Vale Ronald Alfred Brown

We lost a true Rabbitoh on the 8th of May 2022 when Ronald Alfred Brown also known as ‘Porky’ passed away.

Ronald ‘Porky’ Brown

Ronald ‘Porky’ Brown was born on the 6th of August 1933 in Waterloo and raised in Garden Street, Redfern. He played rugby league with the Alexandria Rovers around 1950 and the team he loved was of course the mighty South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Les Brown & his uncle Ron.

Ronald was Rabbitohs TV co-host Darren Browns grand fathers brother. Ron was the younger brother of the Australian Hall of Fame boxer Darby Brown and the uncle of Les Brown (Darrens dad).

Darren Brown said “My pop Timmy was older than Darby and Porky. There were 8 siblings in total, six brothers and 2 sisters with the oldest to youngest being Billie, Thomas (aka Timmy), Phyllis, Thelma, James, Leslie (aka Darby), Porky and Keith.”

Ron had 6 children, 21 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren and 15 great great grandchildren.

The boxing Browns.

“3 (Darby, Porky Keithy) of them fought on the 1 card at the Sydney Stadium. 2 out of 3 won. Darby was odds on to win and got beat. Only recently Darby was inducted into the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame.”

Sydney Stadium, Rushcutters Bay. (1908-1973)

Rons son Gary has fond memories of watching his mum Irene and dad dance. “They were extremely good, and I watched in awe, they were like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astair.”

A Tribute To Ron – By Josephine Vella

A cherished man you were

Until the very end,

When you fought with all you had

For your body to defend.

Ron Brown with daughters Cheryl & Lynette.

You had a fighting spirit

And a spark that would ignite,

When you’d hear your favourite music

And your feet seemed to take flight.

Ron Brown with big sister Phyllis.

Your love for ice-cream was known

And like a little boy,

Your face would light up when

A bowl would bring you joy.

Glory Glory to South Sydney

The team who stole your heart,

As a lifetime fan of whom

You cheered on, through every part.

Irene & Ron Brown.

You’ll be forever missed

But now you’re there up high,

Dancing cheek to cheek with Irene

In a now more beautiful sky.

By Steve Mavin with thanks to Lynette Tebbenhoff (Brown), Les Brown and Darren Brown.

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1 thought on “Vale Ronald Alfred Brown

  1. Well said, I am a proud member of the Brown family . One of the proud daughters of his sister Thelma May Brown (nee Elyard) Gloria Lynch (nee Elyard) we all shared many good times with this loving family.
    So sad to see the last of this generation gone. Such a sad day for so many to see this circle has closed. They may be gone but will never be forgotten.

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