Danville Rowan Brown, 39, of Provincetown, died on Aug. 5, 2020, at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. The cause is unknown, though the preliminary finding was respiratory failure; he had severe asthma, said his wife, Liz Lovati.
Along with Liz, he is survived by his children, Anthony and Caroline of Provincetown, Nevaeh Condinho of Hyannis, and Kaedaneal Brown of New York.
Danville was born in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, and graduated from Black River High School. He began to travel to Provincetown when he was 17, first working at Bubala’s by the Bay, where he discovered his natural hand and love for cooking.
In 2012, he opened his own restaurant, One Love, at 147 Commercial St. in Provincetown. The restaurant moved around along with Lovati’s own businesses. His Jamaican specialties were met with rave reviews; everyone loved his fried chicken.
In 2017 Danville and Lovati established Liz’s Café on Bradford Street, where he worked tirelessly as the breakfast chef. The demand for his food resulted in One Love being reborn this summer at the Aquarium Mall.
Danville also enjoyed success for many years as a house painter, starting his own company, DRB Painting. He continued to paint “on the side,” but his commitment and dedication to the family business made side work challenging.
Everyone was Danville’s friend, his family, or his “Tuggy,” a Jamaican term of endearment. There wasn’t anything that Danville wouldn’t do for someone, said Liz. Danville had an infectious smile, unforgettable laughter, a gentle soul, and a kind heart, she added. He drew people to him like a magnet; he had a strong work ethic and a willingness to help anyone.
Danville enjoyed music, loved a good time, was the life of any party with his dance moves. He had an unforgettable fashion style that you couldn’t help but admire. He will be remembered for his signature floral dress shirts and felt hats, and his amazing cologne.
In addition to his wife and children, Danville is survived by his adoring mother, Georgette Samuels, and her husband, Kingsley, of Provincetown; his sister, Tamesa Brooker, and her husband, Orlando, of Provincetown; his brothers, Michael Fray of Lowell, Sheldon Spence of Provincetown, Duken Brown and wife Netty of Northampton, and Kingsley Samuels of Del Ray Beach, Fla. He also leaves a sister, Natasha Brown of New York, and a stepbrother, Troy Samuels of the United Kingdom.
He was a beloved uncle to Sashanel, Amanda, Safara, Crystal, Shakira, Jamilah, Romario, Lemar, Krymeii, Christopher, and Isaiah. He leaves many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Danville was predeceased by his father, Lunville Brown.
Due to the new Covid-19 restrictions, calling hours will be held for everyone to say goodbye, but the number of people allowed in the room at one time will be limited. Face coverings must be worn, social distancing must be honored, and capacity regulations will be strictly followed.
The viewing hours will be on Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Gately Funeral Home, 94 Harry Kemp Way, Provincetown. A private family service will be held at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Provincetown, followed by a private burial.
To share a memory or place an online condolence for his family, visit the guestbook at gatelyfuneralservice.com.