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 www.christielakekids.com
or the MacKay United Church Memorial Fund.