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BROWN, Thomas
With deep sorrow, the family of Thomas Brown announces his passing, peacefully at age 40 on May 16, 2017, surrounded by loving family and loyal friends. A devoted husband to Michèle and dearest dad to Abigail, Tom will be missed by his father Graham and mother Pamela, sisters Johanne (Kirk Albert) and Leslie (Mark Hanna) and his entire extended family. Tom lived a big life; he was kind and fiercely loyal, a patriot and a soldier, an adventurous soul whose travels and talents took him around the world. Tom had "golden ears" and a supreme gift for music, earning nationwide acclaim as Pipe Major Sgt. with the Canadian Armed Forces Band, touring the world and performing to thousands as a bagpiper in Gaelic Storm, as tour manager for Kathleen Edwards, and as a sound engineer for countless others in studio and on stage. Family came first to Tom, and he considered his friends to be family. He brought people together with his ideas, his energy and his irresistible spirit. Every day was a celebration. Tom's family wishes to thank the many nurses and doctors at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus ICU for the kindness and compassion they provided to Tom during his final days. Friends are invited to remember Tom at
Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery
3700 Prince of Wales Drive
on Saturday, May 20, 2 to 4 p.m., with a service to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Program. Online condolences at

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on May 18, 2017.
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December 4, 2017
I knew Tom way back in the day as a fellow CameronHighlander Cadet. Another fellow cadet recently told me of his passing. Please allow me leave my condolences. He was too young and full of life to be taken.
Victoria Kirk
May 26, 2017
Michelle, I am so sorry to hear about Tom's passing. I had the wonderful privilege to know him briefly when I was in university. His kindness and spirit always shone through. My prayers are for you and Abi and all Tom's family. I will always remember him with his kemptville boys.
Melissa Koh
May 23, 2017
Dear Michele, I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I heard a wonderful tribute to Tom on CBC Radio. He was clearly respected and loved by many. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter, Abigail. I hope that the special memories bring you some comfort.
Louise Gervais
May 21, 2017
Pam, Graham and family,

We are holding you all close in our hearts and prayers.

Love Maggie and Neil
Maggie Vennard
May 21, 2017
Dear Pam
To you and your family, my deepest sympathy.
A friend from Savoy

Penny Mapleston
Penny Mapleston
May 21, 2017
The most beautiful tribute to Tom yesterday - I felt privileged to be a part of it. Michele and Abi - his love will always be with you, and may your happy memories with him sustain you in the difficult days ahead.
Judy Fredette
May 20, 2017
Dear Pam, Graham & Family ; our sincere condolences at this sad time at your loss of Tom.

Rita & Fred Davidson
North Grenville, ON
May 20, 2017
Dear Michelle, Abi and family,
Thinking of you today. I am sorry I can't be there today. Tom was an amazing man, one of my favourite people.
Kelly Cavanagh
Kelly Cavanagh
May 20, 2017
Thinking of you and Abby, Michèle. Hold on to your memories of Tom, and carry his spirit with you in your heart, and mind as you guide Abby on the journey of life.
Dawn Collings
May 19, 2017
Dear Graham and Pam
My sincerest condolences to you and family. Thinking of you
With love
Kathy Morgan
Kathy Morgan
May 19, 2017
Dear Johanne, Leslie and the entire Brown Family,

Please accept my sincere condolences for your tremendous loss.

In the last few weeks, while I have been reminded of how blessed I am to have had such incredibly beautiful, young people cross my path; it has come with a stark reminder of just how fragile life can be.

It sounds like Tom was as full of energy, passion and commitment being a husband, father, brother and son, as he was a shining fixture in the lives he touched while a student at NGDHS. May the life he so richly shared with you, and the memories you carry, provide comfort through this time of grief and solace in the wake of tears.

Mr. (Phil) Stover
Phil Stover
May 19, 2017
Johanne, We extend our deepest sympathy on the passing of your brother. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
John and Barbara Poulin
Barbara and John Poulin
May 19, 2017
Pam, Graham and family,

Praying for comfort and peace for you all.
Love, Anne and Stuart
Anne Douglas
May 18, 2017
So sorry to hear the news about Tom. Tom was my son's best friend for many years. He and Tom were in the Cameron Highlanders together. Tom spent many days and nights at our house. He was so full of life and always ready to laugh. We will keep you in our hearts and prayers. Judie and Hal Steffler
May 18, 2017
Please accept my condolences for your loss. I remember Tom from his time with Gaelic Storm. He was always so kind to all of the fans, and we could all tell how much he loved his work. He will truly be missed.
Janice Unger
May 18, 2017
Our deepest condolences Michelle and Abi. Tom was a very kind man.
Aneta and Gil Nasrallah
May 18, 2017
An absolute star of a person with a great heart and a true love of music and his family, friends who came into his life and never left, and a soul that calmed others and brought the music to so many. He will be missed.
Bethany Bisaillion
May 18, 2017
Dear Graham, Pam and family,
My deepest sympathy that Tom was taken from you too early. I pray you will find courage and that someday his spirit & memory will be stronger than your sorrow. I embrace and hold you all close in my heart.
Judith McDermid
May 18, 2017
Young Tom registered to become an audio engineer, 20 years ago.
He was right there with the top students, and I understand he used his skills very well.
He was a pleasure to know. Honest, willing and able. Tragic , that he left us so young.
Breen Murray
Former Owner
The Audio Recording Academy
May 18, 2017
I am so terribly sorry for your loss Johanne and family! He was taken way too soon. All my best!
Johanne Cote
May 18, 2017
Dear Michele and family,
I was so sorry to learn of Tom's passing. I spent a week with Tom and the Ottawa Police Pipe Band in Scotland last August and experienced his determination to succeed and his passion for piping and pipe bands. Although in obvious discomfort, he never let it affect his role with the band. He fought through pain and embraced every day with strength and a positive outlook. May you receive comfort from the many happy memories you have.
With sincere condolences,
Iain Boyd
May 18, 2017
Marcel Lalonde
May 18, 2017
Michelle, I am so sorry we will be out of town on the week-end and unable to be with you. I have made a donation to the Cancer Foundation. Take care !
Cindy Gascon / David Jackson
May 18, 2017
Dear Michelle & Abi,
Our sincere condolences to you and Abi, David was so sad to here this news! He raved about how Tom was the best sound guy he ever had and was always a great pleasure to work with. He will be deeply missed by all.
Cindy Gascon / Ret. Maj. David Jackson
May 18, 2017
To Michele and Abby, Pam and Graham and to Johanne and Kirk and Leslie and Mark and the rest of your family. I want to send you all my sincere condolences on behalf of my family. We will miss Tom but just know that the memories that we have will live a lifetime!! Tom will always be in our hearts and dreams and I hope you all find the strength in each other to get through this difficult time. Sorry for your loss - The Locke Family
Cindy Locke
May 18, 2017
Michele and Abi, my thoughts and prayers are with you always. This will be the hardest thing you face together, but I know you are both amazingly strong women and will take care of each other. I know Tom will always be with you as well, and he was so lucky to have the both of you in his life. You will always have a great daddy watching over you Abi. Love Miss Drummond
May 18, 2017
My family's condolences to to the entire Brown family. Our thoughts are with you. Tom, thank you for being the best friend a boy could ask for. We grew from boys to men together, always with adventure, fun and friendship. Thank you for being you, thank you for being in my life, your memory lives on in hearts of those that have met and loved you. We'll hang out again some day man. See you then.
Douglas Elmore
May 18, 2017
I went to high school with Tom. He was a great guy! Never stopped smiling . I remember how amazing it was when he wore his kilt to our prom. He was friendly , funny , and talented. Taken way too soon. My condolences to his family. RIP :(
Julienne Bourgeois
May 18, 2017
Dear Pam and Graham,
We are so sorry for your loss. So heart-breaking to lose a child so young and still with so much more life to live for his family.
With much love and sympathy,
Tony and Deirdre Garcia
Deirdre Garcia
May 18, 2017
My sincere condolences on the loss of one so loved and admired by so many.
Robert Long
May 18, 2017
So sorry for your loss. I knew Sgt Brown from CF Health Services C (O). He will be truly missed.
Karen Moore (CDU 2 clerk)
May 18, 2017
My Deepest Condolences to the Brown Family. My heart aches for you all!
Alex Munro
May 18, 2017
Michele and Abby, our thoughts and prayers are with you as you both grieve Tom's passing.
Kevin & Onagh Dooley
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