OBITUARY

Chester Frederick Brown Jr.

February 13, 1941September 18, 2020
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Chester F. Brown Jr., age 79 passed on September 18, 2020, at St. Catherine's Riverside Nursing facility.

His Dad was career Navy so Chet grew up on Navy bases throughout the U.S. including Guam. He received his high school education and diploma from YOHI in Yokohama, Japan. He continued his education in St. Petersburg, FL where he received an Associate's Degree. He entered the Navy and spent seven years in the service of his country where he learned data processing. His last duty station was with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. He left the navy to work in the private sector moving to Chicago in 1970 to work for Sears, Roebuck and Co. where he met Renee. They were married at St. Isaac Jogues Church in Hinsdale, IL, in October of 1971. They would have celebrated 49 years of marriage this October 9th. They moved to Jacksonville, FL in 1977 when Chet was offered a new job with Blue Cross Blue Shield (now Florida Blue). He continued his career with Blue Cross in data processing until his retirement.

Chet was preceded in death by his son, Matthew, in 2016 and is survived by his wife, Renee, daughter Marie and her fiancé, Tony from Philadelphia, and his sister, Denise from St. Petersburg, FL.

Their faith community as a family has been St. Joseph's Church in Mandarin since 1977. They supported and participated in the growth of that parish over the years. Chet was a spiritual man and diligently sought to grow his faith. He will always be remembered as a loving husband and father.

His wife and family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Cancer Specialists of North Florida for their caring support during the two years he battled cancer.

Visitation and celebration of his life will be held at Hardage Giddens in Mandarin, October 17, 2020 at 11 A.M. Burial of ashes will take place at Baypines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL at a later date.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

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Dair Kimball

October 11, 2020

Renee I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Chet. I will be out of town for the service of Chet this Saturday but know you and your family are in my prayers. Once a puppeteer always a puppeteer.🤗Dair Kimball

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