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Bernice R. (Reynolds) Brown

January 16, 1938 ~ December 30, 2020 (age 82)


Bernice “Bernie” (Reynolds) Brown, 82, of Scituate passed away peacefully, after a brief battle with cancer, on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Pat Roche Hospice Home with family by her side, just shy of her 83rd birthday.  She was born on January 16, 1938 to Stephen and Catherine Reynolds of Waltham. 

The beloved wife of Donald Brown for 39 years, Bernie raised three loving children: Will Brown, Beth (Brown) Lewis and Thea (Brown) Zaver.  She cherished the time sailing with her family, watching ballet and gymnastics recitals, and inspired a love for reading and education that still thrives in her children today. 

Bernie graduated from St. Charles High School in 1955 and Bridgewater State College in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts. She held many jobs throughout her life, but was most proud of her service as the Scituate Town Clerk. She faithfully served the people of Scituate from 2003 to 2012. Outside of her time in public office, she was a passionate volunteer to many activities in Scituate, including the Scituate Advisory Board, the Scituate Archives, League of Women Voters and the Friends of the Scituate Town Library. 

She is survived by her sisters Eleanor Devlin, Patty McKinnon and Cathy Bacon, her children and their spouses Susan Brown, Perry Lewis and Greg Zaver, and her six grandchildren Maureen Roberts, Christopher Phillips, Gillian Brown, Catherine Brown, Jeff Lewis and Schyler (Lewis) Berlin. She is predeceased by her husband Don, brothers John and Joe Reynolds, and sisters Marion and Jean Reynolds, Barbara Donovan, and Anne Skehan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 10 am in St. Mary of the Nativity Church, Scituate Harbor, MA. Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Monday, January 11, 2021 from 5-7 pm in McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home, 1 Summer St. (across from St. Anthony Church), Cohasset MA. 02025. COVID guidelines of masks, capacity and social distancing will apply. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bernice Brown can be made to The Pat Roche Hospice Home, NVNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA 02061.  Online donations can be made at and designated to The Pat Roche Hospice Home. To Register to attend the visitation and Mass please see below.

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January 11, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home
160 South Main Street, P.O. BOX 431 (actual 1 Summer St.)
Cohasset, MA 02025

Please note

Family and friends are invited to RSVP to this service. Please note that social distancing and masks will be required, even in line. We respectfully ask that during the visitation, guests do the best they can to refrain from physical contact with others in order to maintain safety of guests and family. The funeral home will do the best it can to make sure everyone sees the family. In order to do this, it is requested that visits be short, so that others may be allowed time.

Mass of Christian Burial
January 12, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Mary of the Nativity
1 Kent St.
Scituate, Massachusetts 02066

Please note

Attendance is limited to a maximum of 100 people. Family and friends planning to attend are kindly requested to RSVP to reserve their place. Masks are required. Seating is very limited.

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