In Memoriam: Bret Brown

It is with sadness that WANADA reports the passing of past dealer member Bret A. Brown of the former Ralph Brown Buick in Bethesda, Md.  He died May 1 at his home in Bethesda, succumbing to terminal cancer.  He was 73.

A native Washingtonian, Bret joined his Dad, Ralph, in the family business, Ralph Brown Buick, after he completed BA and MA degrees from The American University in DC. When his Dad stepped out of the business in 1979, Bret stepped up to run the store, which he did until the mid-1980s, during which time he paired Buick with a Peugeot franchise.

Bret left the car business, closing Ralph Brown Buick/Peugeot in 1985, and became a residential real estate agent, first with WC & AN Miller Realtors, and subsequently with McEnearney Associates in DC where he was affiliated at the time of his death. Bret was a longtime member of Congressional Country Club in Potomac, Md.

In addition to two sisters, he leaves his wife, Betty, and daughter, Sarah.

The family will be receiving friends and well-wishers from 10:00-11:00am, Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, Md., (301) 320-4538.   Immediately following the visitation a funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:00 am in the church.  Memorial contributions can be made to Catholic Charities DC, 924 G St., NW, Washington, DC 20001.  Online giving is available at

To Bret’s family and many friends, WANADA extends its sincere and heartfelt sympathy.

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