Charles ‘Charlie’ Brown, 80

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Charles Brown with his daughter Christy.

Charles “Char­lie” Brown died at home from lung cancer surround­ed by family on Thanksgiving Day Nov. 22, 2018. He was 80 years old.

Brown was born on Oct. 4, 1938, to Mittie Brown Esters and Clarence Walker. He was the oldest of four children and attended Su­san Miller High School and Pepperdine Uni­versity in Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA degree in sociology with aspirations of becoming a medical scientist.

Brown was the first African American to become a chief of staff to an Alameda County Board of Supervisor, the late Fred Cooper.

Brown worked success­fully managing many political campaigns in Los Angeles, Oakland and the East Bay, in­cluding the late Congressman Ronald V. Dellums. Char­lie Brown served the City of Oakland’s Office of Contract Compliance as an assistant contract compliance officer.

As an entrepreneur, he pro­vided consulting services to local contractors, construc­tion management companies and affordable housing de­velopers under the umbrella of his company, C&C Enter­prises.

Additionally, he was the lead staff person at Douvilli­er-Sloan, Inc. ensuring labor compliance for public agen­cies including the public/pri­vate partnerships associated with project labor agreements.

Brown will always be cher­ished by his faithful and de­voted wife Andrea Brown, his mother Mittie Brown, daugh­ter Christy Brown; grandchil­dren Yaisha White, Merril Bonner, Jemel Bonner, and Milik Bonner; great-grandson Christian White; brothers Michael Esters and William Esters, and a host of nieces and nephews, friends, politi­cal comrades and many young people whom he worked with unselfishly throughout the City of Oakland guiding them on a straight and narrow path so their lives would be more grounded thus creating an environment to ensure their success.

A celebration of life, leg­acy and community love for Charlie Brown will take place on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, 410 14th St., Oakland from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The formal program will begin at 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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