Nate W Brown, Jr.
  • 63 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 27, 1952
  • Place of birth:
    Barton, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: Dec 5, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Cumming, Georgia, United States
Let the memory of Nate be with us forever

NATHAN WELLINGTON BROWN, JR. 63

Nate "Bebop" Brown, originally of Ithaca, NY was called Home on December 5th 2015 in Cumming, GA.  His final days were spent surrounded by family.

Nate was born September 27th 1952 in Barton, NY to Nathan, Sr. and Jean (Pinkham) Brown.  At only 9 months old, he contracted the polio virus, which malformed his left arm.  He never let that disability hold him back, and proved to be the best at everything he did.  He attended Ithaca High School in Ithaca, NY.  Nate was always free-spirited and left home at the age of 14 to travel the country.  He later completed his GED in 1992, which he excelled at, obtaining an almost perfect score, even going on to teach adult math.

Nate was mentored by his long-time friend, Slotteo Ruggiero, whom he looked up to like a father and respected immensely.  He went on to open up his own business, "Nate's Shoe 'n' Leather Repair," in Watkins Glen, and eventually Ithaca, NY.  After checking that off his bucket list, he went on to another master craft of his, cutter-grind.  He worked as a machinist for Ithaca Gun, Therm, Omni, and Stork H&E Turboblading before retiring to Georgia to be with his daughter and her family.  Nate was a jack-of-all-trades and mastered each and every one of them.

He enjoyed wood-working, playing dominoes, and spending time with his grandchildren.  There was rarely a night he wouldn't be out in front of a campfire (we won't mention just how "close" he was to some of those fires...).  His love for camping, hunting, and fishing was apparent in so many of his stories.   He loved his freedom, and felt most free riding a Harley Davidson, a love he passed down to his children.  Anyone who knew Nate, knew he didn't have a serious bone in his body; he was always full of life, bringing laughter and sarcasm with him everywhere he went.  He never cared what anyone thought of him; the eternal goofball.  He is still waiting for his cheerleading uniform he earned while cheering on the Newfield Cheerleaders from the stands.  He loved sharing his memories with anyone who would listen.

Nate is survived by his three children, Jason (Kelly) Brown of Danby, NY, Sarah (Kenneth) Seymore of Cumming, GA, and Dustin (Crystal) Brown of Trumansburg, NY, five grandchildren, Mackenzie, Wesley, Kaelyn, Emilee, and Kennedy, former spouse, Donna (Corey) Brown, sisters Mindy Dahl, Janie Staples , and Hollie Brown, brothers Barry Brown and Gary Swarthout, Jr., many nieces and nephews, and an amazing group of friends Jim and Mary Spicer, Tammy Polmanteer, Bryan Quinn, Mike and Shelley Bennett, and so many more.

He is pre-deceased by his grandparents, Eva Nina and Charles William Pinkham, and Cecil and Edna Brown, mother Jean (Pinkham) Swarthout, father Nathan Brown, Sr, sister Susan Lampila, and close friend Brett Anderson.

Nate fought a courageous nine month battle with brain cancer.  His family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Atlanta Cancer Care, Radiation Oncology, and Intensive Care Unit at Northside Hospital Forsyth,  and Embracing Hospice for the excellent care he received throughout this final season of his life.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, December 13th, 2015 from 12 - 2:00pm at Bang's Funeral Home, Ithaca, NY.   A celebration of life will will follow at The Moose Lodge from 3:00-6:00 pm.  A Private service and burial will be held the following day for family and close friends.

Memorial Contributions can be made in Nate's honor to the Atlanta Cancer Care Foundation, Inc. at http://atlantacancercarefoundation.org/donate/.  Written memories can be left at http://www.forevermissed.com/bebop.  

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Sarah Seymore on 5th December 2016

"I miss you. Life is different without my sarcastic dad.... that guy who didn't have a serious bone in his body.  My world is forever changed. A piece of my heart that is forever numb. I love you dad."

This tribute was added by Mindy Dahl on 5th December 2016

"Not one day passes that I think of you and susie . I miss you both so much. God has his plans and it is not for me to question ,  but I sure could use your smile, humor and even sarcasm. I miss my buddy so dam much it hurts. I know your looking at us giggling and saying "hey I am having a great time with all the angels don't worry it is fine ". Hope so."

This tribute was added by margaret polmanteer on 5th December 2016

"Sorry God took you to early, but you are in no pain now.
May you rest in peace. We all miss you. Hope your having a beer with the rest of us today!!!!!!!!! Marge, Merle"

This tribute was added by Mindy Dahl on 19th December 2015

"Had a cardinal visit me today. Sitting just our side my window. I know it was you, thank you for your love my brother. Send a sign to your children, they need it so much right now. Save a place for me at that dinner table. Love to all the family that left before you. I know you arrived safely. When I lay myself down  to bed the other night the word risen appeared to me , I thank God knowing he was telling me you arrived in tacked. Peace ,"

This tribute was added by Mindy Dahl on 19th December 2015

"Had a cardinal visit me today. Sitting just our side my window. I know it was you, thank you for your love my brother. Send a sign to your children, they need it so much right now. Save a place for me at that dinner table. Love to all the family that left before you. I know you arrived safely. When I lay myself down  to bed the other night the word risen appeared to me , I thank God knowing he was telling me you arrived in tacked. Peace ,"

This tribute was added by Janie Brickhouse on 10th December 2015

"this doesn't seem real. you were one in a million Did your own dance to your own Music . You were the Strongest Man, "your my Hero".. I Love  you and the World is lost without your Laughter, Heaven gained a Legend. We are all going to miss you but will Smile from all the Memories that you gave us. Peace My Brother, Dance in Heaven Hug our People."

This tribute was added by Pixi Lott on 10th December 2015

"There will NEVER be another Like Nate ! One of a kind lovable jokester  I will hold your memory close to my heart . RIP my friend RIP <3"

This tribute was added by Pam Oconnor on 9th December 2015

"God bless."

This tribute was added by Mindy Dahl on 9th December 2015

"This candle is forever burning, miss you !"

This tribute was added by margaret polmanteer on 9th December 2015

"HI Nate , we didn't know you very long , but you did like to raise a little hell but that was you. Were all going to miss you ,may god be with you always. Tammy's mom, dad....
Margaret, Merlyn Polmanteer"

This tribute was added by Glenda Hix on 7th December 2015

"Nate I'm going to see you again my friend. Until then watch over those grandchildren of yours and let the family know that your watching over them. You had such a good time in all you did. I know your having the besr time ever. Thanks fir the memories and sharing a part of your life with us. Enjoy my friend."

This tribute was added by Donnie Darling on 7th December 2015

"May God accept Nate into the glory of Heaven, he has sure earned it. I have known Nate for about forty years and traveled many of life's roads with him. He was one of a kind and there will never be another like him. I worked with Nate at several places during our years together and became very close friends. He was always ready with a smile or a joke, a never ending cheerful personality that will surely be missed by many. Rest now in the arms of the Lord forever Nate, I'm going to miss you my friend."

This tribute was added by Barry Brown on 7th December 2015

"Nothing to say you my brother will be missed! My heart aches"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Gainer on 7th December 2015

"Sending our deepest condolences to Nate's family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all."

This tribute was added by Denise Hubbell on 7th December 2015

"RIP Nate..you will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family."

This tribute was added by Tay Maree on 7th December 2015

"I love you uncle Nate! Rest easy and don't raise too much hell with aunt Susie up there❤️"


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