Michael James Brown

October 13, 1941 - April 15, 2020

Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Michael J. Brown, a Cape Coral, Florida resident. A lifelong businessman who often referred to himself as “a feed man” died unexpectedly on April 15th, 2020 from a sudden cardiac event at the age of 78.  

Michael was born in Cortland, New York on October 13th, 1941 to Esther and James Brown. He graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Accounting. He followed in his grandfathers’ footsteps, building a custom feed mill and eventually expanding into three other companies. He was known for his generosity and compassion.

Michael had a love for boating, traveling, cooking, skiing, and exercising. He was an Eagle Scout in his younger years and found a sense of community as volunteer firefighter.

Michael will be reunited with his Mother, Father and beautiful angel Angela.

He is survived by his life partner, Leslie; brothers, William his wife Janice, Patrick his wife Phyllis and Douglas his wife Jean; his second wife, Carole; their three children, Shylah, David, his wife Dianne and daughter Robyn. His first wife, Dianne and their three children, Dana, his wife Louisa, Taira and her husband Tom, Megan and her husband Stuart. He will be missed by his loving grandchildren, Brittni, Jon-Taylor, Payton, Jessica, Cody, Jacob, Tianna, Kendall, Caitlin, Cory, and Sarah.

A Memorial Service will be held in Cortland, New York that date to be announced when appropriate  The family would also suggest in lieu of flowers please make a donation to a foundation that is close to your heart, or the Alzheimer foundation.
Good Bless.  

Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Catharine Van Dorn Apr 21, 2020 at 3:27 am

    Mike memories live on in the people he met. enjoyed his stories, bring some laughter to different situation. My prayer goes out to the families he dearly loved and his partner Les. I remember taking Mike for an adventure diving from his yacht. Only problem was he couldn’t see without his glasses.

  2. Stuart Strickland Apr 21, 2020 at 11:40 am

    I enjoyed our conversations and was amazed how much we had in common. From being a Firefighter to spending time on the ocean and sadly losing a child. RIP and may our father welcome you home

  3. Clint Young Apr 23, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Enjoyed my conversations with Mike back many years ago in the feed days.
    A good competitor and friend.
    My sympathies to his family.

  4. John Newton Apr 24, 2020 at 9:49 am

    My sincere sympathy goes out to all of Mike’s family and loved ones at this very difficult time. Mike was the first friend I had when my family returned to Homer many years ago as we started kindergarten together. Mike’s mom and mine were friends and with them living just a short distance from us it was easy for us to go back and forth. We both joined the Homer Congregational Church in the same confirmation class and were active in Sunday School and youth fellowship over the years. We lost touch after high school until we reconnected when his first wife, Dianne, and my wife worked together as nurses at the Cortland Hospital, and through the devastating loss of their home to a fire. The last time I saw Mike was at a Autism support fundraiser Louisa and my daughter coordinated at the Cortland Sports Complex. Mike was one of the good guys, and he’ll be missed.

  5. Melissa Fox Apr 24, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Dana and family-
    So sorry to read of your dad’s death. Your family was so good to us after Allan’s accident so many years ago. I have only fond memories of Mike. Take comfort in all of your memories of times together. Love and peace to you all.
    Melissa Brown Fox

  6. Linda FRAGNOLI Scofield Apr 26, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    The Frog Fragnoli Family sending prayers to the Michael Brown Family !

  7. Rita Harper Aug 4, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    I was very sad to hear of Mike’s passing. I loved Michael. He was one of the good guys. Rest In Peace, Michael.

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