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MILNE, J. Brown

October 15, 1932 – Goderich, Ontario
March 25, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

Rev. J. Brown Milne, beloved husband of Mavis Milne (nee Miller) of Calgary, passed away on March 25, 2017 at the age of 84 years.

Brown is survived by his wife, Mavis, and four children (Tim, Stephen, Lee, and Tracy), five grandchildren (Toben, Sydney, Kellee, Spencer, and Dustin) and three great grandchildren (Caeden, Nathan, and Rhys). He is also survived by one sister, Eunice Bisset.

Brown’s extended circle of friends and family can be found all around the world: London, Goderich, Ottawa, Toronto, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, N. Vancouver, Okanagan, Halifax and Debert N.S., Whitehorse, France, Germany, Denmark, England, Scotland, Australia, Maui, Malaysia, and Shanghai, as well as within the borderless halls of the Presbyterian Church.

Brown was actively involved at Camp Kannawin (in Sylvan Lake, AB) for many years in a variety of roles, including director, chaplain, supporter and board member – and the Milne family have great memories of their summers at Kannawin. He took on a variety of volunteer work in his retirement, including 10 years as a Canadian Cancer Society driver to help patients get to their treatments and many years as a “Pathfinder” in the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, where he also served on the Clinical Ethics Committee. Brown was involved with a “Backdoor” program to help street kids get back on their feet, and very much enjoyed his two years as a volunteer with the Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church “Side by Side” program for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.

Although he always enjoyed preaching, Brown’s first love was Pastoral Care, serving in the Calgary General for over 25 years. Brown would have celebrated his 60th anniversary of ordination and the 60th wedding anniversary for Brown and Mavis this spring.

Funeral Services will be held at Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church (4612 Varsity Drive N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T3A 1V7), on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences, stories, photos, or your favourite of Brown’s countless jokes may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com or emailed to memoriesofbrown@gmail.com. “Memorial donations may be made to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (dropdown menu at https://albertacancer.ca/donate/cancer-centres) or to Camp Kannawin (http://www.campkannawin.ca/supporting-the-camp.html).”

In living memory of Rev. J. Brown Milne, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Randy & Sue Chinkiwksy :

    Dear Mavis,Tracy & family,

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to you & your family at this time of sorrow. Tracy always spoke very highly of her dad & had the upmost love & respect for him. Brown will be dearly missed.

    Randy & Sue

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  2. David A Milne and Gloria Jean Nagy :

    You are in my prayers. I will remember Brown as a great uncle and friend.
    Love Dave and Gloria Jean

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  3. The Rev. Dr. Earle & Mrs. Dorothy Roberts :

    Our condolences to you and the family Mavis. Love and prayers surround you all.

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  4. sandi churchill :

    Our deepest condolences. Brown was exceptional in allhis work and volunteering, always with a kind word, a joke and concern coupled with that infectious smile.

    Sandi and Ian Churchill

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  5. Doug & Diane Bell :

    Dear Mavis and Family,
    Our sympathies to you. I will always remember lunches with him in the Calgary General Hospital cafeteria twenty years ago and more recently over pupus in Maui. Tonight at sunset, twelve of us raised our glasses to his memory.
    Doug and Diane

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  6. Vanessa Benjamin :

    Dear Milne family,

    My deepest sympathy is extended to you as a person that has known
    Brown since my teenage days working at the Calgary General. The
    most kind and sincere person that I have ever met. He will be sorely
    missed and I am deeply sorry for your loss.

    Vanessa,

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  7. Mavis and family: Many and happy are the memories of VAPC days with Brown and yourself!
    Both of you were so supportive of our ministry, with your own service there. And remember our “clergy conference” in Las Vegas! Please give our regards to “the kids”, especially Tracy whom we remember best. Among his many gifts, Brown’s calmness in crisis – and his sense of humour – have left their mark on more folk than you will ever know.
    In time, may you find comfort and peace of mind, cherishing Brown, as the gift from God he was to each of us. Love, Joan and Bob Cruickshank.

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  8. T & Max Lawrence :

    Dear Mavis
    We are at Maui with Roy and Kathy and heard the news. Our deepest sympathy for you and your family. We will always remember the many good times here at Kapulanikai with you and Brown and will send you a “toast” at Happy Hour tonite!

    T and Maxine Lawrence

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  9. Brad Tomlinson :

    My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. I will remember Brown fondly as a family friend and a good person who gave back to the world. Our mutual love of Maui was something we both shared and I will think of him when I am there. May God be with you and your family as a comfort during this difficult transition.

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  10. Christine Backhaus :

    The world has been a much better place with Brown in it.

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  11. Kathy and Roy :

    Dear Mavis and family
    Thank you so much for sending us Browns obituary prior to being published and the message was shared here at Kapulanuki to those who knew Brown. We are all saddened by his passing ,blew the horn and had a toast in Browns memory. Mr.T and Max are here as well as judge tom, judys sister and husband from Bend and Gary so again, one big happy family. I know Mavis that you will be surrounded by the love and support of your family. We wish peace to Brown, Take Care

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  12. Your friends at Tom Baker :

    Brown was such a joyful, positive and happy person. He always took the time to get to know everyone and to share a smile every single day. Thank you for your kindness, your patience and your enthusiasm. We will miss you so very much.

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  13. John Sullivan :

    Dear Mavis and family
    You know that he is in heaven and close to our Lord. The number of people that he has brought to the Lord through Calgary General and his time at the Peter Lougheed is great. He always had a good word to say about anyone and this was part of his trademark. Many people will have a hard time dealing with this but we know that we have the Lord to comfort us. If there is anything that I can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to ask. You and your family will be in my prayers. May the Lord watch over you and your family.

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  14. Arden and Linda Berg :

    Mavis and family
    Brown was a remarkable man and I always enjoyed our conversations. Our condolences to you and the family. He will be dearly missed by all the people he has touched and helped. He is with our Lord now.

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  15. Shelagh and Peter :

    Although we can’t be there, know that our hearts and thoughts are with you. Uncle Brown was special to so many people, he’ll be missed by us all.

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  16. Mickey Johnston :

    Deepest sympathies extended to Mavis and the entire Milne family. Brown was a good friend and a valued supporter of Camp Kannawin, where I have fond memories of working together over the years. May God bless you in this difficult time. Love from Mickey & family

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  17. Dear Milne Family,

    As is often in life, it was so random that I saw the notice of Brown’s passing. How sad I am that this extraordinary man has left our world. You do not know me but I could not let the opportunity pass to tell you how much meeting Brown meant to me and I have no doubt to many of the other lives that he touched. I first met Brown as he greeted me and escorted me to my first chemo treatment at TBCC. In that short meeting I knew that I encountered someone very special, someone who with his quiet, calm, gentle demeanor calmed my fears and settled my anxiety as we headed to that first frightening chemo treatment. Since I was a weekly chemo patient I always made a point of checking to see if Brown was volunteering that day and to have a quick chat, sometimes he would walk with me to the daycare so we had more time to visit. I know I was very privileged to have met this kind man even though there was little I learned about him during our short conversations. Now that I understand he was a Reverend, his special way of interacting with me becomes more clear. I am profoundly sorry for your loss and know that my world just lost some of its sparkle in his passing.. With my deepest sympathy, Sharon Love

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  18. Jonathan Chapman :

    Mavis and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as we remember your loving husband and father..
    Our family will never forget Brown’s kindness and friendship with our father as they worked side by side at the hospital.

    Knowing how Brown looked after those in his care and the way in which he lived out his faith is an example to us all.

    May God Bless as we look forward to seeing him again in the presence of our Lord.

    Jonathan Chapman (Rev. George Chapman’s son)

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  19. Byron Birch :

    Mavis and Family,
    My goodness, what an amazing man. It was such a pleasure to know him over the past 40 years. Our thoughts and prayers to all.

    Byron and Barb Birch

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  20. Brown was a kind, loving and compassionate man and above all else a loyal friend through even the most difficult roads.
    We will miss his smile and quick wit.
    In our hearts and on our minds with deepest condolences.
    Al & Kathy Roemer

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  21. Mavis and family

    Our dad George Chapman, could never say enough nice things about his friend and his “boss” Brown Milne. They shared such passion for the people they served and for the ministry they carried out so well and so faithfully. (And with much laughter)

    Imagine heaven with those two reunited! As a family we are so grateful for Brown’s life and pray for God’s peace to now comfort and enfold you as you face this time of sorrow. May you enjoy the many wonderful memories and look forward to that great reunion when you will see him again.

    God bless.
    Sheila and Doug Free and the George Chapman clan

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  22. Jim krueger :

    What an amazing man he was. I knew Him through our Voulnteer work at the foothills hospital and Evan all these years later he asked how my mom Trudy krueger was doing he will be missed by Voulnteers and staff

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  23. H and C Swaney :

    Brown was such a loving comfort to all. Our Medicine Hat connection created a common bond. I greatly valued his imput on the Worship and Music committee over the last number of years. We were sorry to have missed his service, but our thoughts and prayers have been with you all at this time.
    Heather and Charles

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  24. Gwen Simpson :

    Dear Mavis and Family,
    Brown was special. I once felt his kindness and support during a difficult period in my life. I will not forget him. With sincere condolences, Gwen Simpson

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  25. Joan Furtney :

    Dear Mavis and the Milne Family,
    I was fortunate to work with Brown at the Calgary General Hospital, the Peter Lougheed Centre and then reconnected with him at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Brown was a mentor to me as well as a supportive team member as we both worked in the services of palliative care. Together we facilitated bereavement groups for our patients’ families.
    More recently, I transferred to the TBCC where Brown volunteered with the patients. Although he was a ‘volunteer’ , I know that his strong sense of supportive care would be felt by all of those patients who crossed his path. He was an admirable man and will be deeply missed.
    Sincerely Joan Furtney

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