William G. Brown, Sr., age 82, of Bourne Street, Westfield, died Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the VAMC in Buffalo, NY. after a brief illness.
Mr. Brown was born April 10, 1931 in Limestone, NY, the son of the late Stuart Brown.
After high school, Bill went on to serve his Country with the United States Army from 1949 to 1959 serving most of his time in Germany.
When Bill returned home from the Army, he became a well-rounded auto mechanic with the abilities to fix anything. After working on vehicles for a period of time, he chased his dreams and became an over the road truck driver for several different transportation companies in the area, putting many miles under his belt. He retired from truck driving in 1999.
In his spare time, Bill enjoyed the outdoor life of hunting and fishing and spending time with his loving family.
Bill was a member of John W. Rogers Post 327 American Legion of Westfield and a life member of the Wm. P Jackway Post 6764 VFW where he served as the Commander there for several years. Bill also served as the Chautauqua County Commander of the VFW's for a period of time as well.
Bill is survived by his loving companion, Betty Mele, with whom he shared his home, four daughters: Starla Breads (Pat) of Dunkirk, NY, Pandora (Darren) Brown of Westfield, NY, Ruth Ann (Shane) and Jolene Gerlinger. Also survived by his three sons: Robert (Lisa) Brown of Westfield, NY, William (Phyllis) Brown, Jr. also of Westfield, NY and Raymond Brown. Bill is further survived by his loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren of both the Brown and Mele families.
Besides his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his former wife, Aldine (Vicary), and two sons, Stuart and Donald Brown.
All funeral services were held privately. Burial was in East Ripley Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials may be made on Bill's behalf to the Cancer Unit -VA Western NY Healthcare System, 3495 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215.
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