph­ews Am­ber, Lena, Carlo, Linda, and Joshua, and Es­ther. He fondly iden­ti­fied the younger of them as “The Mil­len­ni­als”.

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