Jim Brown (1914-2014) centenarian gym teacher

With genuine sadness we learn of the death of Jim Brown, Stockton’s 100-year-old gym teacher. Obviously a special guy.

According to Brown’s friend, Sharon Fry, Brown passed away at O’Connor Woods last night in his sleep from pancreatic cancer diagnosed just before New Year’s.

Brown was “Fantastic,” Fry said. “Just an all-’round guy. Always willing to help out without having to be asked to do so. Somebody you could depend on to be ther on a rainy day. It was a pleasure to be included in his family circle.”

I did a couple columns on Brown. When I learned of the existence of a 98-year-old gym teacher, I couldn’t quite bring myself to believe I could wait until he turned 100. So I did one.

But he did turn 100. I wrote another.

Brown was always open-hearted, laughing, smiling; an exemplar of what a positive attitude does for longevity. Not a bad exhibit in the case for physical fitness, either. He outlived Jack LaLanne by four years.


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