MARION JANE BROWN August 1927 - March 25, 2021 Marion's family is heartbroken to announce her unexpected death on March 25, 2021, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto in her 94th year. She was greatly loved and an inspiration to all who knew her throughout her long life. Marion was predeceased by her parents, William and Edith Craig and her brother, Don. She was the beloved wife for 49 years of David Brown who died in 2017. Marion is lovingly remembered by her son, Don Caunter (Sandra); stepson, Chris Brown (Melanie); stepdaughter, Clare Brown (Derek de Gannes); and by her grandchildren, Erica, Emma, Moira, and Garrett. Marion graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A. in English when she was in her 40's and shortly thereafter she followed this accomplishment by attending art school. A keen reader throughout her life, Marion read a staggering four books every week. She was an accomplished artist and many of her beautiful floral watercolours grace the walls of family and friends. Marion and David were avid travellers and cyclists. They enjoyed many cycling vacations with Butterfield & Robinson to France, Italy, and China. For years, they spent most of the winter in the Sarasota area and many of their friends and family visited. During the summers, they rented a variety of cottages in Ontario and Quebec and many family members enjoyed their hospitality. Their beautiful home in Rosedale was a happy and vibrant place with most days ending with a G & T before dinner- always with Tanqueray and Schweppes - no substitutions. Marion was a formidable and passionate bridge player who constantly pushed herself to improve her game. She was a member of the Leaside Bridge Club and Toronto Bridge Club. Our family will miss her keen intellect, excellent apple pies, banana bread, gourmet cooking, and her zest for life. Two weeks ago, Marion was overjoyed to receive her Covid-19 vaccination and she was eagerly anticipating the day when the world would return to normal and she could be with friends and family again. Sadly, this was not to be. We would like to thank the friends who played virtual bridge with her twice a day over this lonely last year- you sustained her. A memorial for family and friends will be announced at a later date once Covid protocols permit such a gathering. A donation to the Salvation Army, TV Ontario or the Canadian Council for the Blind in Marion's memory would be appreciated.
Published in The Globe and Mail from Apr. 2 to Apr. 6, 2021.