Retired Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P) President Tim Brown passed away April 10 at the age of 73.
The Cleveland native joined the MM&P in 1965. He worked his way up the ladder, becoming a master in 1983 on the Sea-Land Consumer. He was elected president of his union in 1991 and served six terms before retiring January 1, 2013. He received the Admiral of the Ocean Seas (AOTOS) Award in 2002.
Capt. Brown was a regular at Seafarers International Union of North America conventions and Maritime Trades Department executive board meetings during his tenure as the head of the MM&P.
“Tim worked hard for his members,” recalled SIU President Michael Sacco. “We will miss his leadership and friendship.”
Don Marcus, current president of the MM&P, stated, “Tim had a great and generous heart and it was always with our brothers and sisters who were working aboard ship. He preserved the livelihoods, working conditions and benefits for our members, pensioners and their families. He worked with particular dedication to enhance health care benefits for everyone covered under the MM&P Health & Benefit plans.
“Tim brought stability and respect to our organization,” Marcus added. “His achievements have laid a foundation of unity and professionalism on which the membership of our union can build going forward. We are so proud of what Tim gave to our brothers and our sisters, proud of what he achieved for the industry.”
The union described Brown as “a mentor to younger mariners and a father figure to MM&P and Plan Office staff,” adding that he “never forgot to send greetings and sometimes a gift on holidays and birthdays.”