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Hetherington & Deans Funeral Chapel

5176 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON

OBITUARY

Ronald J. Brown

May 3, 1930February 26, 2020
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Passed away peacefully at his home in Niagara Falls on February 26, 2020 at the age of 89. Predeceased by his loving wife Joan Brown (nee Orr, July 14, 2018), his son David Brown (2010), siblings Kathleen Collins, Mildred Keighan Alexander Brown, Robert Brown, Jean Meagher and Gordon Brown. Survived by his beloved children; James, Michael and Terry and daughter-in-law Cairine (David) Dear grandfather to; Alex, Graham Isador, and Alison. Also sadly missed by his sisters-in-law Shirley Orr, Phyllis Orr, Barbara Brown as well as many nieces and nephews.

Through all ages of his life Ron served Niagara Falls with enthusiasm and joyfulness. As a teenager, he was early member of 126 Air Cadets and earned his pilot’s wings in 1949. He graduated from NFCVI and immediately went to work as a machinist at Provincial Crane. Mid-career he changed trajectory and began teaching at Stamford Collegiate where he influenced many students, launched careers and is still fondly remembered. While teaching machining he earned a B.A. from Brock University and began teaching history as well.

He was active in St Andrews Church, leading the Boy Scout troop, writing and directing plays, raising funds for various projects. He and his wife Joan made their home the centre of numerous golf tournaments, Christmas parties, musical evenings and many gatherings for family and friends.

Upon retirement 1987, he only became busier. Ron helped found the Stair Climb for Cancer with the Niagara Falls Cancer Society. He was president of the Friends of Stamford Village enriching knowledge of the local area for almost 25 years. His many historical articles and stories that were published in the Niagara Falls Review always entertained. Ron and Joan lead dramatic productions at St Andrew’s United Church and were members of Rainbow Productions. He sang with Niagara Men’s Chorus. For enriching the lives of friends, cohorts and the community Ron and Joan were inducted into the Niagara Falls Arts and Culture Wall of Fame in 2016.

Ron never failed to light up any room he was in. He and his wife Joan were an example of how joyous service to others creates a joyous life.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 from 2-4 and 7-9pm at HETHERINGTON AND DEANS FUNERAL CHAPEL; 5176 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls (905-354-5614). A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 4th at 11:00am at ST. ANDREWS UNITED CHURCH, 5645 Morrison St. Niagara Falls with interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or a charity of ones choice.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, March 3, 2020
  • Visitation Tuesday, March 3, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 4, 2020
  • Interment Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Memories

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Sandy Sharpe

March 9, 2020

Terry, so sad to hear about your Dad. My prayers to you and your family.

Ron Brown

March 2, 2020

Found some memories here in Windsor! Always a smile and a great laugh. Will miss you Uncle Ron!

Derek Knight

March 1, 2020

On behalf of the 126 Flying Lancers Squadron Cadets, Staff and Sponsoring Committee I would like to pass along our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Brown.
It was fantastic to see that he lived a full and happy life after his time with the squadron.

Derek Knight
Captain
Commanding Officer
126 Flying Lancers Squadron

MICHAEL FOLEMSBEE

February 29, 2020

Condolences to the Brown family... what always struck me about Mr. Brown was his quick wit and sense of humor. Even as the days for him grew long he always had a sly smile and a quick retort or a joke to add to every conversation.

Shawn Conlon

February 28, 2020

The BEST teacher I ever had, and the reason I entered the metalworking trades. RIP, Mr Brown.

Petya Lowes

February 27, 2020

Great Uncle Ron. i have one of the best memories to this day. One time we where at his House in Niagara Falls. He decide to get creative so he look at me and said you want to have some Fun i said sure. So there we seating at his Dining room with paper pens and we decided to draw Cows we drew almost every shape of a cow and we had fun doing it. We laugh till we cried.
the family get together, golf tournaments, the fun time.
rest in Peace Great Uncle Ron

Judy Breadner

February 27, 2020

Jim - I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was such a nice man and I enjoyed getting to know him at Stamford. I love that he and your Mom did what they did to help us learn more about Niagara Falls and it’s history. He will be missed. Take gentle care of yourself. Judy

James brown

February 27, 2020

Lorrie Lowes

February 27, 2020

So hard to say good-bye to someone so well-loved. I have many wonderful memories of my Uncle Ron.

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