Shawn Brown

Shawn Brown

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Shawn Richard Brown, age 45, of Centre Crest Nursing Home in Bellefonte, and formerly of Philipsburg, went to his eternal home with Jesus on Saturday, November 14, 2020. He was also welcomed by his mother, Patricia Brown who preceded him in death on October 26, 2019. Shawn was one of God’s special children. He was born on April 2, 1975 and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at an early age. He loved everyone and was the undesignated greeter at Centre Crest. He was a graduate of West Branch High School and was a collector of many NASCAR and matchbox cars. He was also an avid player of PlayStation games. He was Heaven’s Special Child.
A meeting was held quite far from earth-It’s time again for another birth. Said the Angels to the Lord above-This special child will need much love. His progress may seem very slow and he’ll require extra care-Accomplishments he may not show from the folks he meets, way down there. He may not run or laugh or play-His thoughts may seem quite far away. In many ways he won’t adapt-And he’ll be known as handicapped. So let’s be careful where he’s sent-We want his life to be content. Please, Lord, find the family who-Will do a special job for you. They will not realize right away-The leading role they’re asked to play. But with this child sent from above-Comes stronger faith and richer love. And soon they’ll know the privilege given-In caring for this gift from Heaven. Their precious charge so meek and mild-Is Heaven’s very special child! ~Toni Kane
Shawn is survived by his father David R. Brown Sr. of Philipsburg, a sister Carrie L. Brown of Houtzdale and two brothers David R. Brown Jr. and wife Kathy of Parsonville and Timothy E. Brown of San Antonio, TX. He is also survived by nieces Denae (Joe) Vigilante and family of Madera, Chelsey (Cory) McCully and family of Osceola Mills, Megan Williams of Burnside, Madison Kipp of Houtzdale and Nessa and Olivia Brown of Sandy Ridge. Shawn was preceded in death by his mother Patty, paternal grandparents Richard and Maude Brown of Philipsburg and maternal grandparents Ai and Viola Teats of Pottersdale. All services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Shawn’s memory may be made to Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation, 142 West 57th Street, Floor 11, New York, NY 10019 or online at Arrangements are under the care of the Dahlgren-Spewock Funeral Home, Inc., 228 N. Centre St. Philipsburg, PA 16866. Online condolences to the family may be made at
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Ron Bracken

Posted at 01:11pm
I was so saddened to learn of shawn's passing. I'll always remember his smile and his friendly greeting of "Hi Ron, how are you ron?" He had such a sweet personality. That's what I'll miss most about him. He was just a good person.
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Barbara Coudriet

Posted at 01:43pm
Shawn was our greeter. He called me Barbie, so I’d call him Shawnie, I’ll miss him so much. Please know that he was loved by many. We also spoiled him, he was definitely loved. He talked about all of you. He told me and others, that his Mom told him, that when he dies, he will be with her and will be able to walk. Sincerely Barbie Coudriet

Andrea Royer

Posted at 02:13pm
I was one of Shawn's friends and caregivers at Sunny Days. HIs smile, love for life and his friends and that wonderful laugh were so infectious. He loved Lincoln Logs, cars, video games and pretty ladies! I loved that he would come into my office each day to tell me how pretty I looked or to tell me a new joke. He was mischievous and loved to play tricks and jokes on people.... Oh that smile! I'll miss him greatly, but I can only imagine his smile when he saw his mom again. My deepest sympathies to his family, friends and loved ones.

Helene Sheckler

Posted at 05:34pm
I was one of Shawn’s many friends at Centre Crest. I sat with him every day in the dining room where he watched videos about cars on the TV there. He definitely loved cars! I’ll always remember the day he brought his case of matchbox cars from his room to show me, he was so proud of them! Shawn loved everyone and was dearly loved in return. We’ll always remember his laugh when he learned a new joke from the girls in admissions, or the day his best buddy “Derin” spilled his soda. His laughter and joy were infectious at a time when our days could be pretty gloomy. He brought joy to us all. Sincere condolences to his family, and also a grateful “thank you” for sharing Shawn with us. He was indeed a special angel and we’ll never forget him.

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