Obituary of Wilford Ernesto Brown, Jr.
Wilford Ernesto Brown Jr. was born in Parke Lefevre, Panama Republic of Panama, on May 19, 1943, to the late Wilford Ernesto Brown, and Daisy Carmen Fitzpatrick-Brown. Wilford was the second eldest of his five siblings. Roberto Ernesto Brown(deceased), Sandra Elaine Brown-Baker (deceased), Ricardo Enrique Brown (deceased), Colette Eva Brown-Small, and Rene' Emil Brown.
Wilford’s family spoke fluent Spanish in and outside the home. He was educated and accepted by the Seventh-Day Adventist Faith in 1954. Later, Wilford and his siblings migrated with their parents in the 1960s to Brooklyn, NY.
Wilford’s father played an intricate role in his life. Following in his father’s footsteps, he was a faithful and vibrant servant of The Most High. He was a Sabbath school teacher, and Pathfinder leader, who forged young minds with the Lord's Word. He was immersed in the Christian Church Community, running food drives to charity work, he dedicated life-long support to the work of The Most High.
He served in the US Army for three years and at the time of his departure, he was given an honorable discharge. During his time in the service, the title held was SP-4. He joined the service after being drafted to serve in Vietnam. Due to Wilford's stance with the Lord, he requested not to serve as a soldier on the frontlines, due to his beliefs and his duties to keep the laws and commandments of God. Honoring his beliefs, he was granted the request and worked as a fourth-ranked Specialist. His ability to lead and possess special knowledge, afforded him to receive the position of Rank Four Specialist, Stationed at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC.
During the 70’s he helped with dealing with emotional traumas like shell shock, PTSD, and physical damage. Over the course of three years, he and his comrades were estimated to have helped over 1,200 wounded soldiers. Upon ending his career in the service, Wilford became a graphic designer in Long Island, NY.
Wilford met the love of his life, the late Pullandaye Sinanan, at Bethel SDA church. They courted one another for over sixteen years. They married on January 31, 1999, and the two were inseparable. They gardened together, something his late wife enjoyed doing. She tried her hardest to teach him to cook, but that was something he just couldn’t do. What made their union even more promising was the Love and dedication his wife had for the Lord. Both their passions for God fueled their love for each other. His love for his wife also extended to her three daughters who he helped raise.
Wilford is survived by his three daughters Deborah Maloney, who was his caretaker and who also upheld her promise to her late mother to care for her dad. Celeste Maloney, whom he refused to move down to Georgia with and broke her heart in a million pieces. Amelia Sinanan who also assisted her sister with his care during his last month’s battling a broken heart. His grandchildren Kahlil, Camille, Yoel, Yosiyah, and Madison who he helped raise and guided in the same walk with The Most High. Madison was especially close to her grandfather and will be forever bonded to him through all the wonderful memories they shared throughout their time together. Great-granddaughter Alicia Katalina, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Wilford was generous, full of light, and compassionate. He enjoyed the simple things in life. So many can attest to his giving heart, and always being there to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed one. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Forever imprinted on our hearts. Rest in Peace to a job well done, God's true and faithful servant.