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Obituary of Rykelan R. Brown


Rykelan R. Brown, 4, died at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY on May 29, 2024. Rykelan was born on May 24, 2020 in Cortland, NY to MacKenzie Brown.

During Rykelan’s first year life, he was loved and cared for by his mother MacKenzie and his aunt, Tasha Sweeney. July 2021, Rykelan came to live with foster parents, Samantha and Theo Adams. He was a happy toddler who loved to snuggle. He had the best smile, the bluest eyes you ever saw, and became everyone’s best friend immediately. To know Rykelan was to love him.

Once Rykelan learned to talk, he always had a story to tell. He was a creative, joyful, silly little boy. His favorite toys were cars, construction vehicles, and dinosaurs. Rykelan loved books and always wanted an extra story at bedtime.

Rykelan was able to donate his heart and kidneys to help other children heal and thrive. The hospital staff who cared for him in his final days were kind, caring, and professional.

Rykelan is survived by his mother, MacKenzie Brown; grandparents Debbie Brown and Chris Beckhorn; aunts Tasha Sweeney, Lauren Maricle, Kara Brown, and Brianna Brown; and cousins Mavis Morgan, Ava Green, Trenidy Beaman, Parker Hayes, Raidyen Hayes, Emerson Hayes, Paxton Elliot, and Liana Evener.

Rykelan is remembered by his foster parents Samantha and Theo Adams; their extended families, colleagues, and friends; and his Head Start teachers, aides, and classmates.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, June 8th in the Chapel of Riccardi Funeral Home (69 N. Main Street, Cortland) from 1-4pm.

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