Chester A. Brown, 90, longtime resident of Adams, died Monday evening September 4, 2017, surrounded by his loving family at Hospice of Jefferson County, Watertown. Calling hours will be 6:00-8:00 pm Thursday at the Piddock Funeral Home, Adams. Funeral service will be 11:00 am Friday at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Adams, with Rev. Jerry Wichelns officiating. Burial will follow with military honors in the Elmwood Cemetery, Adams.
Born March 18, 1927 in Ellisburg, son of Glenn A. and Bertha (Symes) Brown, he was educated locally. He entered the United States Navy March 1944, serving on the USS LCS (L) 99 as an electrical engineer. He was honorably discharged in March 1946.
Chet married Shirley M. Vorce of Henderson at the home of his parents on September 7, 1946. The couple lived in Adams their entire married life. He owned and operated Brown’s TV in Adams for many years, eventually retiring from the TV business.
His loving wife of 64 years died November 30, 2010.
He is survived by two daughters, Linda S. (Judson) Roach, Adams Center, and Sue B. (Duffy) Hamilton, Adams; four grandchildren Angela (Scott) Breuer, Sherri (Jay) Smith, Jeffrey (Cheryl) Hamilton, JoLynn (John) Kennedy; nine great grandchildren Tricia (Taylor) Haycox, Dana Breuer, Gregory (Katie) Urbanowicz, Trevor Breuer, Chase Urbanowicz, Taylor Hamilton, Dylan Hamilton, Margaret Kennedy and Graeme Kennedy; and two great great grandchildren Lillian Cota and Chyler Haycox. He is also survived by one brother, David (Polly) Brown; four sisters Eba Babcock, Bertha Murray, Marjory Hough, Marilyn (Don) Hosley; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He is predeceased by five brothers, Henry, Howard, Richard, Paul and Robert; two sisters Viola Newton, June Cushing; a grandson Derek Hamilton, and two great-great infant grandsons Colin and Cameron Ruperd.
Chet proudly owned three small airplanes that he enjoyed piloting around New York State. He was also an avid photographer, wood worker and a fan of the New York Yankees.
He was a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Adams, and a trustee of the Elmwood Cemetery Association, a life member of the VFW and the Don Rounds American Legion, both in Adams, as well as a past member of the Adams Fire Department.
Chet’s family will miss his love, courage, strength and entertaining stories.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Elmwood Cemetery, PO Box 23, Adams, NY 13605, or the South Jefferson Rescue Squad, PO Box 126, Adams, NY 13605.
Condolences may be made at www.piddockfuneralhome.com