August 26, 1936 ~ September 9, 2020

Born in: Antigua, West Indies
Resided in: Gardena, CA

In Loving Memory of:

5 Star Executive Chef Wilson A. Brown Sr.

Sunrise: August 26, 1936 – Sunset: September 9, 2020


Chef Wilson A. Brown Sr. was born on the beautiful island of Antigua, West Indies, on August 26, 1936 to Stanley and Pearline Brown. Wilson’s Love of God took precedence over all things in his life. His career as a very young Chef began on the beautiful island of Saint Thomas, at the Sheraton St. Thomas Grand Hotel and Gardens. While traveling, Wilson worked at various hotels specifically in Long Island, New York. Wilson continued working as a Chef on the beautiful Tegra Cruise Line sailing across Europe. Later, he decided to accept an Executive Chef position at the Ambassador Hotel located in Los Angeles, California, where he met and married his wife Ruthann Brown. Wilson decided to enhance his career and attend the world known Culinary Institution in Hyde Park New York, to receive the highest honor in Culinary Arts. He often said that was one of his greatest achievements. Wilson later taught Culinary Arts at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, and took his students across the world to successfully compete and return with numerous gold and bronze medals. Wilson later joined the Chef de Cuisine Association of California (CCAC), in which he became the Vice President of the Western Region and was chosen to write the monthly articles in the CCAC Magazine. In 1989 Wilson was the first African American to win Chef of the Year in the CCAC, which was posted across the USA, and his picture is now located in the Chefs Hall of Fame at the Burbank Culinary Arts Institution in Burbank, California. Wilson worked for the Stock Exchange downtown Los Angeles Marriot Corp. He was President Ronald Regan’s personal Chef at the Century City Hotel. Wilson designed the first Chocolate Oscar for Wolf Gang Puck for the Academy Awards. He also worked with Executive Chefs at the Bonaventure Hotel, Hilton Hotel, etc. He finally decided to take an offer from his mentor, 5 Star Executive Chef Marvin Slaughter, and remained Head Chef over 8 South Bay Hospitals in San Pedro Providence hospital, in which he remained for 18 years retiring in 2009. Wilson was always asked what he majored in, and he would always answer in his soft loving West Indies voice, “My majors consist of hard work and all cuisines.” Outside of his work place, Chef Wilson and his wife and children owned Browns Catering Service for over 30 years. He catered and serviced large weddings, city and governmental events, quinceaneras, baby showers, and many more events across southern California.

Chef Wilson loved and was extremely dedicated to his Church and Church family, Bethany Church of God and Christ, located in Los Angeles, California. He always served a 5 star meal after Church dinners whenever needed. Chef Wilson Brown would whisper to his wife in the Church dining area, “I think some of the people are coming off of the street and that’s a Blessing for the Church.” With a loving soft smile of happiness, he often gave cookouts and parties at their beautiful home in Gardena, California. Chef Brown always had amazing private times alone with the love of his life, his wife Ruth, traveling around the world and spending lots of time at their beautiful Las Vegas Time Share and Resort. After retiring from San Pedro Hospital in 2009, on a daily basis he would ask his granddaughter China for a set of good lottery numbers. He would walk to the neighborhood corner store, and play of course, his birthday 1936 and the 5 numbers from China.

Chef Brown also enjoyed nurturing his own vegetable garden, and would often give collard greens too his neighbors in Gardena. He loved his female dogs Precious and LuLu whom passed in 2015.

Sadly in 2014, Chef Wilson Brown was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and passed away in his sleep on September 9, 2020.

Chef Wilson Brown Sr. leaves to mourn his wife, children, grandchildren, brothers, extended family, and a host of dedicated friends, neighbors of Gardena, California, and the Bethany Church family.

2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

The family of Chef Wilson Brown Sr. would like to thank you for your prayers. May God continue to keep everyone safe.


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  1. candle 4Wilson you will always be a dear friend to me. I will never forget our wonderful times at the Ambassador Hotel…You were like a big brother to me, always looking out for me. I’m so happy that we reconnected again and you got to see that I made it okay…I could you were proud of me. I ALWAYS will treasure yours and Ruth’s friendship. May Hod rest your soul and your spirit be in the presence of the Lord. My deepest condolences to Ruth and your immediate family…

  2. candle 4Chef Brown, Was an amazing Chef! He was a giver to his industry and Young Culinarians everywhere he had an opportunity to engage them. I was lucky to one of the recipients of his luv to Young Chefs as well as his profession. He and his luv for the Culinary industry will be deeply missed. The CCAC will mourn him. Prayers and Blessing go out to him and his family during these times of great grief.


  3. candle 1I have had the distinct pleasure of working alongside Chef Wilson Brown with the CCAC on the board and I always treasured his patience and his wonderful thoughts. I received the CCAC Chef of the Year Award 10 years after Chef Wilson received his award. He would tell me “Daniel, one of these years you will have the opportunity to receive this wonderful award and to be in the presence of many great chefs!”. When I received this honor, Chef Wilson was right up on stage with me to congratulate me. What an honor that was.
    RIP Chef Wilson Brown
    You were a wonderful human being!
    God Bless

  4. candle 4Our deepest condolences to your dear wife Ruth,Carla ,and the whole family. Mr Brown such a gentle soul, may you find eternal peace in the arms of our Heavenly Father . You will forever remain in our hearts. Rest In Peace Mr Brown

  5. candle 2Sending God’s comfort to my cousins, and the rest of our family. Though I’ve not kept up with everyone through the years, I’ll always remember Uncle Wilson exhibited a quiet confidence. May he rest in eternal peace.

  6. candle 1My deepest condolences to the family. I had the honor to work with Chef Wilson for a few years. One of the best people I ever met. Take comfort in your memories as you grieve. May Chef Wilson Rest In Peace.

    Blanca and Antonio Vargas

  7. candle 2I enjoyed working with Chef Wilson at San Pedro Hospital. His quiet demeanor was always calming. My deepest condolences to the family. God Bless

  8. candle 3My condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of working with Chef Wilson at San Pedro Hospital for many years. He was kind and caring. Rest In Peace Chef Wilson.

  9. candle 7I love ❤️ you chef 👨🏾‍🍳 Wilson you will be missed🙏🏻 I’ve known you since I was 16 years old and I learned soo much from you. I’m glad I had the opportunity to see you in your last home at Seacrest where I worked, I enjoyed seeing you every day at my kitchen door saying hi and talking to you every day I worked, I’m going to miss that and you❤️ May you Rest In Peace with chef 👨🏾‍🍳 Robert Serna another great one I learned a lot from I love you both 🥺🙏🏻

  10. candle 7My condolences and deepest sympathy to the family. I worked with chef Wilson at San Pedro LCMH since I was 16 like I said I learned soo much from him💙🙏🏻I’ve known him for 30 great years, he will be missed🙏🏻

  11. candle 7My deepest condolences to Chef Wilson’s family🙏I’ve known him Wilson for over 30 years from San Pedro Hospital😢thank you for all you showed me May You Rest In Peace ❤️

  12. candle 8Providence LCM San Pedro Dietary Department is with the family during this difficult time, May the lord be with you, our condolences to the family

  13. candle 7Uncle Wilson you will be dearly missed. I remember all of our Sunday call conversations, my biggest regret is that you did not live in New York for us to see you more.

    You fought a good fight, you have finished your course, and you kept the faith:
    Therefore there is laid up for you a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, shall give you at that appointed time.

    May you have a sweet rest in the arms of Jesus, you are at peace now. Take care of my mom and Uncle Marcus, we know you guys are looking down on us.

    Much love and blessing
    Your Niece Carolie

  14. candle 4A heart of gold stopped beating two shining eyes at rest God broke our hearts to prove to us he only takes the BEST. God knew you had to leave us but you didn’t go alone for part of us went with you the day he took you home. You will never be forgotten a ray of sunshine you cast for those who LOVE and lost you, your memory will always last.


  15. candle 7MY deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Chef Wilson. You are now in the hands of our Creator, may your soul rest in peace. You will be missed Chef, It’s been a great pleasure and honor working with you side by side. Thanks for everything.

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