May 30, 2014

Helmet requested: Family honors motorcyclist with special procession

A motorcycle helmet is requested for anyone riding in a procession Friday honoring a Belleville man who died after a crash earlier this month.

The father-in-law of Andrew P. Brown, 29, is asking attendees to dress as casually as Andrew would have, in boots, jeans and a Harley T-shirt.

"That's what Andrew would have wanted, to be comfortable, cause he wanted everyone to be comfortable around him," said Brown's father-in-law, Bob Daggett.

Brown is survived by his wife, Trina Brown; mother, Cindy Hartman; sister, Stephanie Brown; and brother, Curtis Brown, among other relatives.

Brown was not wearing a helmet when he was injured in a crash.

Daggett said people will be asked to wear a helmet if they ride a motorcycle in the funeral procession.

"It's nothing to do with trying to overthrow the law. There's nothing against people who don't wear helmets. We're just trying to raise awareness, Daggett said.

Brown was riding to his mother's home on May 18 to pick up the mail when a vehicle hit the rear tire of his motorcycle in the area of A and Second streets, Daggett said.

Brown died on May 23 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

"Alcohol wasn't involved," Daggett said. "It was just a tragic accident. It just so happened Art on the Square was going on and there were people driving unfamiliar routes and the gentleman made a mistake and hit him."

People who knew Brown -- whose stature was like Hoss Cartwright in the television show "Bonanza" -- thought the world of him, Daggett said.

"If someone's daughter had cancer or someone got hurt in an automobile wreck and there was a benefit and charity ride, Andrew was there," Daggett said. "He was big into that type of stuff. He was just a good individual."

Brown worked as a parts counter salesman for Midwest Transit Equipment. He was a member of St. Peter's Cathedral, the St. Clair County Bank Pool League, the Swansea Improvement Association and H.O.G., according to his obituary.

Visitation is from noon to 3 p.m. Friday at Kurrus Funeral Home, 1773 Frank Scott Parkway West in Belleville.

Funeral services start at 3 p.m. and interment follows at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, 3412 Frank Scott Parkway West in Belleville.

Brown, who will be cremated, will have a bench dedicated in his memory at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. The bench will be the first of several memorial benches to be arranged around the pond at Valhalla.

Contact reporter Jacqueline Lee at or 618-239-2655. Follow her on Twitter at

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