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Gerald Brown

BROWN, Gerald Alexander On October 9th, Gerald Brown passed suddenly in a traffic accident. Gerry was a man of many talents and skills. A farmer, a mechanic, a teacher, an engineer. A prolific inventor and builder of his ideas. A machinist, a plumber, a carpenter and electrician. He was an artist, a musician, and a poet. An accomplished pilot. A landscaper and a stone mason. A naturalist. An historian, genealogist, and traveller. A philosopher and a comedian. Rinkmaker to the Greater Metropolitan Warminster Area (GMWA). He was a son, a friend, our Father and Grandfather. And he was his beautiful Marion's "first husband and former sweetheart" of 51 years. He leaves behind a legacy of love that touched all the world around him. A Father and indispensible guide, protector, and supporter of Christine (Lazlo), Andrew (Allison), Karol (Graham) and David (Kelly). A doting and playful Grandfather to Cameron, Liam, Lexi and Logan. Predeceased by his parents, Alec and Dorothy Brown. Loving Brother to Esther Nash (Dale, predeceased) and Barbara Canning Brown (predeceased). Uncle and cousin to numerous generations of people who looked up to his kind laugh and insight. Friend to all who met him. An exceedingly capable man who excelled at everything he took on, his credo of "people do it, and therefore I qualify" will resonate with all who knew him. His example and leadership can be seen in projects across Ontario, including the fields of his birth-home near Hampshire Mills, to the house he built with his Father and Father-in-law, where he raised his family on Mt. St. Louis Road. For the last two years he and Marion made their homestead smaller, moving into Riverwalk in Coldwater, Ontario, where their friends and activities expanded. Here Gerry focused on volunteering; playing guitar and singing at retirement homes and the Coldwater farmers market with "The Medonte Three" and giving rides for Helping Hands. And he was Chief Engineer to the ongoing restoration of the S.S. Keewatin, a floating museum and vision into yesteryear, which scratched his itch to keep his technical skills in use for a purpose he believed in. It was on his way to his beloved S.S. Keewatin at Port McNicoll where Dad's river emptied into the ocean. Throughout his many years of flying, motorcycling, and living the life he wanted, he was very aware there is always an end. He never feared this. He lived fully and wonderfully. And he left the world as he lived in it; doing what he loved. A Celebration of The Life of Gerry Brown will be held from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday October 29th at Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club, 1151 Hurlwood Lane, Orillia, Ontario, with speakers at 2:30pm. Donations in Gerry's name to Friends of Keewatin will be gratefully received. A memorial fund has been established to create THE GERRY BROWN KEEWATIN ENGINEERING INTERPRETIVE CENTRE, where his recently completed steam engine model displays the workings of the ship's engines for all to see. Donations can be made as follows: 1) By deposit or money transfer at any Royal Bank branch In Memory of Gerry Brown to the RJ and Diane Peterson Keewatin Foundation (Friends of Keewatin), account # 03082 10 927 3, or; 2) By cheque or money order made payable to "FRIENDS OF KEEWATIN, in Memory of Gerry Brown", PO Box 189, Port McNicoll, ON, L0K 1R0. Gerry, Dad, we love you and are grateful for all you have done. Yours was a life very well lived. You will be missed dearly.13217900
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Posted by Jack & Nancy Gillard (friends) On Thursday, November 2, 2017
Marion we just heard today!! We are so sorry to hear this news. If there is anything we can do to help or talk please . Love to your family . From all our family The Gillards
Dear Marion and Family
Posted by Ray and JoAnn Sharpe (Friend) On Thursday, November 2, 2017
Ray and I were so sorry to hear of the loss of Gerry. Heaven has gained another very special Angel. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
With sincere sadness
Posted by Glenna and Mike Tinney (Neigbours) On Monday, October 23, 2017
We send our regrets for a fine man taken too soon. To each and everyone who loved Gerry may all the good memories be foremost in your thoughts at this time of grief.
My deepest condolences
Posted by Jean (French) Campbell (TLSS staff) On Thursday, October 19, 2017
I was so sorry to hear of Gerry’s sudden passing. I have wonderful memories of his time at Twin Lakes where he worked with Frank and I. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Marion & Family
Posted by Lloyd Reid (former neighbour, friend and colleague) On Monday, October 16, 2017
So sorry to hear of Gerry's untimely passing. I think of the many times we were together through work as well as through neighbourly interactions. His incite and wisdom always amazed (and entertained) me and that, coupled with his humour, made for many interesting discussions. May the emptiness you feel now be softened by the great memories you have of him. Our thoughts are with you all. Lloyd and Diane

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