“Without our traditions our lives would be as shaky as a fiddler on the roof.”
Frederick Delos Brown, 64, passed away unexpectedly in Okeechobee, FL on January 31, 2020. Fred was born in Penn Yan, NY, where he was the oldest of five children, in a family that prided itself on traditions like family dinners and Sunday church. He moved with his family to Binghamton, where he attended Chenango Forks HS. He joined the Upstagers Theater group, and was cast in lead roles in many school plays. His larger than life personality was ever present when he took to the stage as Tevye, from Fiddler on the Roof. After high school, Fred joined the Navy. While serving, he also earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in business. Fred was always planning for the future and his success. While in the Navy, Fred was stationed in Colorado, and met his beloved and devoted wife, Leigh. They were soon married and had two beautiful children, Stephen and Elizabeth. Fred loved his family and instilling in them the same values he had growing up: work hard, love hard, and be kind. Shortly after, Fred was deployed to help in the liberation of Kuwait in Desert Storm. He was also stationed in Sicily where he resided with his family creating new traditions and memories. In 1997, Fred retired as Senior Chief, after 20 years of serving our country. He was regarded as a combat veteran and earned many medals and ribbons. He became a contractor for Fort Dietrich and later went into medical equipment sales for MinXray. As of late, he was enjoying working part time as a sales representative for SCS Cases. Working part time allowed him the opportunity to volunteer to ministries that served reservations in New Mexico, and also the Mission House, a food and clothing bank in Florida. More recently, Fred had pursued his adventurous spirit. He sold his home in Waynesboro, PA and was traveling cross country in his RV with his wife Leigh, and cat Ava. He visited with family and friends and saw places he had always wanted to see. He made many new friends in these places, and could often be found sitting around a campfire smoking a cigar with his buddies. Fred enjoyed a good cigar. His quest for the best tasting cigar led him to find his friends at Old Chicago. If Fred wasn’t on the road, you could find him on the green. Fred loved golf. He loved it so much he had eight different pairs of golf shoes. Another one of Fred’s greatest roles was “PaPa.” Recently, Fred’s children had given him the best gift of all: grandchildren! A new generation to pass on all his knowledge, traditions and love to. He was always so proud of his family and had so much love for each of them. He loved to visit with Stephen and Elizabeth, and the grandchildren, and had a special bond with all of them. Fred is predeceased by his parents Walter and Mary Brown, his father-in-law Henry Wilson, his grandparents Margaret and Joseph Townsend and Francis and Emily Brown. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Leigh Brown and son Stephen(Jamee), Daughter Elizabeth(Cameron) and grandchildren Dawson, Jack, Aiden, Vivian, Evelyn, Reagan, and grand-dog Archie. He is also survived by sisters Susan(John) Marshall, MaryEllen(Steve) Gorr, brother Daniel(Brenda) Brown, sister Kathryn(John) Gell, mother-in-law Barbara Wilson, brother-in-law Robert(Ingrid) Wilson, sister-in-law Carol(Paul) Porter, and many nieces and nephews. Fred also leaves behind many close friends, including Dave Latta, Scott Owen, and Bob Kermidas. A celebration of Fred’s life will be held at the Barber Memorial Home, 428 Main Street, Johnson City, NY, on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 2pm. Friends will be received from 1pm until the time of the service. To honor Fred, please consider making a donation to The Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758516 Topeka, KS 66675-8516, or Church In Mission c/o John Miller, P.O. Box 528 Maugansville, MD 21767.
“Maybe it’s like becoming one with the cigar. You lose yourself in it; everything else fades away: your worries, your problems, your thoughts. They fade into the smoke, and the cigar and you are at peace.” -Raul Julia
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