January 29, 1962 - January 23, 2020
On January 23, 2020, Eric Franklin Brown was reunited with the essence from which we all come.
Eric was born July 29, 1962 to George Ellington Brown and Marian Edwards Coffee in Rockaway Beach, New York. As a child, he attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic School. He graduated from Beach Channel High School During his time in high school, he made many friends whom he is still close with til this day, fondly referred to as the "fellas".
Eric had an immense love for music. He spent much of his time and money on music and musical equipment. With his close friends, he frequented the popular music stores in the city such as J&R Music World, Disc-O-Mat, and Tower Records. Eric's dream was to someday own a nightclub. He made cassette tapes of dance music and sold them. He also DJ'ed at birthday parties and weddings. He ate, drank, and slept music. If Eric could sing, he would have competed with his favorite musician, George Duke. Some of his other favorite musical artists included Prince, Sting, Stanley Clarke, Herbie Hancock, and Earth, Wind, & Fire.
At the age of 19, Eric married the love of his life, Carol, and became a devoted father to his four children, Marlone, Erica, Lori, and Clarise. His wife was the anchor by which his dreams of having a loving family were built. His friends recalled the incredible joy he felt becoming a husband and father. He always mentioned how proud he was of his children and, despite separating from Carol in 2010, he constantly let his love for her be known.
Another profound event in Eric's life was his journey to Nigeria to gather information about our African heritage. He lived among the Yoruba people, learning of their culture and religious beliefs, bringing him to accept them as his own. He was made a Babalawo (priest) and took the name Ojelola Ajani Ifasakin. This became an integral part of his life's work to further his relationship with God as well as help others on their spiritual path. He approached this mission with fervor and enthusiasm until the day he left his life here on earth.
Those who have met Eric, whether briefly or long term, described him as a kind and gentle soul who greatly cherished the time he spent with his friends and family. He seemed to appreciate those moments long before anyone else understood how precious they were.
Eric is survived by is wife, Carol Ann Brown; mother, Marian Edwards Coffee; brother, Trevor Scott Brown; sister, Tae Ellin; cousin, William Serries; son Marlone Keith Silva; three daughters, Erica Frances Brown, Lori Ann Brown, Clarise Marie Brown; two grandsons, Rhys Savion Silva, Ruari Ethan Silva; granddaughter, Carolyn Joyce Iler, and many other loving family members and friends.
He is preceded in death by his father, George Ellington Brown.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2020 at Arlington Burial and Cremation. The family will receive friends starting at 1p.m. until the hour of service.
He was my love, and I will forever keep him in my heart. Rest well in Orun oko miFunmi Fasakin - January 31 at 4:34 PM
Eric was a consummate DJ back in the day! He was passionate about the business and I learned much from him being his partner on the 'wheels of steel'. His mother, Mrs. Coffee, was always very gracious. We had lots of fun. His neighbors were less enthusiastic about the music! After I went to college, we did not keep up much until I heard from him in 2019. We meant to see each other since he was living in Augusta and I was in Atlanta. Our schedules got in the way until I heard of his passing. He will be fondly missed. Lisa and I send our love to his family and friends.Manny and Lisa Castro - January 30 at 10:33 AM
My condolences to the Brown family. Your dad was a beautiful soul. I met him years ago at a picnic he had at your home in Queens. I met the fella's in college and I considered all of them my brothers to this day. I never had brothers until I met your him, Dre and Oscar. He will be missed but I will always hold our fond memories in my heart. Ase'Jahvet Thomas - January 29 at 2:58 PM