Boston: Governor Signs Bill Dedicating Pembroke Intersection to James ‘Tiny’ Brown

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Pembroke Selectman Arthur Boyle, State Rep. Josh Cutler, Peter Brown (Tiny’s son), Governor Charlie Baker signing the bill at his desk. To the right (closest to Governor) State Senator Vinny DeMacedo, and State Rep. Jim Cantwell, (behind them, partially blocked) State Rep Matt Muratore. (Photo courtesy Josh Cutler)


An intersection in Pembroke will now be a permanent tribute to a well-known, generous and well-liked resident who passed away over the summer.

James “Tiny” Brown was very active in the community, acting as a call firefighter, a Scout master, attending many town meetings and helping out numerous charitable organizations. 

State Rep. Josh Cutler was the one who approached the Brown family with the idea of a memorial.

“Tiny Brown was someone who was a giant in Pembroke and really one of the most generous people I have had the pleasure of meeting,” said Cutler.

“This bill was an effort in a small way to pay tribute to someone who has been so generous to the town and to the whole community.”

Tiny’s son, Peter Brown, says he was surprised, but now humbled by the recognition of his father.

“When Josh first brought up the subject I fought him a little bit on it because [Tiny] wasn’t that type of person,” said Peter Brown.

“It wasn’t about him personally but it was about what he did for the town, what he did for the community and what he did for the state. So it’s about what he was and how we’d want to remember him. So when people go into Pembroke and see his name, they know that he was involved.”

The James “Tiny” Brown memorial square will be where Route 53 intersects with Route 14 in Pembroke. 

Cutler says there will be an official dedication ceremony in the spring.


WATD's Liza Azizian interviewing the late James "Tiny" Brown

WATD’s Liza Azizian interviewing the late James “Tiny” Brown


About Amy Leonard

Amy Leonard grew up in Carver and always had a passion for radio. She studied radio production at New England Institute of Technology in Rhode Island, then moved to Martha's Vineyard where she worked as a DJ at WVVY producing the midday show called PB and Jams. She has since then camped across the country to California but has made her way back to the only home she knows, the South Shore.