William C. Brown
September 9, 1951 - April 3, 2016
. . . very proud of his grandchildren . . .
William C. “Bill” Brown, 64, passed away Sunday (April 3, 2016) at Highland Hospital in Rochester, following a lengthy illness.
William was born on Sept. 19, 1951 in Niagara Falls to John and Lucille (Beach) Brown. He was a 1969 graduate of LaSalle High School in Niagara Falls and later proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.
Bill worked in the Navy Nuclear Department at Dresser-Rand Corp. in Wellsville from 1995 until his retirement in 2015. Previously he was a co-owner with Bob Sherwood at S & B Sales and Service in Andover. He began his working career with Alox, Inc. in Niagara Falls.
Bill is survived by his true love and 35 year companion Cheryl A. Price of Andover; a daughter, Janene (Pat) Howland of Andover, a brother, Eugene (Judy) Brown of DeLand, Fla.; a sister, Jackie (Jim) Hamilton, Sr. of Salem, S.C.; two sisters-in-law, Charlene Riffle and Dawn (Francis) Fuller, both of Andover; three grand children, Gretta Howland and Grace Howland, both of Andover and Cole Tracy of Whitesville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Additionally, he is survived by his childhood friend, Brand (Mary) Coram of Grand Island, who was as close as a brother.
Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his son, William C. Brown, II.
Bill was an avid Buffalo Bills and New York Yankees fan. He loved and excelled at baseball and in 1969 tried out for the Yankees. He continued to play baseball as a second baseman for area teams well into his forties.
Bill was very proud of his grandchildren and their accomplishments. He enjoyed 4-wheeling at Swartz’s Camp, relaxing at Rushford Lake and being part of the D-R 4. Additionally, Bill was a member of the Andover Volunteer Fire Department, the Wellsville Elks Lodge #1495, and the Wellsville Loyal Order of Moose.
Per Bill’s wishes, there will be no prior visitation or services.
Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover.
Memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to Andover Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 726, Andover, NY 14806 or to Hart Comfort House of Allegany County, 141 East State St., Wellsville, NY 14895.