Ronnie Brown Jr., 47, of Providence died on October 14, 2021 at the RI Hospital after a short illness. Born on July 1, 1974 he was the beloved son of Patricia (Tomasso) Brown and Ronald George Brown Sr. One of three boys, he was said to be born mischievous.
He started getting into trouble at a young age, whether it was hanging from a mantle on their home fireplace or he was causing general chaos and migraines for his poor mother. Ronnie made his points of view known to anyone whether they asked or not and his stubborn personality gave him the opportunities to learn, whether good or bad, Ronnie almost always took a lesson from his experiences. He made his public debut of pranks and tricks on an episode of Hard Copy in the early 90's; his wife watched this episode and laughed at this young teen in a Hawaiian shirt who fell for a sting operation; she unknowingly married him almost 12 years later.
When he wasn't being a wild card, Ron was a caterer and restaurateur with a few local companies that he bounced between for years. He was a man of luck, some would say too much luck, but luck nonetheless. You could find him on the Stinkin' Rich machine at the River and loved to take his mother Patricia to Foxwoods and Mohegan - together they would lose hours but never money. When he wasn't spending money at the slots, he was laughing over the local obsession with scooters and mopeds... or, more sincerely, admiring fast cars.
As the years went by, Ronnie met and married a woman who could actually keep him in line (for the most part) and together, Melissa and Ronnie had one child, an Angelic version of his father named Ronald Michael Brown. Together they raised Little Ronnie to be a responsible and reliable man, Big Ron was incredibly proud of the man his son became and was sure to remind him that he was a pain but he was loved unconditionally. Melissa was always so proud that her son got one trait that was distinctly Ron; his big heart. Ronnie was a loving and dedicated man who gave whatever he could to the people who relied on him, he was known as the big brother: big head, big fists, big heart. He had many friends who relied on him for his wit and quick snapping comments; his laughter was boisterous and truly contagious.
Ron was a father to more than just little Ron, he was the proud pet dad to his favorite dog, Bebe, and 2 spoiled cats, Mittens and Chloe. He loved his animals without restrictions, all of them were more than pets, they were truly members of the family who gave the orders around the house. Careful to never disturb them unless for his own amusement, Ron was always fawning over these small creatures that were convinced they were the boss. When Bebe died, Ron was devastated and made sure to carry a piece of Bebe wherever he went.
Aside from Mittens and Chloe, Ron is survived by his brothers, Kevin Brown and his fiancee Kerri, Michael Brown and his partner Rhonda; their mother, Patricia Brown; his loving wife, Melissa Onorato; his son, Ronald Michael Brown; his in-laws Cynthia DeVito and Dennis Flynn; and his cat-siblings, Blaze, Mommy Cat and Zoey. He is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, the staff at Twin River, and friends.
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