Ronald A. Brown


Ronald A. Brown, 70, of Malta, passed away March 23, 2012 in Sarasota, Florida with his loving family by his side. Born on August 11, 1941 in Ballston Spa, NY, Ron was the oldest son of the late Alfred C. and Mary Greenough Brown. A lifelong resident of Malta, Ron grew up in Round Lake and was a 1959 graduate of Shenendehowa High School.

After graduating from Hudson Valley Community College, Ron began his career as a civil engineer. Ron retired in 1997 as a Materials Engineer for the NYS Department of Transportation. During his time with DOT, Ron met many of his lifelong friends and also met his loving wife of 47 years, Linda Edmonds Brown. His dedication to his work led to him being sent overseas to the Baltic States as a consultant and also being awarded the NYS DOT Excellence in Engineering Award in 1996.

Ron was a past volunteer fireman for the Round Lake Hose Company and also worked evenings as a mutual clerk in the clubhouse at the Saratoga Raceway for over 30 years.

Ron was a member of The Wesley Community Board from June 1989 to June 1998. He served as President of the board from June 1993 to June 1998. Both of Ron's parents and his grandmother, along with many friends, were residents of The Wesley Community, which was very dear to Ron.

In his retirement, Ron worked part time for the Gorman Brothers Group and spent the winters in Florida with his wife. Ron was a lifelong member of the Round Lake United Methodist Church and played many invaluable roles in the church over the years.

Ron was a wonderful husband, a loving father and a giving friend. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, traveling and taking photos of his family. Ron particularly loved the time he spent at his camp in Keene Valley, NY but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, Ron was predeceased by his younger brother, Robert Brown. He is survived by his wife Linda, their three children, Kim Bowman of Raleigh, NC, Traci Brown of Clifton Park, and Jeffrey Brown (Molly) of Clifton Park, his sister, Carol DeMartino (Robert) of Ballston Lake, his sister in law, Terry Brown of Round Lake, his four grandchildren whom he adored, Torrin Brown, Lauren Bowman, Grant Bowman and Cooper Brown, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 11am Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at the Round Lake United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Malta Ridge Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4-8pm Monday, April 9 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to the Round Lake United Methodist Church, PO Box 485, Round Lake, NY 12151.

Guest Book

Bonnie Walter

Hello Linda:

After talking with you, I am sure that you have wonderful support from your friends and family.

I hope you and the children and grandchildren will do well in the days to come. Ron was apparently well loved
by all that knew him, and am sure he will be greatly missed.

Stay well and hope to speak with you soon.

Love,

Bonnie

Bill Snyder

Bill Snyder

Ron was a very close friend for more than forty years. He was always there for me, in good times and in my difficult times. We went family camping at Wakanda, played golf together, and had good times as couples with my wife, Sharon. He was there to embrace us with his good will and kindness. He helped me budget for my first house and we studied together for our civil service tests. He was always supportive and I often wonder what my life would have been like if I never had met Ron-----certainly not as good. Every time I had a problem he was there for me. He was one of the most giving persons I ever knew. I will miss him very much. Ron was a very faithful Christian and I know he is now with the Lord.

Jennifer (McCurdy) Dennis

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Martha-Lee Edmonds Owen

Ron was a very special friend to my father, Adrian Edmonds. Ron went to visit Dad whenever he was in Keene Valley. Dad enjoyed this very much and considered Ron a close friend. In spite of the age difference, they had much in common and lots to talk about. Dad was always pleased to hear about Ron's family. And, of course, he was very interested in Ron's adventures up on the west side of the valley, on Porter Mountain. Ron's stories about his experiences in the woods were a highlight of the visits and the two of them swapped many hunting stories. Dad was interested in Ron's work experiences. He was a great admirer of Ron's ambition and industriousness and respected his accomplishments as a civil engineer. Dad, who had no sons, would love to have had a son like Ron. I got to know Ron through my Dad and am so glad I did. He was always kind and thoughtful and full of good cheer, even when he was challenged by illness. I'll miss him and will treasure the many happy memories of our associations with him.

Linda Lee Edmonds Brown

Martha Lee, Thank you for writing this message. Ronnie loved to chat with your Mom and Dad, as did I. Sure do miss them. Appreciate all of your kind comments here and on email. I hope to spend some time up at KV with my mom soon. I miss Ron so much but he is now without pain. He loved to be in the mountains with my Dad and he missed him a lot. Hope to get together with you soon. Love, Linda

Chris

I always respected the way he welcomed me, a southern country boy who had nothing in common other than our love for the Yankees and fact we were life long Methodists, into his family 20 yrs ago. I appreciate all he did. He is now with the Lord.

Linda Brown

Thank you Chris for writing your message. Appreciate it and nice to read. He always enjoyed talking with you about sports too. I will miss him dearly. He always tried to be strong despite his problems with Lupus. He so loved all his grandchildren and was known as "Poppy". My best to you. Love, Linda