Kenneth Charles BROWN
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BROWN, Kenneth Charles
(February 13, 1925 - June 24, 2016)
Peacefully in his 92nd year surrounded by family. Beloved husband of Ruth (née Johnston) for 68 years, father of David (Margaret), Deborah Card (Cameron), Chris (Jane), and Andrew (Jeannette); proud grandfather of Catherine and Alison; Sarah, Jonathan (Melissa), Caitlin and Whitney; Nathaniel, Rebecca and Gabriel; and Joseph; and great-grandfather of Bennett and Madeline. Son of George W. and Vera Brown (Kenny); brother of Shirley Hadwen (John); predeceased by sister Sylvia Gwynne- Timothy (Jack) and brother Roger (Janet); fondly remembered by a large extended family. After graduating from Victoria College, University of Toronto, Ken served in the Canadian Forces Intelligence Corps 1944 - 46. He then attended Balliol College, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar before joining the Department of External Affairs in 1948. His 40 - year foreign service career began with UN conferences in Geneva and Paris, continued with postings in Havana, Berne, and Washington, and culminated with appointments as Canadian Ambassador to Cuba, Haiti and Sweden. Ken was a devoted family man who greatly enjoyed summers at the cottage. A skilled canoeist, he undertook many storied trips in Algonquin Park and beyond. Ken derived particular pleasure from bird watching, duplicate bridge and tennis. He was a world traveler, well known for detours to obscure locales in order to add another country to his life-time list. Blessed with a fine tenor voice, Ken sang for over 40 years in the choir at MacKay United Church. In the last ten years his activities were limited by increasing health problems and memory loss, sustained with patience and dignity. A gentle and loving soul, he will be missed by all who knew him. The family wishes to extend especially warm thanks to the staff at Perley Rideau Veterans' Health Centre for their care and support. Memorial service at MacKay United Church, 37 Dufferin Road, 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 6, 2016, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christie Lake Kids or the MacKay United Church Memorial Fund.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Jul. 2, 2016.
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July 14, 2016
Dear Ruth, on behalf of your friends in the Biblion Club, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your husband. The thoughts of all of us are with you at this difficult time. Annette Bourgeois, President
Annette Bourgeois
July 8, 2016
July 7, 2016
To Andrew and my nephew Joey I Express my condolences to you and the family during this difficult time
Tom Keon
July 6, 2016
Sincere condolences to Andrew and the whole family.
Your sisters and brothers of Plymouth-Trinity United Church keep you in their thoughts and pray that God will give you the strength and serenity you need in these difficult times and beyond.
With love,
Rev. Samuel V. Dansokho
July 6, 2016
HI Ruth and family, so sorry to hear about Ken, and what a lovely text you wrote for us to read. And a touching description ...with patience and dignity....What else could one ask for? I last saw you and Ken at Margeurite's memorial, and my father and I had a good chat about Ken and you and life yesterday. I didn't know he was a paddler and a singer. Such full lives we lead, and long ones, we hope. Thinking of you this week....Andrée Cooligan xo
Andree Cooligan
July 6, 2016
Dear Ruth and family
We were very proud to have known Ken from Church. Both you and he were such strong supporters of the refugee initiatives and have such wonderfully kind hearts. He was a good man.
Connie Edlund & Jim Reardon
July 5, 2016
Dear Ruth and family, on behalf of the Alta Vista bridge club, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies on your loss. For many years, Ken was club manager and without his leadership, the club would not be what it is today. He was a well respected and well liked duplicate player and you are both missed at the table.
Del Holmes
July 4, 2016

Dear Ruth, so sorry to hear that you lost "KCB" your "Dear Boy". Deepest sympathy to you and your family. Rachel and Garret Cooligan
July 4, 2016
Un autre magnifique monument de notre diplomatie ! Condoléances à toutes sa belle famille élargie.
christian lapointe
July 3, 2016
Dear Ruth, on behalf of the National Council of Women of Canada, I would like to extend our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved husband, and to your family on the loss of their father and grandfather. Karen Dempsey
July 3, 2016
Dear Ruth, on behalf of the National Council of Women of Canada, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to you on the loss of your husband, and also to your family on the loss of their father and grandfather. Karen Monnon Dempsey
July 2, 2016
Ruth and family:
Theresa and l, wish to express our deepest sympathy to the whole family in the loss of Kenneth.
In the years we served Mackay United Church, the Brown family were strong supporters of its ministry, and in Ken's case, a significant contributor to the choir's musical offerings on Sunday's. Thank you Ken and family for your support. Joe and Theresa Burke.
July 2, 2016
Ruth and family, please accept our sincere condolences regarding the death of Kenneth. My mother Joyce Turnbull is in hospital after being diagnosed with arteritis. She will not be able to attend the funeral but I will be there to represent her and my family. She of course has many fond memories of all your trips etc. I have wonderful thoughts of lots of charades played at Joyce Ireland's New Year's Eve parties! love to all, Janet Clayton
Joyce Turnbull
July 2, 2016
Thank you Sir for your dedicated service to our country.R.I.P.
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