John William Edward Brown
October 09, 1924 – December 24, 2020
Brown, John William Edward – December 24, 2020
Sadly, on Christmas Eve, Jack died at age 96 after a brief illness, predeceased by the love of his life Mona McGain on January 11, 2018.
Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1924, he emigrated to Canada in 1948. He received his CA from McGill University, went to work for Clarkson Gordon and joined Pepsi Cola Canada in 1956, where he had a stellar career that eventually saw him in the role of President of the Canadian operation. From there he joined the Ontario government, as General Manager of Ontario Place, and prior to retiring, he was Vice President, Finance at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. On retirement, he continued to work, indulging his love of gardening by joining the team at Islington Nurseries in Etobicoke.
He and Mona raised 3 strong and independent women – Patricia (Alex Simard), June (Henry Benzoni), and Kathleen (the late Henry Makenbach) with much love and laughter. Some of the family’s happiest times were on Dunrae Avenue in the Town of Mount Royal and the entire summers spent in Cape Cod in their home there. He will be so missed by his daughters, by his grandchildren Danielle (Rob Griffin), Sarah (Karl Giersch), Scott (Caroline Bolland) and Brian (Nora Jakab), his great-granddaughters Heidi and River, as well as much-loved nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless dear friends.
He was an avid curler (Town of Mount Royal Curling Club in Montreal, the Boulevard Club and the Granite Club in Toronto), a great tennis player for many years, and loved to watch golf and NFL football. A voracious reader, he passed his love of books to his children, and with a quick mind, aced the New York Times crossword puzzle every morning.
Our special thanks for their compassionate care go to Dr. Youssef and the nursing staff on 6 south at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Donations in Jack’s name can be made to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
A celebration of a life well-lived by a man well-loved will be planned for later this year.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of John William Edward Brown October 09 1924 December 24 2020..
Death notice for the town of: Oakville, Province: Ontario