Ralph R. Brown (August 04, 1935 - September 09, 2015)

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Obituary

Ralph Rankin Brown

August 4, 1935 - September 9, 2015

Ralph will be fondly remembered for his strong sense of family, good friends and traditions. Right through his battle with cancer he demonstrated his tenacity and determination and just last month on August 4th Ralph achieved his goal to enjoy his 80th birthday in style.

Ralph was a proud member of one of the pioneer Vancouver families and he delighted in saying that he was a 4thgeneration Vancouverite. His great grandfather came to Vancouver with a family of 5 in 1883 from P.E.I. Ralph's strong Canadian heritage goes back even further to when his great grandmother's family came from Scotland to P.E.I. in 1721.

Ralph was the eldest of four sons born to Ralph Sr. and Madge (Rankin) Brown. He was predeceased by dear brother and close friend Alan C.M. Brown. He is survived by his treasured wife, Brenda, his sister-in-law, Alix, his brothers Peter M. (Joanne) and Bob (Joan) and his brother-in-law Peter (Sara) Mallen. Ralph's legacy will live on through his much loved children Malcolm (Lisa), Sarah and Roger (Renate) and much loved step-children Richard Hayes (Therese) and Jennifer Smythe (David). Ralph was adored as Pop by his 8 grandchildren (Lewis, Lucia, James, Sophie, Fraser, Macgregor, Francesca and Nolan).

During the second World War Ralph lived in Kelowna B.C. attending Vernon Preparatory School while his father was overseas. On returning to Vancouver in 1945 he attended St. George's School and the University of British Columbia where he received a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1959. During the time he was at university he was also a member of the Canadian Armed Forces - B.C. Regiment (D.C.O.R.).

Ralph was a partner of one of the largest private insurance brokerage firms in Canada and he later served as the president of two mining companies exploring for precious metals in Canada.

Ralph's interests included politics, travel and he always had a true sense of community involvement. He was able to combine these interests throughout his life. A keen adventurer, Ralph travelled through Greece, Turkey, and Jordan. He then drove from Cairo to Cape Town by van, then by sea to Argentina, and by land to Peru. He was active in politics on all levels from West Vancouver municipal elections to Liberal Party activities, both provincially and federally. He was a founding member of Heron Rocks and treasured memories of summer days on Hornby Island. He enjoyed all BC had to offer from his cowboy days in the Chilcotin, to taking full advantage of his time as a member of the R.V.Y.C. boating the west coast waters.

In his later years he was a very avid reader and often had several books on the go, with a particular fondness for political biographies. He cherished his many friends, new and old, maintaining several friendships throughout his whole life. He delighted in the camaraderie with his card playing pals and time with a small circle of special old friends enjoying monthly lunch.

A Service of Remembrance will be held for Ralph Rankin Brown at St. Mary's Church at 2490 West 37th in Vancouver on Thursday, September 24th at 3:00 pm. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers a contribution to the Salvation Army would be appreciated.
Published in The North Shore News from Sept. 16 to Oct. 15, 2015
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