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BROWNLEE – John Allan

February 15, 1954 – April 15, 2011

John Allan Brownlee, 57, passed away April 15, 2011, with his wife by his side in Calgary, AB.

John leaves behind his wife Edme; her children, Francisco (Silvia) and Pablo (Mirna); his children, Elijah, Anna and Daniel; and his grandchildren, Francisco Jr. Edme, Miranda and Ezekiel. He is survived by his sisters Elaine and Linda and his brother Gary. He is joining his brothers, Lloyd and Raymond; and his parents James and Frances Brownlee.

John was born February 15, 1954, in Red Deer, AB. He loved to teach, to share and to think. Characterized by a profound sense of truth and fairness, he devoted his career to improving people, communities and the planet.

A memorial service will be held at the Bow Valley Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (2526 – 24 Avenue N.W.) on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers John requested that donations be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Missionary Fund.

In living memory of John Brownlee, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Graham Scott :

    A good, good man…

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Edme.

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  2. My condolences and prayers to John’s wife, family and children. As my supervisor in the REAP days, I remember an unusual healthy ‘beet’ cake for the monthly unbirthday staff events. It was good! Also remember the training runs in the Edmonton river valley where discussions about intergrated resource planning (IRP) matters occurred. His interest in improving IRP were appreciated.

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  3. I got to know John in the 1980s in Edmonton. We shared some good times together. I met my wife at his wedding. I’m saddened to hear of his passing. My condolences to all his family.

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  4. Many memories of John from the glory days of REAP! A brilliant and unique individual. He will be sorely missed. My condolences to his wife and family.

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  5. I always enjoyed meeting up with John and trusted him very much. He always was very fair minded. Have been thinking about him all day and offer my sincere condolences to his entire family.

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  6. Cam McGregor :

    Very sorry to hear of the passing of John. Edme, we met at Martha’s memorial. Very sorry for your loss. A very courageous and clear thinking man. I will miss him.

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  7. Raymond Stemp :

    My condolences to Edme and all of John’s family – I’m sorry for your loss. Working with John over several years I always appreciated his consistent support, his intelligence and his sense of humour. (Oh, and wearing running shoes with a suit was always a nice touch.) Too soon.

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  8. John Marczyk :

    John and I worked together at the Resource Planning Branch of REAP for over a decade. We were blessed to be associated a remarkable “troupe” of professional planners and natural resource managers that not only worked hard in the public interest, but did so where innovation and fun were operative principles. Those days of comraderie, peronal and team growth and friendship are legendary. Each day was touched in many special ways by John’s passions: for family, at home and at work; for fair play, ensuring everyone was left better off working together than at cross purposes; and for open intellectual debate to make Alberta, his much cherished home province, a better place for future generations. John’s passing is to be celebrated for his wonderful accomplishments as a public servant, husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.

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  9. The great memories of a professional collegue and friend include yearly REAP managers meetings, the annual Banff-Jasper relays on the Mean Mountain Men team and never to forget John’s involvement with the Little Sisters of REAP Caper for Fred McDougall at the Deputy Minister’s Christmas Lunch in the Discovery Lounge in 1985. Memories will live on. To Edme and Family my sincere condolence.

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  10. REAP was a bunch of oddballs that achieved great things. John fit right in. He was meticulous, intense, focused and brilliant. Making a meaningful contribution and doing what was right defined his life.You were a point of light John, you left us much too soon and you will be much missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you Edme and all of John’s family.

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  11. Annette Vawter :

    Sorry to hear of John’s passing – worked with John in the good old REAP days

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  12. John was a good friend and a great work mate. He was instrumental in making our days within REAP rich and rewarding.
    I my deepest sympathies to John’s family, he will be greatly missed.

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  13. Rebekah and Jim Hiltz :

    Our deepest sympathy to the families of John and Edme. It was a shock to hear of John’s passing; he was a very intelligent, soft spoken man who was passionate and genuine. We didn’t know you long enough; you will be sadly missed, John. Edme, we are thinking of you and hope to make contact. Our prayers and love go out to you and your family. rebekah.hiltz467@keyanomail.ca.

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  14. Bruce Anderson :

    Sorry to find out about John’s passing, my deepest sympathies. I quite enjoyed working with John.

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  15. Suzanne Anderson :

    Edme & Family,

    My deepest sympathy from my family to yours. John was a great man, always looking to the positive side of life and an inspiration to those who knew him, he will be greatly missed. I was glad I had the opportunity to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with you Edme and all of John’s family.

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  16. Fernán Landeo :

    Es un dolor; pero a la vez el nacimiento de una esperanza, pues se ha iniciado el camino hacia el reencuentro, al que todos acudiremos de la mano de nuestro creador. Hermano John: hasta pronto.

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