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Thomas Francis Brown (Tom)

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It is with heavy hearts that we must announce Tom’s passing on Tuesday March 2 2021.  Tom was born August 6 1955 6th of 8 kids. 


He was predeceased by his wife (Pat Starkey) Father (Roy Brown) and his Mother and step-Father (Evelyn and Claire Pearson) niece Susan, nephew Jack and step brother Larry Pearson


Tom grew up in Kenora and obtained a Stationery Engineer degree in Thunder Bay that he utilized at the mill until it closed.  After the closing, he worked at various local companies but always said his job at Pioneer as a flagger was one he enjoyed most as he was able to entertain the vehicles he flagged with his animated techniques.


Tom married Pat Starkey in 1984 and they enjoyed traveling to many music concerts and visiting her family in southern Ontario.  In later years Tom could be seen with Pat in her wheelchair shopping locally or even traveling to the sunny south.


After Pat’s passing in 2009 – Tom continued to travel – caving and barracuda fishing trips to Mexico with Ed and Dave, to the east and west coasts by car and to the northern coast by train to Churchill. He went exploring with his brothers to the Killdeer Badlands, Moose Jaw, and the Qu’appelle Valley. He loved the Prairie open spaces.  On one memorable trip he accompanied Joe to a Denver Jem Show to pick up large marine reptile fossils from Morrocco that are now on display at the Miami Manitoba Museum.  Tom also loved to go fishing with his brothers Dave, Ed and Joe with stories on their return about the big one that got away and the little ones that never seemed to escape.


Tom is survived by his siblings – Bill (Dolly): Ed (Helen): Joe (Lorna): Marge (Laurie): Dave (Sharon): Susie (Merl): Audrey (Danis) and his nieces Bridgette, Jennifer, Penny, Frances, Naomi, Rachel and Jennifer and his nephews Max, Ben, and Wells and all their families. He is also survived by his step-brothers Brent (Cheryl) and Dale (Patti) Pearson and their families and brother in law Jack Starkey sr. and family.


Tom was a good-natured soul with a kind and generous spirit that his family cherished and will miss greatly.


The family would like to thank the Homecare Workers, who were invaluable supports that allowed him to stay in his home. 


A summer celebration is planned to reunite Tom and Jack with Pat when travel permits.