Dr. Alfred Francis BROWNE
1926 - 2021
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BROWNE, Dr. Alfred Francis August 6, 1926 - April 30, 2021 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dr. Alfred Francis Browne (Frank), loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. In his 95th year, Frank passed away peacefully, surrounded by love. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years Rita (nee Gilbert) loving father of Paul, Peter, Catherine (Peter), Patrick (Elizabeth), Teresa (Jim), predeceased by Michael and Margaret. Loving grandfather to Heidi, Jennifer, Andrew, James, Kristen, Courtney, Caitlin, Meaghan, Beverley, Michael, Jacqueline, Emma, predeceased by Jonathan. He will be greatly missed by his great-grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Family was everything to Frank. Son of the late Pearl (Gibson) and Alfred Neil (Browne). Frank was born and raised in East York, Ontario. He attended St. Brigid Catholic School followed by St. Michael's College. He spent his early days playing hockey, fishing and always enjoyed a good party. It was at a mutual friends party that he met his wife Rita. The two began courting and were married in 1951 at Blessed Sacrament Church. Frank graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto in 1951. This year would mark the 70th year since his graduation. He completed his internship at Sunnybrook Health Sciences shortly after. During his Residency, he had the opportunity to travel to many countries which he often spoke highly of. He spent a year training in Holland followed by a year at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. He was so proud of learning to speak Dutch and French later in life and sought out anyone to practice his language skills on. He began his career at Shouldice Hospital in 1956. He was a brilliant surgeon and took pride in his profession. He completed over 23,000 successful hernia repairs before fully retiring in 1990. A devout Catholic, Frank was deeply involved with Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church and it's community. In addition to being a Eucharistic Minister, he would often partake in social functions and fundraising events for causes such as the Serra Club of Toronto and Right to Life Canada. In addition to Florida and the the cottage, Frank's pride and joy was his garden. He would spend countless hours every year making sure everything was perfect. He always loved a good party and will be remembered by his neighbours for his annual backyard gatherings. This was truly his happy place. Frank also loved a good game of golf. As spring approached each year, you could see his eagerness to get out onto the golf course. He was an avid pianist and loved to entertain people with a good tune. He and his wife Rita loved Ballroom Dancing and took part in many competitions over the years. It wouldn't be uncommon for him to get up and start dancing in his home when he enjoyed a good song. Visitation will be held at Paul O'Connor Funeral Home located at 1939 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough. Funeral Mass will be held at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church located at 3 Combermere Dr., North York. Once these dates have been secured, they will be shared on the Paul O'Connor website.

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Published in Toronto Star on May 7, 2021.
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June 18, 2021
I knew Dr .Frank Brown professionally , working at Shouldice Hospital He was an excellent surgeon ,with great skills and I remember him for his passion for life.He was so much fun at Shouldice’s Christmas parties . My condolences to all the best and dear ones specially Rita ,his children , grand children and great grandchildren May his soul RIP
Cassim Degani
Coworker
May 21, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the Browne and Smith family.May the peace that passes all understanding and good memories bring comfort during this difficult time...RIP dear friends.
Wilda & Team (Dental Office)
Acquaintance
May 20, 2021
I just became aware of Mrs. Rita Browne’s passing only a week after Dr. Browne. Such a double blow to the family.
Our family wish to send our most sincerest condolences to your family and hope you find peace knowing they were thought of as kind and gentle souls. Now in heaven eternal.
Iris Kacor and family.
Iris Kacor
Coworker
May 19, 2021
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Love, Joanne and Jennifer Iannuzzi
May 19, 2021
My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Browne family. I had the pleasure of getting to know Dr. Browne through Peter. I recall his love for the game of golf when I had the opportunity to play golf with him. Anyone who met Dr. Browne would realize almost instantly what at great person he was, genuine, intelligent and very caring for others. I know he will be missed by his family and friends. I will miss his smile and the world will miss a great man. May he rest in peace.
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May 19, 2021
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Lino and Christine Fera
May 18, 2021
A very sad loss for the Browne family.
He was a kind gentle soul who's inner light always made you feel good when you were around him.
Karen and Steve Moyer.
Karen and Steve
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May 17, 2021
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Love, Grif
May 17, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to the Browne family for their loss. Mr. Browne was a lovely man, we miss him dearly. Rest in peace Frank.
Jacqueline Mueller
Family
May 14, 2021
Our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to the Browne family for your loss. It was our pleasure to have known such a wonderful, generous man who always made us feel welcome. Our thoughts and prayers to you all.
Iain, Lucy, Sean, Michael
Friend
May 14, 2021
Dr. Browne was such a good man,
A great human being
A great soul has departed,
For heaven unseen
Our deep condolences to the Browne Family!


Extending our deepest sympathy on
the loss of Mrs. Rita Browne. She has found eternal rest!

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Marie DeSouza
May 11, 2021
Dr. Browne was a true gentleman and a great surgeon. It was my honour to work with him at Shouldice Hospital. We had many great chats about music and life. God speed Dr. Browne.
Iris Kacor
Coworker
May 11, 2021
I worked with DR Brown at Shouldice hospital for many years,he was a wonderful surgeon to work with,such a gentle person and well respected by all the nursing staff it was always an enjoyable time assisting him in the operating room ,please accept my condolences on his passing,
Melanie Hartinger
Coworker
May 10, 2021
My deepest sympathy to Cathy Smith and family. God bless his soul and wishing you comfort through this difficult time.
Christine Nersisian
May 9, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the Browne family. Warm thoughts and prayers go out to everyone. May the wonderful memories stay forever in your hearts. God Bless
Vickie Mullen-Alexander
Friend
May 9, 2021
We treasure and remember the many...many...years that Frank, Mary McK, Tim A. and us travelled to Ottawa for the Annual March For Life. Also, we looked forward to greeting each other almost daily at Mass at Annunciation Church. May he rest in peace.
Malcolm and Elizabeth Abdool
Friend
May 8, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will miss you always.
Ann Mullan
May 8, 2021
May the Lord bless him and welcome him to eternal rest.
Deacon Bill Daly
May 7, 2021
Dear Pat and Liz

What an amazing life your dad led truly inspirational! May his warm beautiful memories stay alive forever.

You are in our thoughts and prayers!
Joslyn and Cynthia Rodericks
CJ Rodericks
Friend
May 7, 2021
Heidi Browne
Grandchild
May 7, 2021
Heidi Browne
Grandchild
May 7, 2021
Heidi Browne
Grandchild
May 7, 2021
There are no words to properly describe the man my grandpa was but, this last week a lot of people are referring to him as A LEGEND and i think that describes him perfectly! My siblings and I looked forward to grandpa taking us to the cottage every year (best part was grandpa jumping off the dock yelling WOO HOO), he always made Christmas extra special for us and never missed one of our important Milestones...he was so much more than just our grandpa. Everyone who met him really did fall in love with him. I remember grandma questioning him all the time as to why it took him hours to grocery shop or why he was so late returning from church and his answer was always that he ran into someone he knew and they "got to talking". There were many nights grandpa would be called from his garden for dinner and when we would go see what the delay was we'd find him across the street talking with a neighbour or leaning into the car of someone that stopped to say hi to Doc Browne. Grandpa really did love a good party and would spend days preparing for his annual backyard bbq. Every Christmas you could see the anticipation on his face as he waited for his family to arrive dressed in his red shirt (his mother bought him) and Christmas Cracker paper crown on his head ... that paper crown would remain on his head all night. My grandparents raised 7 children and lovingly took me into their home and raised me as their 8th child and for that and everything else they gave me i'll forever be grateful. Our lives have been forever changed now that your gone grandpa but you will remain in our hearts and memories forever. I love you
Love your Heidjenanny Poo
Heidi Browne
Grandchild
May 7, 2021
There are no words to properly describe the man my grandpa was but this last week a lot of people have said A LEGEND and I think that describes him perfectly! My grandpa always took my siblings and I to the cottage every year (best part was when grandpa jumped off the dock and yelled Woo Hoo), made Christmas extra special for us and never missed one of our important Milestones .... he was so much more than just our grandpa. Everyone who met him really did fall in love with him
I remember grandma questioning him all the time as to why it took him hours to grocery shop or why he was so late returning from church and his answer was always that he ran into someone he knew and they “got to talking”. There were many a nights grandpa would be called from his garden for dinner and when we’d go see what the delay was we’d find him across the street talking with a neighbour or leaning on the car of someone that stopped in the road to say hi to Doc Browne.
Grandpa really did love a good party and would spend days preparing for his annual backyard bbq. Every Christmas you could see the anticipation on his face as he waited for his family to arrive dressed in his red shirt (his mother bought him) and Christmas cracker paper crown on his head... that paper crown would remain on his head all night.
My grandparents raised 7 children and took me in open hearted and raised me as their 8th child and for that and everything else they gave me I’ll forever be grateful.
Our lives have been forever changed now that your gone grandpa but you will remain in our hearts and memories always. I love you
Love your Heidjenanny Poo
Heidi
Grandchild
May 7, 2021
No matter how long our parents live, it’s never long enough. You are all in my thoughts and prayers especially during this difficult time. All the fantastic memories will be pulling at our heartstrings forever more.
Rocchetta (Rocky) Cirone
Friend
May 7, 2021
Dear Teresa and family, Steve and I send you a sincerest condolences on the passing of your beloved father. It sounds like he lived a wonderful life with his family. May his memory be for a blessing. Sending you a big hug and our love.
Donna and Steve Goldenberg
Friend
May 7, 2021
I know deep in my heart that my grandpa is free from his suffering, but there are no words that can be said to heal this huge crack in my heart. When I had news, he was the first person I would call, when I needed advice and couldn't handle any judgement, he was the safest place to go. His door was always open and you knew when you walked in his door that you were home and always loved. He taught me to love whole heartedly and to always be kind, even if it wasn't deserved. He was my go to for medical advice with any ache and pain. He was the best listening ear one could ever have. In the last week, there have been endless times I have attempted to reach out to him as he was always the first place I would go. An outsider could never understand what he was to us. I am truly lost and don't know where to go from here. I know he would want us to hold his memory close to our hearts and to go on with life, knowing he will always be there. In these unpredictable times, hold your loved ones close and never miss a chance to tell them you love them. Grandpa, wherever you are, I hope you're at peace with great gram and all of our loved ones who passed on before.
Kristen Browne
Family
May 7, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Veronica chafe
Friend
May 7, 2021
I could never put into words the wonderful man my grandpa was but over the last week I’ve heard a lot of people refer to him as A LEGEND and I think that’s a perfect description! Growing up my grandpa ensured my siblings and I enjoyed summers at the cottage, always made holidays extra special for us and was always present for important milestones in our lives.... he was so much more than just our grandpa. I remember growing up and grandpa getting questioned weekly why he took hours to grocery shop or why he was so late returning home from church and the answer was that he ran into someone he knew and “got talking”. Grandpa would get called to come in from working on his garden as it was dinner time and once again we’d be sitting waiting and look out to see he was across the street talking to some neighbour or leaning into the car of a passerby that pulled over to say hello to Doc Browne. Everyone who met him instantly loved him. Grandpa loved a party .... he’d prep for days in anticipation for his annual backyard bbq and you could feel his excitement every Christmas Day while he waited for his family to arrive and every Christmas picture he’d be in his traditional red shirt (his mother bought him) and his Christmas cracker paper hat proudly placed on his head.
I have a lifetime of memories that I will cherish always of the funny, kind, selfless, generous, loving and supportive man I’m proud to call my grandpa.
Thank you grandpa for raising me to be the woman I am today..... I will cherish and love you forever.... our world will never be the same now that you are gone.
Xo Your Heidjenanny Poo
Heidi
Grandchild
May 7, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Ken mccourt
Friend
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