It is with immeasurable sadness that the family of Pharrell Brown shares his sudden passing, Wednesday January 2, 2019. Pharrell, age 15, leaves behind his mother Simoney, father Patrick in Jamaica, sister Jada and brother Annuwah as well as many other family members in Jamaica who loved him. Pharrell was a diligent student at Barrie North Collegiate and a dedicated volunteer with children at Camp Promise Barrie.
Pharrell was a gentle giant of a young man, with a kind and giving spirit, who loved God and others with his whole heart. A celebration of Pharrell’s life will be held at Bethel Community Church, 128 St. Vincent Street Barrie at 10:30 am on Wednesday January 9, 2019. There will also be a time of visitation from 9:30am until the time of service.
Pharrell was born in Kingston, Jamaica to his mother Simoney and father,
Patrick Brown. Very early in his life he contracted meningitis and was in-
and-out of hospital over a four-month period. He recovered from this
although he took additional time to learn how to talk and walk. He then
showed how smart he was by learning to read before entering school, where
he excelled. Recently, he received a character and math award at High
School. Pharrell lived in Jamaica until immigrating to Canada in 2015 where he
attended Emma King, Algonquin Ridge and Oakley Park Elementary schools
before attending Barrie North Collegiate. His teachers loved him and he
loved school, excelling at reading, science and math.
Pharrell was a well-loved leader at Camp Promise, from the summer of
2015 until the present time, where he helped other younger children with
their reading and math skills, and helped out with whatever needed to be
done, including “crowd control” at school pick-up time. He was similarly
very helpful for his mom at home, putting the garbage out, shoveling the
Pharrell was always kind and helpful, and loved movies, shopping,
basketball, indoor games, and going into the water up to his neck because
he couldn’t swim. He loved food, as well.
Pharrell was diagnosed with diabetes in 2015, and it was complications
from diabetes that led to pancreatitis and heart failure. He will be
remembered as a“hands lifted high in praise, gentle giant of a young man.”
His presence will be so greatly missed amongst us all, yet his presence
forever with Jesus his Savior whom he loved, gives us great peace.
Sincerest condolences are extended to his mom Simoney, sister Jada,
brother Annuwah and extended family in Jamaica and USA.
Visitation from Bethel Community Church, 128 St. Vincent St., Barrie on Wednesday, January 9 from 9:30 am until time of service at 10:30 am. Cremation entrusted to Marshall W. Driver Cremation & Burial Service.
Simoney would like anyone who wants to remember Pharrell to not send flowers but give to Camp Promise.