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NEWPORT - Donald K. Brawn 77 retired Chief of the Newport Fire Dept died unexpectedly Oct. 27, 2005 at a Pittsfield hospital. Don was born in Newport Aug. 27, 1928 the son of Harvard and Thelma (Sheridan) Brawn. He was educated in Newport Schools. He married Eudora Frazier in Newport April 20, 1946. Don worked for the Town of Newport Highway Dept for several years, Dexter Shoe Co as a hand sewer for several years. He then was hired by Maine Water Co in Newport. Don worked to get his required certifications and became the Superintendent of the Newport Water District when it was purchased by the district and retired in 1997 after 20 years of service. He was a member of the Newport Fire Dept for over 30 years and served as the Chief of the Department for 25 years retiring as an Honorary Chief. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing and camping. He spent many happy days fishing on Wilson Pond with his wife and partner Dody who predeceased him on June 29, 2001.

He is survived by his daughter Barbara L. Webber of Detroit, six grandchildren Randy McLaggan, Ronald McLaggan and his wife Lisa, Allen Brawn, Darren Brawn and his wife Liza, Eric Brawn, Danny Brawn, seven great grandchildren Sean McLaggan, Heather McLaggan, Dylan McLaggan, Taylor McLaggan, Stephanie Emery, Cody Brawn, and Casey Brawn. He will also be remembered by; Sherry Busque, Vicky Gove, Frank Mountain, Mildred Coates, Ralph Elkins, Royce McLaggan, Donald White, Tammy McLaggan, Tammy Bowman, and Jackie Nash. He was predeceased by his son Dennis in 1983 and also his Brother Harvard Jr.

Graveside services with Fire Department Honors will be conducted 1 PM Tuesday Nov. 1, 2005 at Riverside Cemetery Newport with Pastor Al Worden officiating. Friends who wish may make memorial donations to the Newport Cultural Center 23 Water Street Newport, Maine 04953 to help display fire Dept Artifacts. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services 34 High St Newport.

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