April 12th 2016

Family, friends, union officials and MM&P headquarters and Plan Office staff said good-bye Friday to Captain Timothy A. Brown at a funeral mass in Linthicum Heights, MD. Ships in the MM&P fleet rang eight bells in honor of Captain Brown, who led the Masters, Mates & Pilots as International President for 21 years before retiring at the end of 2012.

“We remember Tim for his quick and fertile mind and for his grace under pressure,” said MM&P President Don Marcus, who delivered the eulogy. “He defended the health and pension benefits of MM&P members and he was an advocate for decent health care and pension benefits for all Americans.”

“Brother Tim was a personal friend/advisor and a person that I had a great deal of respect for,” said Captain Bob Ramsey, master of the MV MATSON KODIAK, one of the ships that commemorated the end of Captain Brown’s watch by ringing eight bells. “He will be missed.”

“Tim always had a kind thought or remembrance for the families of others,” Marcus said. “He was forgiving and understanding of human frailty, and never without compassion for a mariner who was down on his or her luck. He also had a unique ability to turn yesterday’s opponent into today’s friend.”

Contributions in memory of Captain Brown can be made to the USMMA Alumni Fund ( and the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals