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Ex-Westminster mayor, Carroll commissioner dies

WESTMINSTER — Former Westminster Mayor and Carroll County Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown has died. He was 66.

Brown, of Hanover, Pa., died Saturday at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore following a heart attack, according to the Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel.

Brown worked as a social worker and owned a Westminster candy store. He was elected mayor of Westminster in 1989 and served on the Carroll County Board of Commissioners from 1994 until1998, when he retired to pursue personal interests, including authoring a novel.

Former Westminster councilwoman Suzanne Albert remembers Brown as approachable and caring and says he was “dedicated to serving in a way that would be helpful to everyone.”