BROWN, Arthur Lloyd November 14, 1930 - December 4, 2020 It is with great sadness that the family of Arthur Brown share the news of his passing after a two year battle with bladder cancer. Art was the second child born to Norman and Esther Brown. He grew up with his brothers Fred and Harold along with their little sister Rhoda on the farm in Glenella, MB. In 1951 when his parents sold the farm and moved, Art went to work as a hired man for Nels Bay of Birnie, MB. Art married his teenage sweetheart Audrey Hunt, after 5 years of courting on June 22nd, 1954. Following their marriage, they took up residence in Vancouver where Art tried his hand at selling Kirby vacuum cleaners. The career was short lived. Due to family illness, Art and Audrey moved to Spring Coulee, AB in the spring 1955 where his parents resided at the time. In September, Art was employed by the PFRA as a technician during construction of the St. Mary's Irrigation Project. Art and Audrey had two girls who he adored, Cindy in 1958 and Kath in 1961. In November 1962, Art was transferred to the Gardiner Dam Project at Cutbank, SK. The family lived there until 1970 when they moved to Outlook, SK. Art continued working at the dam until 1985 when he retired. Art was a farmer at heart. He went into partnership with his close friend Curly Hallan, forming CHAB Ranch. It started as a hobby with 7 cattle and over time, grew into a herd of over 100 head. When they chose to sell the cattle, Art was hired by his good friend Leo Tomasiewicz with whom he worked until Art was 87 years old. Art was an outdoorsman. He loved hunting and fishing. There are many people who have fond memories of time spent enjoying these activities with him. He even convinced his daughters to "push bush." They will never forget this experience. A proud moment was in 2008 when he caught a rainbow trout weighing over 35lbs. It was a true fish story, he held the line with one hand and chopped the hole bigger with the other to land his catch. Art was an avid curler and golfer. He was accomplished in both. One lifetime achievement was his hole-in-one in June of 2015. He enjoyed golfing and curling as long as he was able. Art found it amusing that at age 88 he had to tee-off last as he was the youngest of his senior team. Art was very involved with the Elks and Wildlife Federation volunteering countless hours. He could also be found helping at the church potlucks or in the kitchen washing dishes. Another passion was his garden. He spent many hours tending it, fighting tomato blight and deer. Many tactics were tried to keep the deer from eating his garden; being resourceful he used his farming experience and put up an electric fence. Those deer didn't know they had tangled with an old rancher. Art loved music; old time and fiddle were his favourite. He rarely missed a dance. The girls remember on rare occasion the harmonica would come out with some encouragement. Art embraced technology. He wanted a computer for his 80th birthday and on his 85th he got an IPad. He texted his girls daily and they responded. On occasion someone would forget to push the send button. This would mean a phone call was necessary to check to make sure everything was okay. We will miss our "Daily Updates". Art was a family man. He was happy when his daughters married and he gained two sons who he thought the world of. Art's was thrilled with the arrival of his grandchildren and great grandchildren who gave him great joy. Art lived to celebrate his 90th birthday. He enjoyed the calls, cards, e-mails and Facebook messages. Due to Covid, it was a quiet celebration with Chinese food and birthday cake. Little did we know that 20 days later we would be saying our final farewell. Art was a man of few words and had a dry sense of humour. He said, "I've had a good life. Mother will miss me (long pause) and maybe a few others". Left to cherish Art's memory are his loving wife of 66 years Audrey, daughters Cindy (Karl) Butler and Kath (Warren) Frazer, grandchildren Kyle (Vanessa), Martin (Cali), Scott (Erinn) and Erika, great grandchildren Peyton, Cali, Bentley and Theo, brothers Fred (Gerry) and Harold, brother in-law Russ Wilson, sister-in-law Merle Hunt, and many nieces, nephews and good friends. He was predeceased by his grandson James Butler, sister Rhoda Wilson, sisters-in-law Nancy Brown, Ruby (Dave) Hunter, and brothers-in-law Jim and Wilbert (Jeanne) Hunt. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of St. Paul's Hospital, City Hospital and Outlook & District Health Centre for the wonderful care given to Art over the past two years. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to: Bladder Cancer Canada, The Outlook & District Health Foundation or St. Andrew's United Church, Outlook, SK. Due to Covid, Art requested a private family graveside service. He did not want people to come and not be served lunch. The service will be held on Friday, December 11th, 2020 at the Outlook Cemetery. Rest in Peace Dad. We Will Miss You. Arrangements are in care of Outlook Funeral Chapel. __________________________________________________
Published in The Outlook from Dec. 10, 2020 to Jan. 9, 2021.