On October 24, 2020, Darryl Joseph Brown, a loving father, trailblazing entrepreneur, lover of life, and amazing leader transitioned at the age of 64.
Darryl was not only captain of the basketball team, but was a leader amongst his friends on the basketball courts and beyond. His love of basketball led him to becoming a referee, a member of the Sports United Benevolent Officials Association S.U.B.O.A., the Westchester Soccer Referee Organization, and led to his most successful business (out of the many throughout his career) – Sports Visions. He travelled all around the city and across the country filming basketball (and other sport) legends. He was known to many in the sports world.
His friends say “he was the smartest one of all of us”. Darryl valued education and intelligence, describing himself as a ‘bohemian intellectual’ with a serious aversion to conformity after being forced to read and write reports on the encyclopedia every summer of his childhood. His mother, Louise ‘Little Bits’ Brown, oversaw this project and loved him dearly as her one and only son. Following his beloved and proud time at Shaw University, he went on to graduate Bronx Community College at 63, following in his mother’s footsteps. He dreamed of earning his Master’s degree and creating a program for high school students. They would learn refereeing skills to become certified, creating a job pathway for youth who love sports just as much as he did. He often said the most valuable thing he could teach his daughter is how to learn.
He loved life and loved having fun. He was always proud of his mother’s clowning and his daughter, the clown’s helper. Darryl could be found any summer day with a high tech lounging setup, tripod, and camera at any free jazz event around the city. He loved going out to jazz concerts with his daughter, Shoshana. A musician himself, he played guitar and piano.
Darryl’s family was the most important thing to him as an only child himself. He cared and deeply loved his family and created an extended family who loved him just the same. He leaves behind a legacy and contribution to this world through his archiving of NYC sports. His memory lives on with his daughter, Shoshana Brown, and his family and friends including Calvin Greene, Butch Wise, and Sonia Rivera.
We invite you to celebrate his life with us Sunday, November 1st at 2pm on Aqueduct Ave and North St, Bronx NY for a good old block party like he would have loved. For shiva or condolence information please email Shoshana at firstname.lastname@example.org