Ed Brown was a beloved member of the Historic Beverly family–volunteer, writer, tour guide, committee member and former trustee–and we miss him very much. We are very grateful to everyone who has submitted a memory of Ed. In the upcoming months, we will publish all the stories we have received. Please scroll below to read some of the many memories.
The day I walked into what was then the Beverly Historical Society to ask about volunteer opportunities, one of the first people I met was Ed Brown. I grew up in Beverly but didn’t know much about the city’s earlier history at the time, and I had never been inside the Cabot House. I was only there at a friend’s suggestion and I am glad I listened to her.
Ed took me on a tour of the building that I was told would be a short overview – an hour and 15 minutes later I knew a lot about the building, much about Beverly’s founding fathers, and how much I liked the kind man who was educating me. That was the day our friendship began.
I started working as a volunteer and, from that day to the last time I saw him, every time Ed and I met he smiled at me and his face lit up, as it did with the many people he enjoyed talking with. I had the privilege of working with Ed on projects that ranged from putting stamps on envelopes to both of us contributing to two books on Beverly history. I learned from him during practically every conversation we had.
To me, Ed and Historic Beverly were one. There is no doubt in my mind that I and those lucky enough to have worked with him there will think of Ed often and miss him terribly.
Rest in peace, Ed … after you catch everybody in heaven up on Beverly’s sports history.
Not only has Historic Beverly lost a cherished treasure, but the world has lost a cherished treasure! In his quiet, smiling, happy, passionate, enthusiastic way he was able to inspire so many people to become lovers of history, as he was a lover of all things historical. Not only did he love the past but he was a believer that every day is a day of history. His eagerness for learning was bottomless. A rare encyclopedia existed in his mind and he continually was adding to and drawing from it. He was a role model for all to aspire to.
One of my happiest memories was having dinner with him at the Balch House Thanksgiving dinner, which I had won. He looked at me with the broadest smile and said he never thought he would have dinner at the Balch House and was thrilled and tickled to be doing so. What a gift it was for Peter and me to have him join us!
The first time I walked into the Historic Beverly archives back in the summer of 2017, i remember Mr. Brown (along with Mieke and Dakota) as being very friendly and welcoming. In fact, as I was paging through the great archival materials that Dakota was hauling out for me, Mr. Brown brought out the published Cabot genealogy and showed me all the Bilbao-related materials to be found there as well. That published volume has proven to be an invaluable resource that I’ve subsequently used quite heavily in its digitized form.
Mr. Brown was a true gentleman and ambassador for Beverly history, and I can only imagine the impact losing such a valuable member of your organizational community be!