Jerry Brown

Rhody Family Funeral Home

William Jeremiah Nephi Brown was born on Thursday, April 12, 1934 in Amabel Township to parents Nephi and Rotha Brown. Jerry was the oldest of eleven children and therefore had a lot of extra responsibility around the family farm, near Park Head. In time, he was joined by younger siblings Louis, Walter, Norman, Elmer, Reg, Mary, Violet, Barbara, Edna and Betty. He attended school down the road, outside of Park Head, however left school at the young age of 14 to enter the workforce.

In the beginning, Jerry worked at a variety of neighbouring farms before taking a job repairing telephone lines. In 1951, at the young age of 17, Jerry was repairing lines in Shouldice Settlement when he was invited to a local euchre party. This invitation forever changed his life as he met his future wife, Elva Joanne Bellamy. The young couple soon began dating and were married two years later on October 31, 1953. They enjoyed their first night as husband and wife honeymooning in Toronto where they were entertained by the many children in their Halloween costumes.

The Brown’s spent their first year of marriage in Shallow Lake before moving out to the Bellamy farm on the 14th of Keppel. Elva and Jerry’s family soon began to grow with the arrival of Robert in 1954, followed by Doug (1956), Phyllis (1958) and Ronald (1964). Here the family mixed farm with Jerry picking up some outside work to help support their growing family. Repairs and carpentry work was part of everyday life on the farm so Jerry soon ventured out to begin his own carpentry business. He had a strong work ethic and was extremely hard working so it should be no surprise that he soon began to see success in his new business venture. He worked mostly at home renovations and smaller construction projects and built his business slowly with hard work!

In 1974, friends encouraged Jerry and Elva to move south and they bought an undeveloped piece of property on the south end of Chesley. They went to work immediately and began constructing their home. It was June 1974. By fall, the house was roughed in and the family was moved in before the snow flew. This labour of love remained Jerry’s home until his death.

In their free time Jerry and Elva enjoyed camping and joining their fellow Gypsy Campers. In total there were approximately fifty or so couples who travelled the province attending numerous jamborees. These memorable experiences continued for approximately twenty years. In addition to camping and the jamborees Jerry also enjoyed square dancing and volunteering his time yearly at the Heritage Farm & Steam Show. He was also an active member of St. John’s United Church, where here too, he offered his helping hand whenever he could. Jerry was also known to cut his fair share of wood in his day and he thoroughly enjoyed this time with nature. Other interesting facts about Jerry include his phobia of snakes, that he was extremely ticklish and although he was a meat and potatoes man one of his favourite foods was sardines.

Jerry was an honest, hard-working man who was always helping others, particularly his family. In later years, he was a caregiver to his late wife Elva, and was always there to help her with her every need. Sadly, Elva died in December 2015 and Jerry was left to navigate the road ahead by himself. However, as fate would have it in time he was introduced to Bonnie Hemstock, who herself was also recently widowed. The two connected immediately as they had many similar interests. In recent years, they were regularly seen together, often out for a drive in Jerry’s brown Ford pick-up. Their friendship and companionship continued to grow with time and they both thrived, supporting one another. Their families were also extremely thankful for this relationship as it allowed both Jerry and Bonnie to remain independent.

Sadly, Jerry suffered a severe heart attack days before his death. Although difficult, he got his wish, and was able to remain in his own home until the end. In recent days, he received much love and numerous calls from his family as he recovered, but sadly it was not meant to be. Jerry passed away in hospital, comforted by his sons Doug and Ron, on Thursday, April 29, 2021 in his 88th year.

Devoted husband of the late Elva (2015). Loving father of Robert (Kathleen) of Texas, Douglas (Heather) of Woodstock, Phyllis (Roger) Provencher of Langley, B.C. and Ronald (Karen) of Woodstock. He will live on in the memories of his grandchildren, Sonja (Matthew), Erika (Rhye), Keith, Jeremy, Stephen (Ashley), Kate (Rob), David (Thessaly), Aaron (Amber) as well as his great-grandchildren Victoria, Josalyn, Alexis, Elyssa, Nicholas and Evan. Jerry will be missed by his brothers Norman, Elmer (Darlene), Reg and sister-in-law Sabina Brown. Lovingly remembered by Bonnie Hemstock, his dear partner and friend for the last few years, and the entire Hemstock family. Jerry was predeceased by siblings Walter, Louis, Barbara, Mary, Violet, Edna, Betty Lou and his parents Nephi and Rotha Brown.

A public opportunity to pay your respects to Jerry will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 6 – 9 p.m. Please note due to gathering restrictions Jerry’s family will NOT be present for the visitation, to allow for more extended family, friends and neighbours an opportunity to say goodbye to Jerry! In order to attend, all guests must call the funeral home and register – please call (519 363-2525) anytime daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to register. All visitors will be required to wear face masks and socially distance. A private funeral service celebrating Jerry’s life will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. A livestream of the service will be available on the funeral home website through Zoom beginning at 2 p.m. A recording of the service will also be available on the funeral home website on Thursday. Interment in Chesley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Lionel & Kay Gidney
May 6, 2021

Sorry to hear of the passing of Jerry. We met Jerry & Elva through Jack & Eileen Kay near Berkeley. Our condolences to the families.

Doug and Marlene Berry & Doris Lettau
May 4, 2021

To the Brown family, so sorry to hear about Jerry. He was a good neighbor to mom and dad when they moved into town.

Sandra Catcher
May 3, 2021

Extending our deepest condolences to the Brown family and to Bonnie Hemstock and her family. Jerry will be missed. On behalf of Milton and Frances Bellamy and Family.

Jack & Eileen Kay
May 3, 2021

So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. We had many good card games with Jerry and Elva ending with a good salmon sandwich made by Jerry and his bread machine with a cup of tea. We will cherish the times we spent with them forever. Our condolences to the family.

Don and Marlene Gautreau
May 3, 2021

Our sincerest condolences to the Brown and Hemstock families. Jerry was a very kind and thoughtful man, and will be missed by all. I hope the angels play lots of country music for you, and slip you a deck of cards. You are leaving behind many,many friends. Rest In Peace

Trish Tibbo
May 2, 2021

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Jerry was always so friendly and helpful when I worked at St. John’s. He will be missed.

Nancy Cooke Von Richter
May 2, 2021

Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Hugs

Brad & Jayne Tibbo
May 2, 2021

Ron & family
Our deepest sympathy to
you and your family .

Peter and Cathy Sheeler
May 2, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to Bonnie and the entire Brown Family. We will remember Uncle Jerry for his devotion and care of Aunt Elva. Our family was lucky to have Bonnie and Uncle Jerry share Boxing Day with us. Uncle Jerry loved a good game of euchre. We will cherish all our memories.

David Chittick,Ralph Guse and George Wrista
May 2, 2021

Jerry was a wonderful bush partner and he so enjoyed being out on the Chittick Farms,loved dancing to Dave,Ralph and George’s music and the jamborees.The wood splitter won’t work as fast without Jerry.

Congregation of St. John's United Church, Chesley
May 2, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to the Brown family and to Bonnie. Jerry was a faithful member of St. John’s for many years. He was still on the property committee and as recently as Easter (before the shutdown) in his usual seat on Sunday morning. Going to church was an important part of his life and he was an important part of ours. He will be dearly missed by all of us.

Kelvin and Wendy(Petrie)Bentley
May 2, 2021

To Ron and your family, so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Jerry & I had some great chats at church – it was always so. nice to catch up with everyone when we were home. Precious memories of our parents. Sending lots of love, Kelvin and Wendy

Theressa and Duane Stade
May 1, 2021

Shocked to hear of Jerry’s passing. He was a great neighbour in our earlier days and certainly from 2003 in the new shop. He would pop over to visit constantly I assume as he has helped build our first shop in industrial park in 1989/90. He will be missed greatly we as the family extend our deepest sympathies to the entire family.

Dale and Dianne Ahrens
May 1, 2021

Deepest sympathies to your family. We had many fun times at your house over the years. Phyllis you survived babysitting those Cooke girls and Ron you were the brother we never had! Remember your memories and hold on to them!
Hugs to all❤️🙏

Paul and Brenda Dent
May 1, 2021

For the last 20 years we were fortunate to be Jerry’s neighbour. He was not just a neighbour he became a great friend. He watched our children grow and we kept up with each other on all the home project each other was doing. Jerry was a very caring soul and we will miss him dearly. The fortunate thing for Jerry is he will no longer need our help with the latest technology. Heaven is far better equipped.
Our sincere condolences to Jerry entire family.

karen siegrist
May 1, 2021

I am so sorry to hear jerry has passed. We had a good visit two weeks ago in his laneway. Love to all Bob Doug Phyllis Ron and all your Families. Karen

Rob and Sharon Borho
May 1, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to Jerry’s family, and to Bonnie. We got to know Jerry through the Gypsy Campers. He was a great guy. May he rest in peace.

June Robinson/Dave Matthews
May 1, 2021

We were so very saddened to hear of Jerry’s passing. Sincere condolences to the family and friends. R.I.P.

Bessie Robinson
May 1, 2021

So sorry for your loss.

John & Judy Hemstock
May 1, 2021

We were so sad to hear of Jerry’s passing. He will be remembered by our family for many years to come, for his kind, gentle nature and his love for our dear mother Bonnie. We sure will miss all their visits to us while camping, always such a wonderful time! Rest In Peace dear Jerry til we meet again…

David & Brenda Hamel
May 1, 2021

Please accept our most sincere condolences on Jerry’s passing. He is one of the original neighbors when we moved into the neighborhood. He was a great, kind and wonderful man. Rest In Peace Jerry

Larry & Betty McLeod
May 1, 2021

Our sincere sympathy to all the Brown Families & Hemstocks. Rest in peace “Jerry”.

Ron and Vickie Abbs
May 1, 2021

So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing we enjoyed many good times with Jerry in the gypsy campers 96. He will be missed, our sincere sympathy to the family.

Don and Marlene Workman
May 1, 2021

We are sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. We always looked forward to seeing him when he visited his family in Woodstock. His happy go-lucky personality and kind heart will always be remembered. Our condolences to his family. Donny and Marlene Workman.

Eric, Carrie, Jill and Joy Schwippl
April 30, 2021

To Ron and Phyllis our condolences to you. He was a great neighbor and had a few chats when he would go for his evening walks. Now he can rest with his wife. RIP Jerry. Our prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

Donna McKeag
April 30, 2021

OMG, I am so sorry to hear this awful news of Jerry. I am thinking deeply of the whole family.They were always a family family. Had such great times with all of them. I am so sorry for Phillis and Ron. Now he is with his wonderful wife,, You will be missed Jerry.

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