Lawrence Brown, 71

Chess Enthusiast
Lawrence Brown, 71

    Lawrence E. Brown, a master wood refinisher, died on Oct. 6 at home in Sag Harbor. He was 71 and had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for more than 20 years, his wife, Gloria D. Brown, said.

    A New York City native, Mr. Brown was a resident of Sag Harbor for the last 23 years. He had retired in 1990, and the restoration of his house became his passion after moving to Sag Harbor full time in 1998. “That’s what he really spent his time doing,” she said.

     After a marriage early in life ended in divorce, he and his wife were married on June 30, 1985, in Manhattan. The couple lived in Greenwich Village and the Chelsea neighborhood until moving to Sag Harbor. A chess enthusiast, he was a familiar face at the chess clubs and tables in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. “Larry was very well known for being one of the chess players,” his wife said. In Sag Harbor, “he enjoyed walking into town, drinking coffee at Java Nation, playing chess, and talking with people,” Mrs. Brown said.

    He was born on Oct.20, 1941, in New York City to Irving Brown and the former Gussie Davis. He grew up in Manhattan and the Bronx, graduating from high school in the latter borough. He lived in Woodstock, N.Y., in the 1970s.

    In addition to his wife, Mr. Brown is survived by five siblings: his sisters, Betty Brown, Elaine Fergus, and Brenda Roberson, all of Dayton, Ohio, another sister, Mary Boyd of Macon, Ga., and a brother, Alvin Boyd of the Bronx.

    The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York 10018, or, or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York 10163-4777, or

    A memorial service is planned for next spring.