Perry Anthony Brown March 1, 2021 of Amityville, NY recently passed away in Topeka, KS age 56. Born on October 14, 1964 in Brooklyn, NY, Perry lived an extraordinary life. Perry joined the Navy after high school becoming a Navy Corpsman imbedded with the United States Marine Corp. During his 8 years of active duty he ran track in Okinawa, Japan for the Navy team and trained in Norway in cold weather combat.
After leaving the military, he graduated from SUNY Farmingdale, where he was elected President of the student body. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Industrial Labor Relations and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Perry went on to start his family and worked as a labor negotiator and then in human resources and as the Assistant Commissioner of Social Services for Onondaga County and earned a master's degree in Hospital Administration. He retired from the Army. Perry's passions included reading, Brazilian Jujitsu (black belt) and Judo (Empire State Games), cooking, comic books and collectibles.
Mostly, Perry was passionate about the love for his family. The love for his two sons Diop and Thor and the three matriarchs of his family, Tete, Ana, and Vera above all.
Perry was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Theresa Ellis; his mother Ana Gordon; his father Raphael Brown; and his son Diop-Alimayu Perry Brown. Surviving is his son, Thor Ashur Erasto Brown of Syracuse, NY; his Aunt Vera Slinger of Amityville, NY; Uncle Joseph Gordon of Brooklyn, NY; brother Andre Butts, sisters Philomena Mistretta and Tisha Gonzales, and many cousins, nephews and nieces.
Perry Brown Tribute:
Many of you may remember Perry in his sweatpants and sweatshirt, having lively conversation about any topic under the sun. His spirit and attention full of life and enthusiasm, making you feel comfortable and at home. Yet, there are many things you may not know about Perry.
Perry was a gifted child. His voice crystal enough in quality that he sang at Carnegie Hall, donned in the finest clothes under the watchful eye of his Grandmother Tete. After high school he joined the Navy and became a Navy Corpsman imbedded with the United States Marine Corp. During his 8 years of active duty he ran track in Okinawa, Japan for the Navy team specializing in the 100 hurdles. He was trained in Norway in cold weather combat.
After leaving the military, he graduated from SUNY Farmingdale, where he was elected President of the student body. In this role he worked to have the gates that line the entry to the campus today erected, marking his legacy. He graduated from Cornell University where he joined Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and was elected to the post of Social. He put on events like string quartet gatherings in classic Perry style. During his time at Cornell, he mentored so many. Among his mentees, were many African American students who were not as worldly as he; helping them be successful.
After receiving his degree from the Industrial Labor Relations School at Cornell, Perry went on to start his family and work as a labor negotiator. He then transferred his skills to Syracuse, NY, working for Onondaga County human resources, soon rising to the position of Assistant Commissioner of Social Services. Perry continued his education, receiving his master's degree in Hospital Administration with a specialty in Gerontology. He returned to service with the Army after returning to Long Island.
Perry had many passions. He holds a black belt in Brazilian Jujitsu and held many belts in Judo competing in the Empire States games. Perry was never seen without a book in his hand; reading incessantly. Comic books, action figures, and other collectibles were a lifelong investment.
Mostly, Perry was passionate about the love for his family. Browns stick together. The love for his sons Diop and Thor, and the three matriarchs of his family, Grandma Tete, Ana his mother, and his Tia Vera were above all.