Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Passing of John Brown

I just wanted to take a moment and say THANK YOU to a man that did a great deal for the Buckeye breed for several decades.  John Brown of Loveland, Ohio is no longer with us as I type this today, he passed away in late February 2019 and his family asked that we respect his privacy as the family mourns their loss.

John helped many Ohio based Buckeye breeders/keeps get their start, in fact, some of my first birds were from John back in 2000 that I picked up at a poultry show in southern Ohio.  Those that knew John personally know he was an "old school" poultry keeper and it often took some time for you to gain his trust because he had been burned a time or two over the years.  John had a good eye for Buckeyes, both large fowl and bantam varieties plus he enjoyed helping others.

Although John and I both lived in SW Ohio we were more casual acquaintances than close friends. We often ran into one another from time to time at various poultry shows, flea markets or swap meets (livestock sales).  What I will remember most about John is he always had a smile on his face, at least every time I bumped into him, and didn't mind giving you his opinion about the Buckeyes in the show pens!  He loved all poultry and had a passion for a number of breeds but the Buckeye held a special place in his heart.

God speed fellow Buckeye man and rest in peace John Brown, while we continue the Buckeye tradition here on earth!