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Hamilton, NY 13346
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Brown Naik

Brown Naik

September 17, 1947 - August 15, 2020
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BROWN NAIK

NEW BERLIN: Brown Naik,72, of N. Main St., passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at his home. He was surrounded by his loving wife and daughters, who sang to him and prayed with him as he entered his eternal home.
Brown was born on September 17, 1947 in Muklingia, G. Ugayagiri, Phulbani, Orissa, India, the firstborn son of Solomon and Mondakini Naik. He was a graduate of Hubbock High School in Orissa, India; Utkal University in Cuttack, Orissa, India, where he received his BA in Oriya, Economics, and History; United Theological College in Banglore, India where he earned his Bachelor (Master) of Divinity degree; Princeton Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master of Theology degree; and Corpus Christi State University where he received a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling. He also pursued training in Clinical Pastoral Education at Corpus Christi Medical Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
On August 23, 1975, Brown married Alice Maynard at the Smyrna Baptist Church in Smyrna, NY. He was a United Methodist Minister from 1978 until November, 2019, serving churches in Gibson, Lakeside, and S. Gibson, PA, Lounsberry and Nichols, NY, and Union Center United Methodist Church in Endicott, NY (for 25 years). Following his official retirement he continued to serve the Marathon United Methodist Church in Marathon, NY for over four years more. Brown loved people and was devoted to serving them in any way he could. He was extraordinarily gifted in his relationships with people, showing Christ’s love, kindness, and joy every day of his life. He had a knack for learning names upon first meeting people and remembering their names for life. Strangers were just friends whom he had not yet met. He took special delight in introducing many of his friends to chicken curry, which he delighted in making. He enjoyed gardening, beekeeping, music, reading, and international travel. He traveled the world, including seven trips to Israel, and trips to Eastern Russia, Australia, the Baltic nations, Europe for the Passion Play, and an epic Amtrak trip across the US to visit Yosemite National Park and the Grand Canyon.
Brown was a loving and devoted husband, father of four daughters, and grandfather of ten beautiful grandchildren. His Savior and his family were his greatest joys. Surviving are his wife, Alice; four daughters, Janice (Jeremy) John of Jamaica Plain, MA; Sunita (Andrew) Groth; Laureen Naik of Washington, DC; Jessica (Tom) Ross of Abington, PA; grandchildren Micah, Simeon, and Ada John, Gabriel, Adelaide, Asha, and Eden Groth, and Rosalind, Everett, and Owen Ross, sisters, Banalata (Prasant) Digal, Saibalini (Hemant) Tandi all of Endicott; brothers, Caleb (Puspanjali) Naik of Endicott; Potel Naik of Muklingia, India; and David Naik of G. Udayagiri, India; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Surama Naik.
Private graveside services were held in the Fairview Cemetery, New Berlin.
In lieu of flowers or the Memorial Tree, donations can be made to India Mission Project Inc. Online donations can be made at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/donate-widget/21351. Checks can be made out to India Mission Project Inc and mailed to P.O. Box 511, New Berlin, NY 13411
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  • Graveside service

    Location
    Fairview Cemetery, New Berlin
    Address
    School St.
    NEW BERLIN, NY 13411
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Tammy Bassett

Posted at 03:36pm
Alice and Family,
Praying for you all. Brown was truly an inspiration to so many and a blessing to me. I have enjoyed keeping in touch with him for over 20 years since I left NY....his devotions, your Christmas letters, and a message on line here and there, and seeing all your beautiful babies growing up. He will truly be missed, but have touched so many lives. Love to all, Tammy & Bob Bassett
 
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Laureen Naik Posted at 07:33pm

Thank you so much for your kind words, Tammy. We so appreciate all of the love and prayers. Love and blessings, Laureen
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Bill Krapf

Posted at 12:06pm
Dear Alice and girls,
You know how much we loved Brown, you and the girls. We are deeply saddened by his passing, but we know where he is and we know he will always be in our hearts. May God grant you peace at this difficult time. Brown was there at one of our darkest times when my Mom died and again at one of our happiest times when he married Paula and Jamie. Memories are so wonderful and we will keep all of you in our memories forever.
Much love,
Bill & Trudy
 
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Laureen Naik Posted at 07:34pm

Uncle Bill & Aunt Trudy, thanks so much for your loving message. I have so many good memories of you all and I know you meant a lot to my dad. Thank you for your love and prayers. Love & Blessings, Laureen
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David and Sandy Cleveland & Family

Posted at 07:00pm
In loving memory of Brown who radiated the presence of the Holy Spirit in this world.
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Richard D. Anderson

Posted at 12:23pm
Even though we only saw each other occasionally, Brown was always kind and supportive to me in my own ministry. It was always good to see him in New Berlin. He was a true blessing to many and will be missed. Blessings and prayers for comfort and peace for his family. Retired Pastor Richard D. Anderson, New Berlin, NY
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