Dennis Michael Brown

December 7, 1976 ~ October 9, 2023 (age 46) 46 Years Old

Dennis Brown Obituary

Dennis M. Brown, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 9, 2023, joining his father, the late James C. Brown in heaven. If you had a relationship with Dennis, then you know he was a truly loving soul. His friends and family grieve his death because it feels he left us too soon, without a proper goodbye and one last hug.

Dennis Brown was born on December 7, 1976, in Scranton, PA, and most recently resided in the Greater Jacksonville area of Florida.  He was the youngest child of Mary D. Brown (Cawley), Orlando, Florida and the late James C. Brown. He is survived by his mother and his siblings James (Jennifer Harris) Brown, Scranton, PA; David (Lisa Jo Epstein) Brown, Philadelphia, PA; Denise Brown (Steve) Fuller, Orlando, FL and a close circle of extended family. He graduated from Abington Heights High School in 1996.

As a person with disabilities, Dennis faced many visual and physical challenges. With the support of his loving family, Dennis was able to live independently and secure employment at Publix Supermarket for the past 17 years. He was able to achieve his independence under the guidance of several loving support coaches - most recently DeAnne Burgess and Sarah Paffe.  He found a home and community in Jacksonville and showed us by example how to create a life. Dennis was a member of the Clay County Change Makers Self-Advocacy Group and was a passionate advocate for community safety and inclusion for people with disabilities.

Dennis was a great lover of animals. He was passionate about his visits to the Jacksonville Zoo. Family was everything to Dennis. Most of all, he loved to be included in activities, and he really enjoyed giving advice to all who would listen. His playful jokes and teasing will also be dearly missed.

With the tip of his hat and a warm smile, Dennis would greet all those he encountered - remembering names and developing friendships along the way. Dennis leaves behind a legacy of hope, joy, and friendship.  When we remember his hopeful smile, we are reminded of his conviction that faith and friendship will carry us through difficult times. 

A memorial will be held for immediate family and friends in Jacksonville (more information to follow), and in lieu of flowers, donations are requested in memory of Dennis Brown to the Clay County Change Makers Self-Advocacy Group at:  Clay County Change Makers, 4805 Kalmia Circle, Middleburg, FL 32068


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