Theodore L. “Ted” Brown, formerly of South Hornell and Canisteo

EAST AMHERST/CANISTEO-Theodore L. “Ted” Brown, 76, also affectionately known as “Brownie”, of East Amherst, formerly of South Hornell and Canisteo passed away in the presence of his loving family, Saturday afternoon (Oct. 4, 2014) at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, after a short illness.

Born in Hornell on July 24, 1938, he was a son of the late Cletus and Ruth Lusk Brown. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his son, Theodore Samuel Brown in 1971, his brother, Gene Brown and his sister, Audrey Dewey.

A resident of South Hornell and Canisteo for most of his life, Ted recently moved to East Amherst and before his retirement he was employed as an electrician for the former Morrison-Knudsen Co. in Hornell.

Brownie will be remembered for being an “eternal optimist” who would often be seen smiling, laughing or helping anyone in need.

He was a communicant of the former St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Hornell and most recently at St. Ann’s Church of Our Lady of the Valley Parish.

Ted enjoyed woodworking and for many years he served as a volunteer for the South Hornell Fire Company and in the 1980’s he was a member of a bowling league at the Hornell Bowl.

His loving family includes his wife of nearly 49 years, the former Marcia O’Grady, who he married in Fulton on Nov. 27, 1965; his four children, Michele (Rick) Miles of Canisteo, Stephanie (Doug) Wright of Canaseraga, Holly (Scott) Marfurt of Williamsville and Christopher (Liz) Brown of Rochester; his six grandchildren, Andrew Lehmann, Chloe Miles, Joshua Wright, Hannah Wright, Madison Marfurt and Tyler Marfurt; his two sisters, Carol (Bud) Whitney of Belmont and Rosemary Gandy of California; also his nieces and nephews.

The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Theodore L. “Ted” Brown.

Calling hours are from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell. Friends are invited to meet his family at St. Ann’s Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in his memory at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.

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