CaribWorldNews, MIAMI, FL, Weds. Feb. 16, 2010: The Jamaican immigrant who made history by becoming the first black mayor to serve in Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, is set to be laid to rest following a funeral service this Friday.
Samuel S. Brown, 87, who died on Saturday, Feb. 13th after he complained of chest pains, is set to be laid to rest following an 11 a.m. service at the Ascension Peace Presbyterian Church, 2701 N State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes in South Florida.
Brown was first elected by popular vote and served Lauderdale Lakes from 1998 until 2008. He was born in St. Mary, Jamaica and studied theology before later moving to New York, where he worked as a graphic artist and taught special education.
He later moved to Lauderdale Lakes and in 1998 ran for office and defeated Alfonso Gereffi who had served as mayor for 18 years.
`We are deeply saddened at Mayor`s Brown`s passing, as he served as both a mentor and friend to myself and for many of the elected officials in Lauderdale Lakes — both current and those who have gone before us,` said current Lauderdale Lakes Mayor Barrington Russell Sr. said in a statement. `His legacy speaks to his dedication and commitment to the city and the residents that he served.`
He will live on in the City of Lauderdale Lakes` Samuel S. Brown Scholarship Fundm which provides senior high school and college students residing in the City with economic assistance for educational opportunities. Brown was a passionate supporter of higher education and the scholarship is funded and awarded annually at the Commission`s discretion.