John W Brown

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17/01/1937 – 05/12/2020
John recently moved to Minster-On-Sea but was born, grew up in and lived the majority of his life in Chatham, Kent.



John grew up and went to school in Chatham. He met his beloved Shirley in his teens and they went on to marry and spend a wonderful 62 years of marriage together. They had their son Paul in 1963 who they both absolutely doted on and he became the centre of much of their adventures, along with daughter-in-law Ann, their grandchildren and eventually great-grandchildren.


From an early age, John had a love for animals. Working on farms from a young age and eventually going on to be a Top Pigeon Fancier, people would come from afar to buy the birds he bred as they were top quality racers. John ended up with quite a collection of trophies to show for his pigeons. John didn’t stop there, his skills extended to being able to hatch eggs bought off the supermarket shelf, quite remarkable really.


His pigeon racing took us all out on many a family drive out for a day to the countryside somewhere. Singing in the car and Nan with her picnic all packed up made for a lovely day of memories. Often with a stop of at a farm somewhere on the way back too, again his love for animals. a right Dr Dolittle!


John loved going along to watch our local football team, Gillingham FC, with Paul and John Jr for many years. Eventually, he also enjoyed watching our own John playing too, right up to a few weeks before he passed. They also shared a love for boxing and would often watch a number of other sports together too.


In his younger years, John had a love for his Triumph motorbike and with Shirley in the sidecar, they would often venture off on holiday or all over the coast. They loved being beside the sea, surrounded by friends and family. Shirley would pack up a picnic, often with a roast chicken and flask of gravy, and off they’d set for the whole day, as long as they were all together. Lots of fond memories by all.


John and Shirley lived and loved for each other and for family, we were everything. When things got hard we were their reasons to carry on. They taught us all so much about strength, resilience, forgiveness, love, compassion and hope. We have a lot to be thankful for the legacy they have both left behind (Shirley bravely passed away of Uterine several weeks before John) and many many fond memories. However, they also leave a very large hole in the hearts of those of us left behind.



John William Brown sadly passed away after contracting Covid 19 in Hospital.
He’s now lovingly reunited with his wife of 62 years, Shirley, both dancing and chuckling, swaying together somewhere by the sea.
He was a fantastic, hard-working and supportive Father to Paul and Daughter in Law Ann.
A fun-loving dedicated Grandad to Victoria, Charlotte and John.
A besotted and proud Great Grandfather to Lillian, Ruby and Eddie.


John will be sadly missed by all his family and those who knew him, his bright infectious smile, love of life and his cheeky nature will live on through us, his heartbroken family.

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