Brownell Nichols Ferry

August 13, 1937


Brownell Nichols Ferry of Kennett Square, PA departed this life on December 22, 2020 at the age of 83.  He was born on August 13, 1937 in Hackensack, NJ to the late Arthur Nichols Ferry and Agnes (Armstrong) Ferry.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Mary Nell (Farmer) Ferry, formerly of Bristol, Virginia; two sons, Craig Armstrong Ferry married to Gina (St. Louis) Ferry and David Brownell Ferry married to Karen (Key) Ferry.  Dear to his heart are his three grandchildren, Lauren, Connor, and Natalie.  Brownell is also predeceased by his twin brother, Daniel Whitney Ferry and his sister, Jean (Ferry) McCreedy. 

His formative years were spent in Bernardsville, NJ where he graduated high school.  Brownell was a 1960 graduate of Virginia Tech where he received a BS and in 1966 an MS in Metallurgical Engineering.  He enjoyed a successful career in the steel industry where he specialized in metallurgical engineering and product development.  His career brought about several moves.  In Michigan, Brownell pursued his interest in sailing as a member of the Grosse Ile Yacht Club.  After moving to Pennsylvania, he was a member of the New Castle Sailing Club and the Wilmington Rowing Club in Delaware.  Brownell was also a member of the Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church.  A compassionate and giving person, he volunteered at the Seaman's Center, Brandywine River Museum of Art, and the Habitat for Humanity Restore.  He was an avid birdwatcher, steadfast “Hokie” Virginia Tech football fan, and had a keen interest in genealogy.  Brownell always had a humorous family anecdote to share. Family and friends will remember Brownell (Brownie) as a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather and a true gentleman.  Though we grieve his loss, our lives have been immeasurably enriched by having known him.

Memorial donations may be made in Brownell’s name to the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, Route 1, PO Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. or Habitat for Humanity at

Services will be private. 


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