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In Loving Memory of

Raymond "Ray" Brown

1955 - 2021

Obituary of Raymond "Ray" Brown

It is with broken hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved Ray Brown on Monday, July 26, 2021 at the Greater Niagara General Hospital, surrounded by the love of God and his adoring family; his beautiful wife Marian of 45 years and their loving daughter Louise (Christopher Smith).

Left to mourn this loss are Ray's sister Anne (Peter) Herzberg, his nephew Michael, his brother-in-law Joe and (Dianne) Nepp; his nieces Michelle (Tim) Wirag and Danielle, and his great niece Emily.

Ray has been reunited with his father and mother, Herbert Arthur and Irene (Thoma) Brown, and his in-laws, Rudolf and Elizabeth (Binder) Nepp.

Ray was known as someone who always had a smile on his face and always had a positive, zen-like attitude. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and dancing with his wife, Marian, especially to the song "Black Cars". Ray was a long-time active member of St. Joseph's Church and the Black Creek Community Association. He also bowled with the Cataract Seniors Bowling League and was an "honourary" Girl Guide. Ray was a dedicated electrician at Atlas Specialty Steels. After retiring, he enjoyed riding trains in Brazil, Thailand and Scandinavia. He loved going on cruises to places such as Greece, Cuba, Israel and Italy. He enjoyed driving his Sebring convertible to Florida and beyond. Ray spent as much time as possible with family and friends, even if it meant skating and swimming! He was a pillar of his tight-knit community and will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905) 354 2133. A Funeral Mass will be held in honour of Ray at St. Thomas More Catholic Church 6548 Dorchester Rd, Niagara Falls, ON on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 11:00AM with burial to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Snyder. If you would like to attend the Funeral Mass, please call Essentials to confirm your attendance as space is limited due to Covid restrictions.

If desired, donations to the St. Joseph Cemetery Fund or The Black Creek Community Centre would be appreciated by the family.

Service Information

Funeral Mass

Date & Time:
August 3, 2021
11:00 am until 12:00 pm
St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Niagara Falls, Ontario
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Date & Time:
August 3, 2021
12:30 pm until 1:00 pm
Saint Joseph’s Cemetery, Snyder
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Amanda Hicks
2 years ago

Sending love and healing wishes to you, Marian, and your dear family.

Dean & Maria Rosiana
2 years ago

Sincere condolences during this difficult time. Out thoughts & prayers are with you both – Marian & Louise.
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Emilia Hamade
2 years ago

Dear Marian, Louise, and family,
My deepest sympathy, and my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ray will be remembered by all for his friendly personality, always willing to help, wherever he was needed. Rest in peace.

Shauna Keil
2 years ago

Thank you Marian for sharing your wonderful memories of Ray with us today. He was such a kind and helpful man, always pleasant. It’s obvious he will be missed by so many people. My thoughts are with you, Louise, and family.

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Steve and Hawley Denn
2 years ago

We were shocked and saddened to here of Ray’s passing. He will be greatly missed. We only have the fondest of memories of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Steve and Hawley Denn

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Chris and Frank Denn
2 years ago

Dear Marian and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was always smiling, full of life and saw the glass as half full, never half empty whenever we saw him for family occasions which is what we will remember most about him. Sincerely Chris and Frank Denn

Linda Dueck
2 years ago

Dear Marian and family,
Please accept my heart felt sympathy at this time. Cherish the many memories you have of shared times and hold them close to your hearts. Sincerely Linda Dueck, Trefoil friend

Margaret and Joe Pirosko
2 years ago

Marian, Louise and family, Our deepest sympathy at the loss of Ray, a beloved husband, father, brother and friend. We have many treasured memories from the times that we were altogether. God has him in his keeping we have him in our heart. One day we will all be together again. With love
Joe and Margaret Pirosko and family.

Karl & Jeannie Nepp
2 years ago

Marian , karl &I are so sorry to hear about Ray our heart felt condolences to you and family sending big hugs to you all xo

Rob Lebel
2 years ago

Christopher and Louise, our condolences to you and your family one the loss of you father Louise. Treasure the memories you have of your dad!! Love Uncle Rob and Aunt Mary

Helene & Robert Bengert & family
2 years ago

Dear Marion, Louise & family,

We were so saddened to hear of Ray’s sudden passing. He was such a wonderfully kind person and he will never be forgotten.

We are so sorry for your loss. May your cherished memories comfort you now and bring you peace.

We are sending our sympathy and prayers for comfort and guidance as you face the difficult days ahead.

Please know that caring thoughts and heartfelt sympathies are with you.

Mary & Dave Beech & Hofmann family
2 years ago

Marian and Louise; Anne, Peter and Michael
We are heartbroken to hear of Ray’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family.
Ray’s big smile could light up any room. We have so many memories of him throughout his lifetime and he will be greatly missed but not forgotten. Ray will always be in our hearts. Wishing you strength and comfort in the days to come. With deepest sympathy Dave & Mary Beech and family. Erwin Hofmann, Janet Hofmann, Doris, Will and Byron Racki

2 years ago

Marian I am deeply sorry for your loss. Ray was such a kind generous man who will be deeply missed. Ray rest in God hands and always in your heart!

William Herale & Family
2 years ago

Our deepest sympathies to the Brown family. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

2 years ago

I’m so sorry to hear about Ray. He was always someone I enjoyed talking to at family gatherings. My deepest sympathies to the whole family.

Denis & Lydia Trottier
2 years ago

Marion, Louise and Family
So sad to hear the news of Rays Passing! Please accept our heartfelt condolences and know you are in our thoughts and in our prayers during this difficult time! May God Bless you all! Denis & Lydia Trottier & family!

Mike and Theresa
2 years ago

ray will be sadly missed, our hearts are deeply broken by the loss of our dear friend, our family and yours will share the pain of losing him together, love and god bless


The family of Raymond "Ray" Brown would like you to consider placing a donation to one of the following charities:

The Black Creek Community Centre - 2959 Baker Rd, Stevensville, ON L0S 1S0 (Cash or Cheque only)
St. Joseph Cemetery Fund - Please contact Essentials for assistance making a donation to the cemetery fund 905-354-2133 (Cash or Cheque only)

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