Eric M. Brown, 42, died peacefully, yet unexpectedly, at Strong Memorial Hospital on July 25, 2019, following a stroke. His loving family was by his side.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. July 30 at Weldon Funeral Home, 102 East Main St., Penn Yan. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 31 at 10 a.m. followed by interment at Lakeview Cemetery.

Eric was born in Geneva on Aug. 14, 1976, the son of Arthur Brown and Arlene (Jane) Schuck Brown. He graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1994 and subsequently worked locally in retail. At the time of his death, he was the store manager at Big Lots in Geneva. He married the love of his life, Courtney Jensen on Oct. 13, 2007. They resided just outside of Penn Yan.

Eric is survived by his wife, Courtney; parents, Arthur Brown and Arlene (Jane) Brown; sister Colleen Brown; brother Patrick Brown and feline pets Pogo and Buster.

Eric made many friends during his years working at Ames and Big Lots. He also made good friends in his many years of involvement with Penn Yan Little League and the Neon WinterGuard. This gentle, kind and generous man will be missed by all, especially his by wife, Courtney, his family, his best friend Tim, “Friday Night Friends,” and all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to Keuka Comfort Care Home, PO Box 107, Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527 or to Humane Society of Yates County, 1216 NY 14A, Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527