Stephen L. Brown, founder of the Vermont Vanguard Press, longtime publisher of the Providence Phoenix and a leader for nearly four decades in New England’s alternative newspaper industry, died Monday at Rhode Island Hospital after suffering a heart attack. He was 62.
Brown has endured health challenges in recent years with his usual mix of grit and humor. He was a grand companion, whether on the golf course and the 19th hole, at Fenway Park or grilling swordfish in his backyard. He especially enjoyed Pawtucket Red Sox games at McCoy Stadium.