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Donald K. BROWN
By Donna-Lynn TYMOCHENKO Monday, August 25, 2003 - Page A14
Donald K. BROWN
Husband, father, grandfather, salesman, friend. Born on January 30, 1931, in Toronto. Died June 11 in Sudbury, Ontario, of cancer, aged 72.
Don BROWN was born over a butcher shop on Bloor Street in Toronto as the only child to young immigrants from the British Isles. Like many of their generation, his parents toiled long hours in the shop to build a better life, yet the year after Don entered Vaughan Road Collegiate, they purchased a fishing lodge and moved the family north to the French River.
Never one to focus too strongly on his academics, Don commented that "the Rhodes Scholarship people don't bother me much..." and was happy to begin a new life in Northern Ontario.
He helped his parents run the Bon Air Lodge on the French River for years and became an expert fisherman. But as a young adult he eventually moved back to Toronto in the early 1950s. He always said that it was here that a chance meeting of a young Mothercraft nurse, named Gwen DIZZELL, changed his life. They dated for a year and married in November, 1954, in my mother's hometown of Smiths Falls, Ontario I was born in 1957 in Sudbury where my Dad was establishing himself in the sales industry. My sister, Lu-Anne, was born three years later.
In 1963, Dad began a career in Sudbury in sales with The Mutual Life of Canada, later Clarica Life, where he remained for almost 40 years. Initially working six and seven days a week to establish himself, he built a reputable business in a profession he loved. Eventually he earned such industry honours as Mutual Life's "Agent of the Year," was a Clarica Hall of Fame inductee and was a Million Dollar Round Table member for more than 25 years.
He also enjoyed years of public speaking within the insurance field where he spoke passionately about his industry and the need for a positive attitude in all aspects of life.
My parents travelled extensively and always enjoyed the company conventions that allowed them to keep in touch with many Friends they had made over the years. While my Dad thrived in the insurance industry, he thrived even more so in his community.
He was a member and past president of Idylwylde Golf Club in Sudbury for 40 years, and enjoyed helping the Sudbury Boys' Home Charities. He was a proud Sudburian and fiercely defended his choice to live in Northern Ontario. He loved his cottage on the French River and remained an active fisherman.
He was very proud of both his daughters and what they had accomplished, and never missed one of our recitals, Christmas concerts, ski races or awards ceremonies when we were young. He always instilled the value of hard work and an education in his four grandchildren, whom he adored. He was the best "Bumpa" in the world.
In 1996, he and Gwen became winter residents in Sarasota, Florida, buying a home and establishing wonderful new Friends, yet always looking forward to their return to Sudbury each spring.
The end came quickly for him, with very little warning from an unforgiving disease. He returned home from Florida this past April and it was shortly after that he received the diagnosis of his illness. His last days were spent with family and Friends, with my mother rarely leaving his side. His sudden passing has left us all grieving and missing his ever-present sense of humour.
Donna-Lynn is Don's eldest daughter.
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