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BROWN – Donald Edward

April 2, 1920 – April 23, 2011

Donald Edward Brown, born April 2, 1920, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 23, 2011.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Audrey Dora Reed Brown; his four children: Dawn Gartner (Mel), Janet Lamb (Bill),
Reed Brown (Teri), Craig Brown; his seven grand children: James Carswell (Ankie), Erin Gartner, Sara Gartner-Frey (Chris), Scott Lamb, Jonathan Lamb (Jana); Tia Brown (Dan Crowther), McKuen Brown (Stephanie Boyko) and his great grandchildren: Arwyn Carswell and Liam Carswell. He is also survived by his sister Helen Kidd and his brother Paddy Brown. He was predeceased by his parents, Mel and Ethel Brown, his brother, James Robert Brown, and his sisters, Elizabeth Townsend and Joyce Bowhay.

Don was born on his grandfather’s homestead in the Conrich, Alberta area and grew up in the Cochrane area. He went to SAIT to study radio technology. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1939 where he served in Montreal, England and Germany. Don returned from the war and went to Edmonton to study Education. He graduated in 1951 with a B Ed and MA. His Master’s thesis was on the history of the Cochrane / Glendale area.

He moved to Calgary and began his teaching career. Over the years he taught at Crescent Heights High School, Colonel Walker and served as Assistant Principal at King George and Viscount Bennett. When the CBE decided to computerize he became the Educational Coordinator for the School Board as part of the team that set up the initial computer system.
He retired in 1978 and embarked on many new careers that reflected his many talents and interests. He became a carpenter, a handyman, a farmer, a photographer, a collector and a world traveller. He spent 20-years as a Docent at the Calgary Zoo. He was a natural as a teacher and spent his life time learning and appeasing his curiosity. He loved life, camping and spending time with his family and friends.

A celebration of his life will take place at Prince of Peace Manor Banquet Room, (285030 Luther Rose Blvd, NE Calgary, AB), on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Zoo, 1300 Zoo Road N.E., Calgary T2E 7V6 or through their website www.calgaryzoo.com. Special thanks to the caring staff on Units 43 and 51 at the Peter Lougheed Hospital and to all the wonderful staff at Prince of Peace Manor.

In living memory of Don Brown, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Len and Sally Hall :

    Don was such a big part of our life for so many years – we have many fond memories, and are forever grateful for all the things he helped us with in our home and on our farm.

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  2. Diane Ramsay :

    Dear Audrey and family

    I am very sorry to hear of Don’s death. He was always a cheerful face on Mondays when he came into the Education Office at the Zoo. I learned much from him, including advice and hint when working with the hoofed stock we had at the time. I can still see him walking the llamas. And I often think of his remark about how he was always cautious around young men and pick-up trucks, and find myself being the same! He had a great sense of humor and he will be missed.

    My sincere condolences at this time.

    Diane Ramsay

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  3. Kim Kendal-Knitter :

    I had the great honour and pleasure to see Don many days at the Calgary Zoo. I can still picture his crinkly smile and hear his raspy chuckle as he would share yet another joke or witty observation. He was a bright spot in my day and I am saddened to hear of his passing. The world will miss such a fine old friend. We all can learn how to live our lives well and with such vigor from our memories of Don.

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  4. Michael and Monica Monner :

    Janet and Family,

    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your Dad and Grampa.

    He certainly had a full life and we would have been honored to have met him.

    Michael and Monica xoxox

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