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Christopher H. Brown of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at his home, under the care of his family and Niagara Hospice. He was born in Niagara Falls, NY, on January 14, 1955, the son of Rose (Mento) Brown and the late Harold C. Brown.
A graduate of Niagara University, managing partner of Brown and Co., LLP and member of the NYS Society of CPA's and the American Institute of CPA's, Chris was an active member of the community and served on numerous boards, committees and clubs, including; the Niagara Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Niagara Falls Public Library, CABA, Niagara County SPCA, United Way, Old Fort Niagara Association, Sertoma Club, KeyBank of WNY, Niagara Falls Board of Education and Artpark & Co. He also participated in and was a board member of the Leadership Niagara.
Chris was a proud recipient of many awards including the Kenneth Ford Niagara Award for Community Service, Buffalo's Business First 40 Under 40 Award, Leadership Niagara's William Warren Award and the SBA Accountant Advocate Award.
Among Chris' proudest achievements was his instrumental role in the completion of Artpark's outdoor amphitheater renovation, while serving as Chairman on the Board.
He enjoyed music, family vacations, concerts and was a master of surprises. As busy and involved as he was, he never sacrificed time with his family. He lived his life putting others first and will be remembered for his sense of humor, loving personality, integrity, strength, courage and strong will. Nothing brought him more joy than spending time with his family and friends, especially at "the Pharm."
Besides his mother, Chris is survived by his wife of 38 1/2 years, Suzanne (LaBarbera) Brown; two sons, Alexander (Lindsay) Brown and Christopher H. (Camille) Brown, Jr.; two daughters, Andrea (Corey) Gray and Allison (Christopher) Finitz; affectionately known as 'Buddy' to his three grandsons, Owen, Adam and Geoffrey; brothers, Michael (Lisa) Brown, Steven (Connie) Brown and Patrick (Maria) Brown; three sisters, Kathleen (Dr. Theodore) Jenkins, Maureen (Michael) Cacace, Jeannine (Kevin) Miller; and a sister-in-law, Linda LaBarbera. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Russell Brown; and Godfather of the late Jonathan Miller.
His family will be present today from 3-8 PM at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 901 Cayuga Street, Lewiston, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday at 10:00 AM at Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 2966 Independence Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY. Interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston, NY.
Memorials in his name may be made to Niagara Hospice.
Visit rhoneyfuneralhome.com for guest register.
Published on January 24, 2017
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