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Mankind, down through the ages has come the cry for knowledge and more knowledge. Around us, everything is changing and nothing seems permanent and fixed. The mountains crumble away, the rivers dry up in the Sahara Desert, and cease to flow, islands sink and new seas are formed. The great oaks, in all their majesty must succumb to transition, to change, or death. Man goes on his way and crosses the borderline into the unknown and seems to end his existence in the twinkling of an eye. Is there any part of man, therefore, or any part of nature, that is immortal, unchanging permanent and conditional? Still, there was always the quest for knowledge and the desire for answers to problems unsolved. Why are we here? Who are we? Whence have we come? And where do we go? Is this personality of ours, this individuality which we strive to build up through idealism and the elimination of undesirable traits, merely a temporary or imaginary creation of us ?

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Mr. Sam Brown, was a strong supporter of His Excellency, President Joseph N. Boakai, President of the Republic of Liberia

Sam Gehyarlee Browne, made his transition on May 20, 2024, at the Mass General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts .

He was born on November 09, 1968, to Gormah & Korpou Gahyarlee, raised in Harbel , Margibi County- Liberia . His parents were Esther and Joseph Browne. He grew up in a neighborhood of interconnected family and kinsmen, which led to his deep value for family and family ties. As it is said, “It takes a village to raise a child”

He started his primary education at the Harbel Public School in Firestone, Margibi County in 1977. Upon completing his elementary education, he matriculated to the Booker Washington Institute in Kakata to complete his Junior and Senior High School Education in 1985. Later, he enrolled at the Nathan E. Gibson High School in Monrovia in the quest to sit for the West African Exams since he had the anticipation of enrolling at the University of Liberia from there, he completed his secondary education in 1989.

Upon graduation, the Civil War erupted, which resulting into the closure of all universities. He engaged in business activities, served as the Secretary for refugees in Guinean helping to unite them with their families in Liberia. In 2002, he moved back to Liberia and enrolled at the University of Liberia for a semester but had to drop out due to continuous closure. Sam Travel to the USA and landed in the State of RI in 2005 and started his educational journey at new. He obtained certificates in Computer and Accounting courses at the International Institute but was never satisfied. In 2011 he enrolled at the CCRI and obtained an AA Degree in Accounting in 2013. His interest grew bigger, so he enrolled at the RI College in 2014 later walking the stage proudly with a BSc., in Accounting and Auditing in 2017. Education became a pivotal part of Sam’s life, and his quest was never filled. He went on to attend the Johnson and Wales University and again came out shining in 2020, with Master’s Degree in Business Administration & Accounting.

He was an astute Accountant, an auditor, and an Associate Member, of the Certified Fraud Examination (CFE), Rhode Island Charter. Sam was a dedicated and detail-oriented administrator, with over ten years of experience in financial analysis, risk assessment, compliance, and auditing.

He served in several positions both in the private and public sectors in Liberia and the United States of America. He served as Financial Analyst at PNC Bank in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He was also a Tax Consultant at the International Institute, Internal Revenue Service, USA; Tax Preparer at US Tax Service in Rhode Island; Tax Audit Associate, Investment Asset Servicing, Westborough, MA.

Sam was a gentle soul, a Christian believer, a loving husband, caring father, family oriented, friend to many and very hard working. He always showed gratitude and had a smile and conversational charisma that impacted the lives of those who had the opportunity to meet him when he engaged in conversations. He was kind, respectful and always willing to lend a hand. He enjoyed watching sports and listening to CNN. The Boston Celtics was his favorite NFL Team, He also loved to read and participate in community development activities. He was a Teacher in the Providence School Department where he shared his knowledge, Sam was an astute accountant and education was very pivotal in his household. He was hopeful about the future and was looking forward to doing lot more prior to his demise.

Sam G. Browne leaves to mourn and cherish his memory, his beautiful, loving, and caring wife Mrs. Precillar Gbolor Browne, his children, Sam Bush, Samray Gehmenie, Elijah Goodwin and adopted son Terrance. His siblings: aunts, uncles, nieces; nephews; cousins; In-laws a host of other relatives; colleagues, and friends in the United States and Liberia. He will be remembered by his strong commitment to his family, his positive energy and love for having good times with family and friends, he will be sorely missed. His memory will forever be in our hearts.


Wake Keeping: Friday, June 21, 2024

6:00pm-9pm, a Woodlawn Baptist Church, 337 Lonsdale Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860

Funeral Service: Saturday, June 22, 2024

10:00AM -12:00 Noon at Woodlawn Baptist Church, 337 Lonsdale Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860

Interment: Immediately after the Funeral Service , Swan Point Cemetery , at 585 Blackstone Blvd, Providence, RI 02906


The Armenian Hall

70 Jefferson Street- Providence RI 02908

  Contact Information:

Precillar Gbolor Browne- Wife —-  401-288-7941

Rebecca Dine-Nyeswa————-   401-617-6263

Sam Bush Browne  —————— 401-428-9726

Mapu T. McCauley——————-401-359-1001

Melvin Datu Howard—————-401-6332887

Johnny Shawoo  ——————    401-359-5523

The Wake and Funeral Service will be livestreamed on the Liberia Public Radio online platform Facebook.


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Mr. Brown & Mrs. Brown and their children


Let me close with the following eulogy verse:

“Nature, it seems stands on its head

When you mourn the loss of a great man

Today we remember his life with us

                                                          The years of laughter and fun                                                        ,

We’re thinking of all the times that we shared

And though we are bowed with grief

Today we celebrate the great man we once had

Because it is our firm belief

That his life enriched us in so many ways

Brought sunshine and happiness into our days

And though we are heartbroken and very sad

Today we admit that we’re also glad

That we had him, if only for too short a while

Not yet but sometimes, we’ll remember and smile.”

(by Author Unknown)

Rest in peace, Sam Gehyarlee Brown. Farewell, great Liberian progressive. Sleep and take your rest till we meet again.


The Author

: A person in a tie sitting at a desk Description automatically generated with low confidence Mr. Edmund Zar-Zar Bargblor is an Educator. He is a graduate of Cottington University, Liberia; Howard University Washington, D.C, and Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. He is a former President of the African Catholic Community of Rhode Island and Former Grand Knight of Council 73, Knights of Columbus, Former Deputy Managing Director of the National Port Authority of Liberia, NPA. He is a graduate of Bishop Carroll High School, Liberia.

The author is grateful to Madame Rebecca Dine-Nyeswa, and Mrs. Precillar Gbolor Brown, (wife of the deceased) , for providing relevant information, that helped for the successful completion of this Tribute. The author can be contacted at: [email protected]


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