b'MEMBERNEWS: OBITUARIESR. Edwin BrownWhites FerryEdward F. VerzellaBen Franklin YachtsOn June 17, Ed Verzella, 60, passed away unexpect-edly from an accident. He was the proud Philadelphia business owner of Ben Franklin Yachts. My father spent every summer of his childhood down on the shore, his son, Eddie recalled. From a young age, he worked on fishing boats and eventually owned fishing boats in Cape May, NJ.After marrying his wife, Mary Jo, and starting a family, Ed got started in the passenger vessel industry. In 1994, Dad opened his first passenger vessel operation named Holiday Boat Tours in Philadelphia. Eddie said. In the mid 2000s, he parlayed his success into acquiring his first boat made out of steel, the Ben Franklin yacht, sailing out of Penns Landing in Philadelphia.For the past 11 years, father and son ran Ben Franklin Yachts as a successful tour/nightlife boat operation in Philadelphia.Ed Brown, long-time owner of Whites Eddie said, My fathers favorite thing aboutFerry in Poolesville, MD, passed away operating a passenger vessel was the opportunity itat home on January 26. He was 99 years provided to interact and help other people. His charityold. Brown was a lawyer who practiced extended to people from all walks of life including thelaw from 1941 to 2019, and acquired homeless, and people who suffer from drug addiction.Whites Ferry in 1946. He was a World He was a provider of comfort and happiness to manyWar II veteran and a husband to his wife, people. People from all backgrounds always gravitatedWinsome, for 73 years. to him because of his boat knowledge and charisma. A local paper, the Monocacy Monocle Verzella is survived by his mother, Gertrude, wifereported that Browns, most heralded Mary Jo, and children Kathleen, Eddie and Megan,accomplishment of so many was the along with his siblings Joann, Joseph, John, Louis,purchase and restoration of the abandoned James and Jeffrey. n historic Whites Ferry in 1946, the last of many ferries in Maryland, operating it for the convenience of the public successfully over seven decades.Calling Ed Brown a visionary busi-nessman, the Monocle stated, When others had abandoned the ferry service on the Potomac as outdated, he led partners with a vision for its historic importance and potential for success that continues today, becoming the last such service in the state. He always proclaimed its mission was its role as being a convenience for the public. He is survived by his wife, and their children, Malcolm, Herbert, Neal, and Phyllis, along with 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.The ferry will remain in operation by the Brown family. nAUGUST 2020FOGHORN 43'