A Homegoing Celebration for Mr. Keith Mapletoft Brown, also known as KB, Papa, Pops, Green Man, Brother Brown, and Captain of Tampa, Florida passed on to a higher life on January 23, 2020. His service will be held Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. St. Pater Claver Catholic Church,1203 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602.Father Theo, officiating. The interment will be in Orange Hill Cemetery. Keith was born September 2, 1934 in Kingston, Jamaica to his birth mother, Thelma Carter but was adopted nine days later by Mr. and Mrs. George Buckley. He graduated from Calabar College in Kingston, Jamaica. As a Youngman, he worked for Jamaica Oxygen Company as a medical auxiliary professional where he regulated, calibrated and fine-tuned and tested specialized medical equipment and machines used to examine and evaluate patients with respiratory problems at all the major hospitals throughout the island of Jamaica. He later started his own business offering the same services and became a sought after authority demanded by the hospitals. Keith was a classically trained piano player as a youth. Per his achievement, he won an award for second place to Oswald Russell, a well-known piano player in Jamica at the time. Subsequently, he became an accomplished pianist who played for the Tony Brown’s (no relations) Band at the Bowmouth Gardens in Kingston. In 1970, Keith migrated to the United States of America living in Manhattan, New York and began apprenticing as a plumber with his brother-in-law, Horace Lodge while he worked at the A & P Supermarket warehouse as a manager for the forklift drivers. In 1999, he moved to Tampa, Florida where he worked as a plumber. Here is where he joined and became an active member of the Kings James Lodge 96. His hobbies included being an avid reader of nonfictional books of all subject matters, newspapers and magazines, a connoisseur of classical jazz, ska and reggae music, and an aficionado of gardening. He was an impassioned intellectual and philosopher, always discussing politics, history, the meaning of life and human existence, and Einstein’s theory of relativity. He enjoyed dancing, collecting historical clippings from newspaper articles, playing dominos, watching sports, particularly basketball, tennis, track and field, soccer, and golf. He was the beloved husband to Eulalee Brown for many years and loving father to eight children: Lloyd, Aston, George, Anthony(Attubeey), Annette, Marlene, Sharon and Estralita. He was the proud grandfather to 40 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He is further survived by other relatives and a host of longtime friends around the world. He was known for his humility, kindness, sense of humor, his warm smile, work ethics, generosity, integrity, charm, tenderness, calmness, quietness, and compelling conversations. He will be remembered for his deep love, attachment, affection, and admiration for his wife, his children, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. The visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.
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