Ray Robert Brown
The greatest gift I ever had came from God, and I call him Dad.
Dad (Ray Brown) passed away at his home on July 17th in his 98th year in
Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Is. and has joined his dearly missed wife of 71 years
(Dolores Margaret) who died Nov. 25, 2008.
He often expressed loneliness after her death but took great pride in how he looked after her in her later years—cooking, cleaning and nursing—both of them in their nineties.
He is survived by his daughters Beverley Rae Lintott (Keith ) of Coutenay, BC, Sharon Lynne Hubley (Gord) of Nanoose Bay, BC, Wendy Joyce Brown of Burlington Ontario, and his son , Bryan Wayne Brown (Lynne) of 70 Mile House, BC. He also leaves behind 9 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Dad was born June 8, 1916 in Rimbey, Alberta. He was one of 10 children of which only 2 brothers remain (Pat and Elmer). He enjoyed returning to Alberta each November for yearly hunting trips with son Bryan, his brothers and nephews. He often credited growing up and working the family farm with contributing to his strong work ethic and sense of responsibility that he carried with him into the Air Force and on into the automotive business world as an engineer and marketer.
Upon retirement, he moved to Vancouver Island to fulfill his dream of owning a marina. After that, never one to rest, he joined the sales team at Joe Cunningham Ford for the next 15 years until he was 83 years young.
Dad has lived in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Illinois and British Columbia either doing front line work, in administration or as a consultant. He saw all problems as challenges. He was analytic, driven, and a creative problem solver both at work and at home.
He was passionate about sports, politics and his family. He loved the BlueJays, the Canucks, the CFL and all things ‘golf’. He shared his political views with anyone who would listen and was a faithful supporter of the Conservative party.
He never stopped learning about the world or trying to improve his golf game. He loved to play with his son-in-law Keith as far back as the 60’s in Brandon Manitoba and continued to this year in Courtenay, B.C. As Late as June of this year he could be seen at Fairwinds Golf Club, where he was a proud member, with his son-in- law and “best friend” Gord.
Cremation has taken place at Yates Funeral Home where he will be interred with Mom. He will be missed by his feral cat and walking companion, Mollie, and missed beyond words by his family. R.I.P. Dad.
There will be an informal Celebration of Life at the club house at
Fairwinds Golf Course on Aug. 8th from 2 to 4 P.M. No flowers please.