George A. Brown of Phillipsport , NY passed away on Friday, June 20, 2014 after a valiant and hard-fought battle with cancer. George was born on September 27, 1929, the son of George Brown and Veronica Brown (nee Gorman) of New York City. He was one of eight children.
A lifelong New Yorker, Mr. Brown spent the early years of his career as a wire-lather, working on the construction of some of Manhattan’s very first sky scrapers. He was a proud resident of Yorkville (Upper East Side, Manhattan) where he opened the Bright Spot Café – a beloved neighborhood luncheonette that he owned and operated from 1965 to 1972. He spent the last 20 years of his career as a Local 32BJ handyman. He moved to Phillipsport in 1993 following his retirement.
More affectionately referred to as “Oppey,” he was a devoted husband, loving father and doting grandfather. His love of animals and affection for children made him an honorary father-figure to many people and furry friends over the years.
Among his favorite hobbies—which included driving, cooking, tinkering in the garage and people-watching—he commanded the craps table, loved the bingo hall, and always had a deck of playing cards available for the casual game of Rummy.
His sense of humor and infectious laugh was rivaled only by his unbridled wit. His stories and unique sayings have taken up permanent residence in our minds and fall freely and unconsciously from our lips.
George “Oppey” Brown was inherently lucky, loyal to a fault, and a kind and generous soul who, despite any adversity, kept an optimistic and upbeat outlook on life. He valued family and friendship above all else. His legacy lives on in our hearts.
George is survived by his daughter Patricia Perritt of Phillipsport; his favorite son-in-law, William B. Perritt of Queens; his brothers, Ronald Brown of Phillipsport and Walter Rau of New Jersey; his sisters, Anne Brennan and Evelyn Fells of New York City; his grandchildren, William J. Perritt and his wife Heidi, Michael S. Perritt, Megan Irene Jacobson (nee Perritt) and her husband, Daniel; and his great-grandson Bradley S. Perritt.
George was predeceased by his wife Irene Brown (nee McLaughlin), his son Thomas Brown and his brothers Joseph, Jim and John Brown.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 26th at 9:45 am at Immaculate Conception Church, 21-47 29th St, Astoria, NY 11105 with burial of his ashes following at Mount St. Mary’s Cemetery in Flushing, NY.
Arrangements are under the direction of Loucks Funeral Home, 79 N. Main St., Ellenville , NY .
Contributions may be made in George’s name to The Smile Network.