Daniel C. Brown, who died this week at 93, was a musician, artist, salesman, business executive and community activist in Dix Hills.
“Dan loved his family, his music and his art — and was greatly loved by all who came to know him as a kind, caring, intelligent and, above all, honest man. He will be missed,” said his son, Mike, of upstate Harford.
He said his father died Monday after a long illness.
Brown was born in New York City on July 11, 1923, his son said. The family moved around the Bronx in his early years.
He entered the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan in 1937, shortly after the school was opened by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia during the Depression.
He went on to New York University, where he met his future wife, Marilyn, in biology class.
He joined the Navy in 1944 and was being trained as a Japanese interpreter when the war ended in 1945.
After the Navy, he married Marilyn and they eventually settled in New Rochelle.
He received his MBA from Harvard in 1948 and went to work as a furniture sales manager, eventually becoming vice president of Baumritter Furniture, which later became Ethan Allen.
“He said he got tired of telling others how to sell furniture,” so he opened his own furniture store on Route 110 in Farmingdale in 1967 and moved his family to Dix Hills, his son said.
The business had grown to four stores by 1992, when he retired.
He spent his retirement years sculpting, painting, sketching and reading, mainly biographies.
He was also chairman of the Citizens Against the Rest Stop, which fought a state proposal in 2001 to double the size of a rest stop between exits 51 and 52 on the eastbound side of the Long Island Expressway. A modern rest stop opened there this month.
His art became more important in his retirement, his son said. “He won many awards and participated in many different art shows, culminating in a one-man show at the Art League to celebrate ‘Around the World in 90 Years’ in August and September 2013,” his son said.
He is survived by another son, Richard, of Burlington, Connecticut. A funeral service was scheduled for Friday at I.J. Morris in Dix Hills, followed by burial at Mount Golda in Huntington Station.