I just read that your beloved dad passed away in July. I’m so sorry for your loss. He and your mom were so special. They are free of pain and together again with your sister
My Dad was Captain of 7 Truck when Ray was a probe...I remember riding to and from E. 28th Street with him him a couple times when my Dad let me come to the firehouse for the day...Always a gentleman and I remember my Dad's being very fond of him.
May God Bless Chief Ray Brown and the Brown family. What an amazing lifetime of service to others. The FDNY is fortunate to have had Chief Brown as a dedicated and talented member of its ranks.
REST IN PEACE BROTHER......THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE BOTH MILITARY (US NAVY) & FDNY.....PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIES.....I had Friends in Harlem in the late '60s / '70s who quite often talked about Ray Brown .....I did not get to actually meet him until when I was working in R*2 & he was working in BN*57 & then the Chief of Rescue Services (the forerunner of SOC)..... after hearing of his outstanding actions at Fires I was a little surprised to see his calm demeanor & manner.... he was a pleasant & knowledgeable person to have as the Chief....I remember one time in particular when young R*2 FF Dave Defranco died in a SCUBA training accident....we were extremely heavy hearted ....I was one of the Pall Bearers & after the Burial when it was time to "take up" from Dave for the last time I was very sad & Ray spent time talking to me....I don't remember what he said exactly but I do remember it made me feel more at ease I guess I would say.....I never forgot that.
To The Brown Family,
Let me offer my condolences to you all on the loss of Chief Brown. I know that words cannot ease your grief, but they can help you understand that Ray touched many people in a positive way over his life.
I was one of those people.
He was my Captain in Ladder Company 43 a lifetime ago. Our service together was all too brief, yet he made me feel like a part of the FDNY family like no one had. He instilled in me the confidence that I could do the job and do it well.
Over the years he would contact me and attempt to recruit me into difference units which was always a great boost to my self-assurance.
Thank you for sharing him with me.
May you all continue in the arms of Grace and be assured that the sadness you feel is the greatest expression of your Love for him.
In your Faith you will be with him again.
Delbert E Coward
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
In memory of Raymond
Brown, Moloney Holbrook lit a candle
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.