GENEVIEVE O'HARA BROWNLOW
When our Mom passed away in 1995 the Daily News headline read “Dartmouth Loses
Former First Lady”...it was a most deserved title, but one we are certain she
would have shied away from.
Mom never wanted the spotlight that came with
being the wife of Dartmouth's Mayor ( Dad was Mayor from 1976-1985). We can
recall one time when she and Dad were going to this special dinner and she said
“Danny can we sit at the back of the room”....Dad replied “we can't they are
always there for us no matter how young or old we were. We learned a great deal
about how to treat one another, as well as others in society. In our house
everyone was treated equally and we were taught that was what you did with
others in society.
She felt her role as a homemaker was certainly one of
her choosing. It was Mom who helped us settle our little disputes, passed on
advice and always made certain we were home safely from a school dance or
For Mom (and Dad) her faith was most important and she wanted to
make certain that this instilled in her sons. We can remember getting outfitted
for our altar boy uniforms. Making certain we went to Mass on time and this
presented certain challenges of walking the two plus miles to serve an early
morning church service before we went to school.
She was always our
biggest supporter, no matter if it was a hockey game, a football game and of
course school graduation.