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Photos: A song of remembrance for Thetford’s Elmer Brown

  • One Mode of Expression, a barbershop quartet made up of members, from left, Brent Scudder, Frank Gould, Steve Flanders and Joe Tofel, perform at a dedication ceremony for a bench in memory of Elmer Brown, a long-time member of the group, at Thetford Elementary in Thetford, Vt., Tuesday, July 14, 2021. Over 100 people attended the event to remember Brown, who died in 2019, which also included a Marine honor guard and music from two more acapella groups from the Hanover chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • When Elmer Brown died in 2019, Steve Flanders, of Norwich, stepped in to sing bass in Brown's barbershop quartet, One Mode of Expression. Flanders holds Brown's straw hat, which he now wears during the quartet's performances, after the dedication of a bench for Brown in Thetford, Vt., Tuesday, July 14, 2021. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. valley news photographs — James M. Patterson

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    Kevin Brown, of North Thetford, left, sits with his mother Bertha Brown, 94, on a bench dedicatd to his father Elmer Brown in front of Thetford Elementary, in Thetford, Vt., Tuesday, July 14, 2021. The Hanover, NH Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, founded by Brown, purchased and installed the bench with almost $2,000 in donations made after Brown's death in 2019. "This was his life for 40 years," said Kevin Brown. "He just lived barbershop." (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Published: 7/15/2021 9:57:24 PM
Modified: 7/15/2021 9:57:29 PM

Barbershop music rang out at a dedication ceremony for a bench in memory of Elmer Brown, who loomed large in the Thetford community before his death in 2019. Over 100 people turned out to the Thetford Elementary School event honoring Brown, who worked in nurseries around the country before establishing E.C. Browns’ Nursery in Thetford in 1967. He also served as a captain and assistant chief of the Thetford Volunteer Fire Department and as a trustee of Thetford Academy and the Timothy Frost Church. Brown was also a founding member of the North Country Chordsmen and a longtime member of One Mode of Expression, which performed at the ceremony.




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